Rob Stein appears in the following:
Friday, August 18, 2017
NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. More research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Data from nearly 43,000 men around the world found that sperm counts dropped by more than half in Western countries. It could reflect a decline in health overall, scientists say.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to how it regulates cigarettes and related products, including reducing the amount of nicotine allowed in tobacco cigarettes.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
U.S. doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers less often and at lower doses, but at rates that are three times higher than their European counterparts, the CDC says.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to appear in an Australian court next month to face sexual assault charges. The Trump administration on Thursday will outline how the travel ban will work.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
An analysis examining mortality among millions of Americans concludes that a tiny decrease in levels of soot could save about 12,000 lives each year.
Monday, June 26, 2017
A study of whole genome sequencing found that while many people discovered genetic variations linked to rare diseases, they didn't overreact to the news.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Public education campaigns and restrictions on sales to minors have helped discourage teenagers from vaping, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Fetuses in the third trimester responded more often to patterns that resembled faces than patterns that did not. The findings don't mean fetuses can recognize their parents' faces before they're born.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Research indicates a significant number of the tumors detected through mammography are small because they are prone to slow growth. The findings suggest many are unlikely to become life-threatening.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The CDC says health care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals need to work harder to prevent contamination with the bacterium that causes the potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.
Monday, May 15, 2017
African-Americans experienced a drop in blood pressure when they moved from highly segregated neighborhoods to more integrated areas, according to a study that followed people's health for decades.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
In New York, hundreds of scientists discussed a highly ambitious and controversial project. They want to create synthetic genetic codes for all kinds of creatures — including the human genetic code.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Geographic inequality in life span is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
The CDC says the death rate for black Americans fell 25 percent over 17 years and was especially dramatic for those 65 and older. But young black people are still dying earlier than white Americans.