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Rob Stein

Rob Stein appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Most E-Cigarette Users Are Current And Ex-Smokers, Not Newbies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A large study suggests some may use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco. But the survey also shows that nearly 10 percent of young adults who have never smoked tobacco have used the devices.

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American Cancer Society Changes Mammogram Guidelines

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For years, it's been saying women should get annual mammograms starting at age 40. Now it says they can start at 45 โ€” and then cut back to every other year starting at age 54.

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Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The American Cancer Society says new research supports changing the age at which most women should start getting yearly mammograms. But the group's latest advice still conflicts with other guidance.

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Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

More than 23,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms each year after taking dietary supplements, an analysis shows. Most cases are linked to weight-loss products or energy-boosting supplements.

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The Bacterial Cloud We All Carry Could Be As Unique As A Fingerprint

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Scientists have tried for years to grow artificial kidneys in the lab. They've gotten a bit closer by using stem cells to create an "organoid" much like a fetal kidney. But it's missing key parts.

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Freezing Ovaries Before Cancer Treatment May Preserve Fertility

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

One-third of women who froze ovarian tissue before undergoing cancer treatment and later had it transplanted back ended up having babies, according to a study of women in Denmark.

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Nobel Season Kicks Off With Prize In Medicine

Monday, October 05, 2015

Scientists from the U.S., Japan and China won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine. The 3 researchers won for discovering drugs used to treat parasitic diseases that affect millions of people each year.

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Missing Microbes Provide Clues About Asthma Risk

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Researchers find that babies lacking four types of bacteria in their guts at 3 months appear to have a higher risk for developing asthma later in life.

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Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A lab in Seoul is the only place in the world known to commercially clone dogs. But often the dog clones are sickly, critics say, and many other dogs are subjected to surgery to make a clone.

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A Warning To Both Parties On Planned Parenthood And Abortion

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Republicans are pushing to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding. The organization's popularity has held steady, highlighting a risk for the GOP. But there's danger for Democrats, too.

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Cloning Your Dog, For A Mere $100,000

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Duponts in Louisiana loved their mutt Melvin so much they jumped at the chance to replicate him. Melvin is gone now, but he has left behind two clones, Ken and Henry.

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