Rob Stein

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FDA Revisits Safety Of Essure Contraceptive Device

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's the only available, nonsurgical permanent birth control option that's FDA-approved. But thousands of women have complained of serious side effects like severe pain, heavy bleeding and depression.


British Scientists Seek Permission To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

Friday, September 18, 2015

After Chinese scientists announced in April that they had edited the genes in human embryos, many researchers said it shouldn't be done. Scientists in London say they want to do it for research only.


CDC Says Flu Vaccine Should Be More Effective This Season

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Public health officials were surprised last year when the dominant strain of circulating flu mutated after the flu vaccine had been formulated. The current version looks like a better match.


FDA Orders 4 Cigarette Products Pulled From The Market

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration exercised its regulatory power to compel a tobacco company to stop selling cigarettes after the maker failed to show they don't raise new public health issues.


Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure Saves Lives, Study Finds

Friday, September 11, 2015

A huge federal study was halted early when a preliminary analysis of the results found clear evidence that lowering blood pressure can slash heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and deaths.


Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

Monday, August 31, 2015

Scientists have discovered the first new human disease caused by a "prion" in more than 50 years. Prions are strange, deformed proteins that can act like viruses and bacteria.


FDA Warns Tobacco Companies Advertising 'Natural' Cigarettes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unless a cigarette is safer than others, it can't be labeled "natural" or "additive-free," the Food and Drug Administration told three manufacturers.


Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.


FDA Approves First Drug To Improve Libido For Women

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed off on a prescription drug intended to increase sexual desire in women. The nickname for the daily pill is "pink Viagra."


FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The daily pill, called Addyi, modestly increased women's interest in sex in clinical tests. The approval was praised by some women's advocates as a milestone and condemned by others as irresponsible.


Microbe Mix May Play Role In Preterm Birth Risk

Monday, August 17, 2015

A small study found that women with diverse microorganisms in their birth canals were more likely to give birth before their babies reached full term than women with less microbial variety.


FDA To Food Companies: This Time, Zero Means Zero Trans Fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The agency is giving food companies a hard deadline to stop using trans fats in processed foods. It has determined that partially hydrogenated oils are not "generally recognized as safe" for food.


The Hard Work Of Waiting For A Hand Transplant

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Kevin Lopez was born missing the fingers on his right hand. Now 20, Lopez has been on a waiting list for a hand transplant since turning 18.


Advisers To FDA Recommend Agency Approve Drug To Boost Female Libido

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Proponents claim the Food and Drug Administration is applying a double standard to its review of a drug some call the female Viagra. Critics say flibanserin hasn't been proved safe or effective.


Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.


DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?


Some Very Premature Babies Can Survive With Aggressive Treatment, Report Finds

Thursday, May 07, 2015

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine says some very premature babies can survive if doctors treat them aggressively in an effort to try to save them.


Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Monday, April 27, 2015

Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.


Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

They tried a technique for editing DNA to change the genes in a human embryo. This is very controversial. The scientists say they did it to see if they could fix a gene that causes a blood disorder.


Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.