Rob Stein

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Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

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.

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Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

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.

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Sperm Counts Plummet In Western Men, Study Finds

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.

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FDA Announces Plan To Cut Level Of Nicotine Allowed In Cigarettes

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.

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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

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.

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Opioid Prescriptions Falling But Remain Too High, CDC Says

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.

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News Brief: Cardinal Denies Sexual Assault Charges, Travel Ban Details

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.

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U.S. Air Pollution Still Kills Thousands Every Year, Study Concludes

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.

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Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

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.

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Teens' Use Of E-Cigarettes Drops For The First Time, CDC Says

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.

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FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

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.

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Fetuses Respond To Face-Like Patterns, Study Suggests

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.

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Some Small Tumors In Breasts May Not Be So Bad After All

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.

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Plumbing In Hospitals And Nursing Homes Can Spread Legionnaires' Disease

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.

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Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

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.

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Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

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.

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Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Lowers Blacks' Blood Pressure

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.

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Scientists Raise Concern By Wanting To Create Synthetic Human Genomes

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.

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Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

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.

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Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

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.

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