Rob Stein

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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

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered three tobacco companies to stop claiming their cigarettes are "additive-free" or "natural."

The agency said those claims could mislead smokers into thinking those cigarettes are safer than others.

The move marks the first time the FDA has taken this kind of ...


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

The assortment of microbes in a pregnant woman's vagina appears to play a role in her chances of giving birth prematurely, new research suggests.

The study of 49 pregnant women, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who had a diverse array ...


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.


Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?


FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Monday, April 20, 2015

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.


Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A national survey confirms earlier indications that e-cigarettes are now more popular among teenage students than traditional cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The findings prompted strong warnings from Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the effects ...