Rob Stein appears in the following:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Critics say research on fetal tissue is no longer needed to answer crucial medical questions. But National Institutes of Health officials and other scientists say alternatives don't yet measure up.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration should gather more information to try to get a better sense of the safety of the
Essure sterilization device, a panel of experts assembled by the agency recommended Thursday.
"To be honest, we don't know what we don't know," said
Dr. Cheryl B. ...
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
You're not just shedding microbes on every surface you touch. Research suggests you're actually walking around in an airborne plume of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that's unique to you.
Monday, September 21, 2015
It's the only available, nonsurgical permanent birth control option that's FDA-approved. But thousands of women have complained of serious side effects like severe pain, heavy bleeding and depression.
Friday, September 18, 2015
British scientists announced Friday that they had applied for permission to edit the DNA in human embryos, a controversial step that has provoked intense debate around the world.
Kathy Niakan of The Francis Crick Institute in London and colleagues filed an application with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ...
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Last year's flu vaccine didn't work very well. This year's version should do a much better job protecting people against the flu, federal health officials said Thursday.
An analysis of the most common strains of flu virus that are circulating in the United States and elsewhere found they match
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.
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.
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.
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.
move marks the first time the FDA has taken this kind of ...
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.
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."
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.