Rob Stein

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.


Spanking Young Children Declines Overall But Persists In Poorer Households

Monday, November 14, 2016

One-quarter of mothers with the lowest incomes told researchers they'd administered physical discipline to a kindergarten-age child in the past week. Overall, though, physical discipline has declined.


Safety Of Painkiller Celebrex Affirmed In New Study

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A large study alleviates concerns that Celebrex boosts the risk for heart attacks and strokes as much as Vioxx. But the findings raise some concerns about prescription doses of ibuprofen and naproxen.


Medical Interns Could Work Longer Without A Break Under New Rule

Friday, November 04, 2016

A proposed change in work rules would let first-year residents care for patients for as many as 28 hours straight, scrapping a 16-hour limit. Supporters say longer shifts would improve patient safety.


Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Findings provide new evidence pushing back school start times, to let adolescents sleep and wake up when it's more natural, researchers say. It's going to bed late that creates problems.


Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

An analysis of global demographics indicates the maximum human life span may have peaked at around 115 years. That's despite medical advances and the occasional person who lives a few years longer.


Japanese Biologist Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to a Japanese scientist who explained that cells have their own versions of recycling plants, how they work, and the role of this process in diseases.


CDC Tells Men At Risk Of Zika To Put Off Procreation For 6 Months

Friday, September 30, 2016

Men who may have Zika should wait at least six months before having unprotected sex with partners trying to conceive, regardless of whether the men ever developed any symptoms, the CDC now says.