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Rob Stein

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With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Monday, July 28, 2014

The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.

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Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

Monday, July 14, 2014

You and your friends may have more than music and movies in common. Friends typically have more genetic similarities than strangers, researchers say. That may have evolutionary advantages.

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Individual Conscience And Society Collide Over Contraception

Friday, July 04, 2014

Contraception is the latest in a long line of often bitter history of balancing the right of conscience with the needs of society. (This piece first aired on Feb. 16, 2012 on All Things Considered.)

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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3-D Printing Lends Doctors A Hand, Building Tailor-Made Body Parts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Medicine is making use of 3-D printing more and more. Researchers are creating three-dimensional models of body parts to help plan surgeries; they're even creating replacement body parts from plastic and human cells. This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to set up a 3-D printing lab of its own, to evaluate the flood new medical devices using the technology.

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Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After the Food and Drug Administration said that antidepressants could spur suicidal thinking in teens, doctors prescribed the drugs less often. The change may have led to more suicides.

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Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes

Monday, June 16, 2014

Insulin monitors and pumps are getting better, but a person with diabetes will tell you they're far from ideal. Potential solutions include one that delivers two hormones to control blood sugar.

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Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Public health officials have dreamed of getting cigarette use down to 16 percent of teens, and that day has come. But some are turning to hookahs and electronic cigarettes, so the news isn't all good.

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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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3rd U.S. Case Raises More Questions About MERS Virus

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Federal health officials reported over the weekend that the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, had spread from one person to another for the first time in the U.S.

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Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

Monday, May 12, 2014

A case of Middle East respiratory syndrome has been found in the U.S. The virus has killed about a quarter of the people known to have been infected. But the risk to the public remains low.

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Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

Friday, May 09, 2014

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.

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First American Case Of MERS Reported In Indiana

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the first case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus, or MERS, has been confirmed in the U.S. A health care worker in Indiana who recently returned from Saudi Arabia has been hospitalized and is critical condition.

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'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells. If they can make the sperm viable, researchers could help men who thought they'd never have kids. But the findings also raise ethical questions.

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Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

By surgically transplanting material from pig bladders into the injured legs of several men, doctors prompted muscles to heal by growing and nurturing fresh, healthy cells.

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Facing Execution Drug Shortage, States Struggle To Get Cocktail Right

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A botched execution in Oklahoma is only the latest issue since states started having trouble obtaining the drugs used to execute inmates. They've been trying new combinations and new drugs, which often had never been used before for that purpose.

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With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

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FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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