Rob Stein

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Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The device kept fetal lambs alive for about a month, allowing them to continue to mature. It has not been tested in humans, and some say the device raises ethical questions.

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes each man decide with his doctor whether to undergo routine PSA testing, citing recent evidence of benefits and ways to minimize downsides of screening.

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Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scientists have assembled a lab system from living tissue that can replicate a woman's 28-day hormonal cycle. The goal is to use the system to find new ways to treat a host of women's health problems.

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Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

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Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.

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3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.

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Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Thursday, March 09, 2017

An international consortium of researchers has synthesized about a third of the genetic code of baker's yeast. It's an important milestone in science's quest to create complex "synthetic life."

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Embryo Experiments On Human Development Raise Ethical Concerns

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Embryo-like entities are being created in a New York lab using human embryonic stem cells. Scientists hope to learn more about the earliest stages of human development without using actual embryos.

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Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Researchers who study developing human embryos have long limited their experimentation to lab embryos that are no more than 14 days into development. Some scientists are now pushing that boundary.

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Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

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New Quarantine Authority Gives CDC More Power To Stop Outbreaks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is about to acquire strong new powers to quarantine people to prevent or stop a dangerous outbreak. It's a step being welcomed by many public health authorities as long overdue, but raising fears the new authority could violate civil liberties.

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CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.

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Trump Administration Cancels Ads Encouraging Obamacare Sign-Ups

Friday, January 27, 2017

With the end of open enrollment just days away, the Trump administration pulled the plug on advertisements and outreach to encourage people to buy health insurance.

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Controversial Research On Creation Of Human-Animal Embryos Published

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Results from two sets of experiments provide encouragement to researchers working on "chimera" embryos that may someday be used to grow organs for transplantation into people.

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Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

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Danish Study Raises More Questions About Mammograms' Message

Monday, January 09, 2017

Research from Denmark suggests about one-third of lumps detected by routine mammograms would never have become dangerous. That puts women at risk of needless surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

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Zika Virus: What We've Learned This Past Year

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Zika virus emerged as a global threat to pregnant women and their developing babies in the last year. What have we learned in 2016 and what can we expect from Zika?

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Knowing Someone Who Faced Discrimination May Affect Blood Pressure

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Seeing someone close to you experience racial discrimination may have more of an effect on health than experiencing that discrimination yourself, a study finds.

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Study Offers Clues To Risk Of Zika Birth Defects In The U.S.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Women who were infected with Zika virus while abroad and then came to the U.S. had complications about 6 percent of the time, a study finds. First-trimester exposure was linked to more birth defects.

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To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A powerful genetic engineering technique holds promise for wiping out diseases and improving agriculture. But the species-altering approach stirs anxiety about unintended consequences.

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