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Rob Stein

Rob Stein appears in the following:

Reporting On The Zika Virus Means Getting Up Close And Personal

Monday, February 29, 2016

A visit to a Brazilian virology laboratory at the epicenter of the Zika outbreak gives a reporter a close encounter with the mysterious virus that has triggered a global health emergency.

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Disease Detectives In Brazil Go Door-To-Door To Solve Zika Mystery

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A team of health experts is tracking down mothers who had babies with microcephaly to try to prove or debunk the link to Zika virus.

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CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Spread Of Zika Virus

Monday, February 22, 2016

Disease detectives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention begin their crucial effort on the ground in Brazil to firmly establish whether the Zika virus is really causing terrible birth defects.

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CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Zika Outbreak

Monday, February 22, 2016

U.S. disease detectives are launching a research project that health authorities hope will produce the most definitive evidence yet about whether the virus is really causing birth defects.

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Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard To Stop, And May Be Risky

Monday, February 15, 2016

Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase patients' risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.

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Zika May Not Spread In Saliva Or Urine, Health Officials Say

Friday, February 05, 2016

U.S. health experts cautioned Friday that the apparent discovery of the Zika virus in saliva and urine from people in Brazil does not necessarily mean the virus can be spread by more casual contact with infected people, such as through kissing.

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Babies With Genes From 3 People Could Be Ethical, Panel Says

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

An independent federal panel says the experimental procedure needs to be proven safe, and even then should only be tried with male embryos because of concerns about passing down genetic errors.

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British Scientists Gain Approval To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

Monday, February 01, 2016

British regulators are giving scientists the first government sanction to edit DNA in human embryos. Scientists want to do this to learn more about human development, but critics fear it will lead to designer babies.

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Researchers Test Microbe Wipe To Promote Babies' Health After C-Sections

Monday, February 01, 2016

A small study suggests that slathering newborns with their mothers' microbes after cesarean sections could help create healthy microbiomes. Reducing childhood illness later on is the goal.

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Dog Flu Virus Spreading Across The United States

Friday, January 29, 2016

One strain of dog flu causing outbreaks in the U.S. appears to be especially contagious, making it likely more dogs than usual will get sick, veterinarians say. Still, 90 percent of cases are mild.

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U.S. Health Agencies Intensify Fight Against Zika Virus

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A human study of Zika virus vaccine could begin as early as this year, U.S. health officials told reporters Thursday.

But the officials cautioned that it could be years before the vaccine is available for wide use.

The news came as the Zika virus continues to spread through the Americas. ...

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Big Zika Virus Outbreak Unlikely In The U.S., Officials Say

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The spread of Zika is probably limited by window screens and other mosquito-control measures in common use in the U.S. Also, the primary mosquito that carries Zika has a somewhat limited range.

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Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Are Linked To Kidney Disease Risk

Monday, January 11, 2016

Medications for heartburn called proton pump inhibitors are linked to a higher risk for chronic kidney disease, according to a study. It's the latest in a growing list of worries with these drugs.

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Itchy Eyes? Sneezing? Maybe Blame That Allergy On Neanderthals

Thursday, January 07, 2016

At least three genes that predispose some of us to hay fever and other allergies came from Neanderthal DNA, scientists say. The genes very likely boosted the immunity of our early ancestors.

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Giving Birth Outside A Hospital Is A Little Riskier For The Baby

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A big study finds the risk that the baby will die soon after delivery is twice as high if the delivery was planned for home or a birthing center versus the hospital, but such deaths are very rare.

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Researchers Find Lapses In Hospitals' Policies For Determining Brain Death

Monday, December 28, 2015

Most hospitals don't require neurologists, neurosurgeons or even fully trained doctors to make the ultimate call.

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Childhood Asthma Rates Level Off, But Racial Disparities Remain

Monday, December 28, 2015

For the first time in decades, the number of children with asthma isn't increasing, federal scientists report. But cases continue to rise among African-American children and poor children.

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FDA Lifts Ban On Blood Donations By Gay And Bisexual Men

Monday, December 21, 2015

For three decades, men who have sex with men were barred from ever donating blood. A new policy will allow gay and bisexual men to donate, but only if they've been celibate for at least a year.

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Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids' Coughs And Pain

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Codeine can trigger rare, but life-threatening, breathing problems in kids. Food and Drug Administration advisers want to more tightly restrict the drug's use by anyone under 18.

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Tiny Witnesses: Microbes Can Tell When A Murder Victim Died

Thursday, December 10, 2015

When bodies decompose, the types of bacteria on and around the body change in predictable ways. These patterns can be used to estimate time of death, a crucial clue in solving murders.

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