Rob Stein

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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.


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.