Rob Stein

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Research On Fetal Tissue Draws Renewed Political, Scientific Scrutiny

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.


FDA Advisers Call For More Safety Data On Essure Sterilization Device

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. ...


Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows

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.


FDA Revisits Safety Of Essure Contraceptive Device

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.


British Scientists Seek Permission To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

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 ...


CDC Says Flu Vaccine Should Be More Effective This Season

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


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.