Richard Knox is an award-winning journalist who has reported on a broad range of topics in medicine, health, public and environmental health, global health, biomedical sciences, health economics and biomedical ethics. His reports — in print, on the air, and on the internet and social media — are known for incisiveness, authority and balance.
Knox has been a health and science correspondent for NPR and a medical writer for The Boston Globe. In addition to WBUR, his work appears in Goats and Soda, NPR’s global health and development blog, and NPR’s Facebook page. He’s the author of a respected book on Germany’s health system.
Knox has held year-long fellowships at Stanford and Harvard. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia University.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says there were more than 72,000 documented accidents involving drowsy drivers between 2009 and 2013. But that’s just from official police reports, so it’s a gross under-estimate.
A new report finds that TB cases in the U.S. rose in 2015, after nearly 25 years of steady decline. The ancient scourge can still resurface, worrying some American public health specialists more than Zika or Ebola, and raising concerns about tight funding.
Two new research projects employ Big Data to try to understand long-term symptoms of Lyme disease: One analyzes gene activity, and the other gathers self-reports from patients.
A $1 Pill That Could Save Thousands Of Lives: Research Suggests Cheap Way To Avoid U.N.-Caused CholeraFebruary 05, 2016
Researchers say a single U.N. peacekeeper may have introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010, touching off the most explosive cholera epidemic of modern times. New research says future tragedies could be largely avoided if peacekeepers took a $1 antibiotic pill before deployment. The U.N. has so far rejected that idea.
The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency in connection with birth defects believed to be linked to Zika virus, but the effects are expected to largely spare the mainland United States.
A new study finds that 64.3 percent of U.S. health expenditures are government-financed.
Specialists say there’s good reason to think point-of-sale prevention at gun shops can make a meaningful dent in curbing suicides.
As numbers and news coverage of police killings mount, Harvard researchers say it’s time to take a public-health approach to the problem. They say public health departments should be tasked with compiling data on police killings the same way they do on infant mortality or drug overdose deaths.
New research finds that breast cancer is becoming an increasingly survivable disease in the United States. But while the overall death rate has been dropping, the rate of getting cancer in the first place has been rising among African-American women.
Amid much current discussion about high drug costs, a new study finds that the cost to make some commonly used cancer drugs is up to 600 times less than the sticker price.