The Media and I: A Potpourri of Scientific & Medical Issues

By Henry I. Miller, MS, MD — Jun 20, 2024
KSCJ radio host Mark Hahn and I discussed a range of topics, starting with the controversy surrounding "Gain of Function" laboratory research, which I explained is often misunderstood and not inherently dangerous if proper biosafety measures are followed. Then we turned to medical issues: a new medical technology to measure bone health and a new vaccine to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.

We talked about the risks associated with human error in high-security research labs, emphasizing the need for appropriate regulation and oversight. Shifting to bone health, I described a new technique called "microindentation" that measures bone resilience, a good measure of the health of bones.  Good bone health is crucial for preventing fractures, especially in older adults. Lastly, we covered a promising pineapple-flavored under-the-tongue spray vaccine to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.  It has shown significant efficacy in trials but faces regulatory hurdles in the US despite having been approved in other countries.


You can listen to my conversation with Mark Hahn here 

You can find my article on bone health here 

You can find my article on the vaccine to prevent chronic urinary tract infections here



Henry I. Miller, MS, MD

Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, is the Glenn Swogger Distinguished Fellow at the American Council on Science and Health. His research focuses on public policy toward science, technology, and medicine, encompassing a number of areas, including pharmaceutical development, genetic engineering, models for regulatory reform, precision medicine, and the emergence of new viral diseases. Dr. Miller served for fifteen years at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a number of posts, including as the founding director of the Office of Biotechnology.

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