Rob Stein

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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.


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.


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. ...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Is It Safe For Medical Residents To Work 30-Hour Shifts?

Monday, December 07, 2015

Young doctors being trained at dozens of hospitals around the country are being asked to work up to 30 hours straight as part of a study. Critics say the study is risky and unethical.


Scientists Debate How Far To Go In Editing Human Genes

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The unusual meeting was called to consider a ban on certain uses of a new technique that can make precise changes in DNA. The main concern is altering genes in human sperm, eggs and embryos.


International Summit To Debate Editing Human DNA

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Hundreds of scientists from around the world are participating in a three-day summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss the promises and dangers of powerful new gene editing techniques.


A Controversial Rewrite For Rules To Protect Humans In Experiments

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One revision would crack down on studying tissue and blood samples without getting a person's consent. Another change would make it easier to conduct studies in many locations at once.


Prostate Screening Drops Sharply, And So Do Cancer Cases

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A decrease in PSA testing came after a controversial recommendation against routine screening. As a result, many fewer cases of the most common cancer to hit men are being diagnosed, research finds.


Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?

Friday, November 06, 2015

The National Institutes of Health has issued a moratorium on funding work that puts human stem cells into nonhuman embryos. The concern is that hybrids might develop human brain cells, sperm or eggs.


Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A genetic engineering technique raises hopes for eliminating diseases, such as malaria. But it is also sparking fears of unintended consequences if delicately balanced ecosystems are disrupted.


In Reversal, Death Rates Rise For Middle-Aged Whites

Monday, November 02, 2015

A rise in suicides plus an epidemic of overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin are key factors that have undone a long-term improvement in death rates. A weak economy may have contributed.