Rob Stein

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Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After the Food and Drug Administration said that antidepressants could spur suicidal thinking in teens, doctors prescribed the drugs less often. The change may have led to more suicides.


Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes

Monday, June 16, 2014

Insulin monitors and pumps are getting better, but a person with diabetes will tell you they're far from ideal. Potential solutions include one that delivers two hormones to control blood sugar.


Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students has dropped to the lowest level in 22 years, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The percentage of students who reported smoking a cigarette at least one day in the last 30 days fell to 15.7 percent in 2013, according to the National ...


Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.


3rd U.S. Case Raises More Questions About MERS Virus

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Federal health officials reported over the weekend that the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, had spread from one person to another for the first time in the U.S.


Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida

Monday, May 12, 2014

The second U.S. case of a dangerous new virus from the Middle East has been found in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The patient is a health care worker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who developed symptoms May 1 while traveling to Orlando, Fla., to ...


Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

Friday, May 09, 2014

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.


First American Case Of MERS Reported In Indiana

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the first case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus, or MERS, has been confirmed in the U.S. A health care worker in Indiana who rec...


'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells. If they can make the sperm viable, researchers could help men who thought they'd never have kids. But the findings also raise ethical questions.


Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

By surgically transplanting material from pig bladders into the injured legs of several men, doctors prompted muscles to heal by growing and nurturing fresh, healthy cells.


Facing Execution Drug Shortage, States Struggle To Get Cocktail Right

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A botched execution in Oklahoma is only the latest issue since states started having trouble obtaining the drugs used to execute inmates. They've been trying new combinations and new ...


With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.


FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.


FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.


Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.


Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe

Monday, March 17, 2014

Garrett Peterson was born with a defective windpipe and every day he struggled to breathe. Now, thanks to a 3-D printer, his windpipe has been strengthened and Garrett should soon breathe normally.


Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Research involving more than 1,500 patients suggests people with Crohn's may have too many of the types of gut bacteria that tend to rile the immune system and too few that reduce inflammation.


Genetic Sequencing May Not Be Ready To Become Routine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sequencing someone's genetic code may seem a good way to raise warnings on health risks. But results can be a confusing mess of information that only leaves patients and doctors needlessly scared.


Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A pregnant woman's blood contains enough fetal DNA for doctors to check whether the baby would be born with Down syndrome. A new blood test is safe and accurate, but it raises ethical concerns.