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Rob Stein

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Can Tobacco be Relatively Safe?

Friday, April 03, 2015

Should warning labels on tobacco products take into account varying degrees of harm?

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Arizona Requires Doctors To Say Abortion Pill Is Reversible

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Arizona is requiring doctors to tell women using the "abortion pill" that it can be reversed. NPR takes a look at whether that's true.

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Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The product is called snus — a tiny bag of smokeless tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt's Surgeries Will Reduce Cancer Risk, Doctors Say

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In a New York Times op-ed Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because of cancer fears. Doctors say it will reduce her risk by almost 90 percent.

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Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Friday, March 20, 2015

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A study that followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood found those who were breast-fed had slightly higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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Fertility Clinic Courts Controversy With Treatment That Recharges Eggs

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The technique aims to rejuvenate a woman's eggs using mitochondria from cells extracted from her ovaries. A Toronto clinic's first births are due soon, and some doctors are worried about side effects.

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FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clostridium difficile sickens nearly half a million Americans annually, killing about 29,000, say federal health officials. They warn hospitals and nursing homes to tighten hygiene protocols.

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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Monday, February 23, 2015

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.

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Female Libido Pill Fires Up Debate About Women And Sex

Monday, February 16, 2015

Is the FDA being sexist or appropriately cautious in requiring stringent evidence that the latest pill works and is safe? Women's advocacy groups aren't sure.

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Harnessing Immune System to Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

In the first part of a special NPR/WNYC series “Living Cancer,” we look at how an experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

Our immune systems fight off disease, protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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U.K. Lawmakers Allow Scientists To Attempt 'DNA Transplants'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The British Parliament has voted to allow scientists to attempt to do "DNA transplants" on women's eggs to try to help them have healthy babies. Doctors want to do this to help families carrying devastating "mitochondrial diseases." But opponents question whether transferring DNA from healthy eggs into the eggs of women carrying these diseases is safe, and whether it would open the door to "designer babies."

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The vaccine is only about 23 percent effective against the dominant flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because the strain mutated slightly.

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Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. It's too easy to overdose, officials warn.

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