Rob Stein

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FDA Finalizes Rules On E-Cigarettes, Cigars And Hookahs

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited plans Thursday. In addition to barring sales of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to people under age 18, the agency imposes other restrictions.


Advance In Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Scientists have been able to keep human embryos alive twice as long as before. The technique is reopening a debate over a rule limiting research on human embryos to 14 days.


How Do 'Genetic Superheroes' Overcome Their Bad DNA?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Why do some people get sick from genetic mutations and others don't? Scientists say clues may lie in a rare group of people who carry profound genetic defects but somehow don't fall ill.


Multiple Reasons Attributed To Lower Ear Infection Rates In Babies

Monday, March 28, 2016

A new study from the University of Texas has some good news for infants and their parents: ear infections in babies are on the decline.


How Could Releasing More Mosquitoes Help Fight Zika?

Friday, March 25, 2016

A biotech company says its genetically engineered mosquitoes could help Brazil and other countries fight the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread Zika and other viruses.


FDA Requires Strong New Safety Warnings For Opioids

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration is demanding that the instructions for the most commonly prescribed opioids include so-called black box warnings about dangers of abuse, misuse, overdose and death.


The Poignant Cry Of Babies With Birth Defects Linked to Zika

Monday, March 14, 2016

The "new microcephaly." That's what doctors in Brazil are calling the birth defect believed to be caused by the Zika virus because it seems much worse than cases that have occurred for other reasons.


Study Finds Multiple Problems In Fetuses Exposed To Zika Virus

Friday, March 04, 2016

A study of pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro lends credence to a suspected link between Zika and microcephaly and suggests the virus could cause other complications, including stillbirth.


Reporting On The Zika Virus Means Getting Up Close And Personal

Monday, February 29, 2016

A visit to a Brazilian virology laboratory at the epicenter of the Zika outbreak gives a reporter a close encounter with the mysterious virus that has triggered a global health emergency.


Disease Detectives In Brazil Go Door-To-Door To Solve Zika Mystery

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A team of health experts is tracking down mothers who had babies with microcephaly to try to prove or debunk the link to Zika virus.


CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Spread Of Zika Virus

Monday, February 22, 2016

Disease detectives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention begin their crucial effort on the ground in Brazil to firmly establish whether the Zika virus is really causing terrible birth defects.


CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Zika Outbreak

Monday, February 22, 2016

U.S. disease detectives are launching a research project that health authorities hope will produce the most definitive evidence yet about whether the virus is really causing birth defects.


Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard To Stop, And May Be Risky

Monday, February 15, 2016

Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase patients' risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.


Zika May Not Spread In Saliva Or Urine, Health Officials Say

Friday, February 05, 2016

U.S. health experts cautioned Friday that the apparent discovery of the Zika virus in saliva and urine from people in Brazil does not necessarily mean the virus can be spread by more casual contact with infected people, such as through kissing.

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Babies With Genes From 3 People Could Be Ethical, Panel Says

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

An independent federal panel says the experimental procedure needs to be proven safe, and even then should only be tried with male embryos because of concerns about passing down genetic errors.


British Scientists Gain Approval To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

Monday, February 01, 2016

British regulators are giving scientists the first government sanction to edit DNA in human embryos. Scientists want to do this to learn more about human development, but critics fear it will lead to designer babies.


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.