Rob Stein

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Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.


In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Friday, December 08, 2017

Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.


Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.


Scientists Work To Overcome Legacy Of Tuskegee Study, Henrietta Lacks

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

An influential Harlem church is trying to help the National Institutes of Health overcome reluctance by some African-Americans to participate in a medical study of 1 million diverse Americans.


CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

Monday, October 23, 2017

Scientists have used CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique, to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat.


FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

Thursday, October 12, 2017

After many setbacks for genetic therapies, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first gene treatment for an inherited form of blindness.


3 Americans Win Nobel In Medicine For Circadian Rhythm Research

Monday, October 02, 2017

The work of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young solved the mystery of how our bodies' inner clocks anticipate fluctuations between night and day to optimize behavior and physiology.


Vegas Shooting Dominates News; 3 Americans Win Nobel In Medicine

Monday, October 02, 2017

Authorities in Las Vegas say at least 50 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on outdoor concertgoers Sunday night. And, the three Americans won for their work on circadian rhythm.


Nobel Prize In Medicine Is Awarded To 3 Americans

Monday, October 02, 2017

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about how internal clocks govern human biology.


Searching For A Fairer Way To Distribute Donor Livers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The nation's organ transplant network is considering changing how livers are distributed. The goal is to make the system fairer, but critics worry patients in poorer rural areas could lose out.


Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.


FDA Approves First Gene Therapy For Leukemia

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The process modifies patients' immune cells to attack their own cancer cells. It was approved to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and young adults — the most common childhood cancer.


Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Friday, August 18, 2017

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.


Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. More research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.


Sperm Counts Plummet In Western Men, Study Finds

Monday, July 31, 2017

Data from nearly 43,000 men around the world found that sperm counts dropped by more than half in Western countries. It could reflect a decline in health overall, scientists say.


FDA Announces Plan To Cut Level Of Nicotine Allowed In Cigarettes

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to how it regulates cigarettes and related products, including reducing the amount of nicotine allowed in tobacco cigarettes.


'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.


Opioid Prescriptions Falling But Remain Too High, CDC Says

Thursday, July 06, 2017

U.S. doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers less often and at lower doses, but at rates that are three times higher than their European counterparts, the CDC says.


News Brief: Cardinal Denies Sexual Assault Charges, Travel Ban Details

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to appear in an Australian court next month to face sexual assault charges. The Trump administration on Thursday will outline how the travel ban will work.


U.S. Air Pollution Still Kills Thousands Every Year, Study Concludes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An analysis examining mortality among millions of Americans concludes that a tiny decrease in levels of soot could save about 12,000 lives each year.