Rob Stein

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Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

An analysis of global demographics indicates the maximum human life span may have peaked at around 115 years. That's despite medical advances and the occasional person who lives a few years longer.


Japanese Biologist Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to a Japanese scientist who explained that cells have their own versions of recycling plants, how they work, and the role of this process in diseases.


CDC Tells Men At Risk Of Zika To Put Off Procreation For 6 Months

Friday, September 30, 2016

Men who may have Zika should wait at least six months before having unprotected sex with partners trying to conceive, regardless of whether the men ever developed any symptoms, the CDC now says.


CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Thursday, September 29, 2016

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.


New York Fertility Doctor Says He Created Baby With 3 Genetic Parents

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The New York-based doctor has sparked praise and criticism by going to Mexico and using DNA from three adults to create a child for a couple from Jordan who lost two children to a genetic disorder.


Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A scientist in Sweden has started experiments on healthy human embryos in which DNA is altered. The aim is to determine the causes of infertility. It's the first known use of so-called "gene-editing" tools on healthy human embryos, and critics say it could potentially lead society down a very dangerous path.


Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions about genetic engineering.


Researchers Question Safety, Value Of Untested Stem Cell Treatments

Monday, September 05, 2016

Clinics are using stem cells to treat problems ranging from arthritis and torn tendons to paralysis and stroke. But researchers say there's no evidence that the treatments work or are safe.


New Zika Outbreak Hits Popular Tourist Destination Of Miami Beach

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its advice to travelers, advising pregnant women to avoid parts of Miami Beach where the Zika virus is spreading.


Falls From Strollers And Baby Carriers Can Cause Serious Injuries

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Though they're generally safe, strollers and baby carriers are associated with thousands of trips to the emergency room for very young children. Falls are more common than you might think.


NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The National Institutes of Health is proposing to fund experiments that create chimeras of human and animal cells while also imposing restrictions in response to ethical concerns.


NIH Plans To End Moratorium On Funding Controversial Chimera Research

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The National Institutes of Health is proposing to permit funding for the controversial experiments, which involve scientists using human stem cells to create embryos that are part human, part animal.


Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The microbes that inhabit our bodies evolved with us for millions of years, providing new evidence of the symbiotic role our bacteria play in our lives.


Florida Officials Probe Zika Case That May Not Be Related To Travel

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Florida Department of Health says it's possible that a Zika infection in Miami-Dade County is not related to travel in a country where Zika is spreading. An investigation is underway.


Twin Sisters Try To Get Pregnant With Ovaries They Froze In 2009

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Each twin had an ovary removed and frozen in 2009, when they were in their 30s, in hopes of buying more time to get pregnant and have babies. But will the thawed, reimplanted ovaries work?


A Case Of Zika Apparently Spread From A Patient To A Family Caregiver

Monday, July 18, 2016

Federal and Utah health officials are investigating a case that may be the first instance of Zika spreading from one person to another in ways other than via mosquito bites, sex or the placenta.


First Case Reported Of A Woman Infecting A Man With Zika Through Sex

Friday, July 15, 2016

A woman in her 20s infected a man after she returned to New York City from a country where Zika is spreading. Health officials say he got infected through unprotected sexual intercourse.


Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Obama administration's controversial proposal to revise human research rules is flawed and should be scrapped, says a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A technology known as a gene drive might be deployed to re-engineer species and stop diseases like malaria. But a scientific advisory panel says research and use should proceed with great caution.


Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

Thursday, June 02, 2016

A synthetic version of the human genetic blueprint might used for a wide range of medical research, scientists say. But it's far from reality, and comes with big ethical and safety questions.