Rob Stein

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FDA Backs Off On Regulation Of Fecal Transplants

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Federal regulators are dropping plans to tightly control a procedure that is becoming increasingly popular for treating people stricken by life-threatening infections of the digestive system.

The Food and Drug Administration says the agency will exercise enforcement discretion and no longer require doctors to get the agency's approval before using ...


Girl's Need Breathes Life Into Debate Over Organ Allocation

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The case of a Pennsylvania girl who is dying from cystic fibrosis has sparked an emotional debate over how the nation allocates lungs for transplantation.

Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is in intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting a lung transplant. Under the current rules, lungs from adults are ...


Disinfect All ICU Patients To Reduce 'Superbug' Infections

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hospitals can sharply reduce the spread of the drug-resistant bacteria in their intensive care units by decontaminating all patients rather than screening them and focusing only on those found to be infected already, researchers reported Wednesday.

A study involving more than 74,000 patients in 74 intensive care units nationwide found ...


Research Reveals Yeasty Beasts Living On Our Skin

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Scientists have completed an unusual survey: a census of the fungi that inhabit different places on our skin. It's part of a big scientific push to better understand the microbes that live in and on our bodies.

"This is the first study of our fungi, which are yeast and other ...


Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells.

The accomplishment is a long-sought step toward harnessing the potential power of embryonic stem cells to treat many human diseases. But the work also raises a host of ethical concerns.

"This is a ...


Parents' Saliva On Pacifiers Could Ward Off Baby's Allergies

Monday, May 06, 2013

That word "microbiome" — describing the collection of bacteria that live in and on our bodies — keeps popping up. This time, researchers say that children whose parents clean their pacifiers by sucking them might be less likely to develop allergic conditions because of how their parents' saliva changes their ...


Gut Bacteria's Belch May Play A Role In Heart Disease

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scientists have discovered what may be an important new risk factor for heart disease. And here's the surprising twist: The troublesome substance seems to be a waste product left behind by bacteria in our guts as they help us digest lecithin — a substance plentiful in red meat, eggs, liver ...


How Much Does It Hurt? Let's Scan Your Brain

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Scientists reported Wednesday that they had developed a way to measure how much pain people are experiencing by scanning their brains.

The researchers hope the technique will help doctors treat pain better, but the work is also raising concerns about whether the technique might interfere with doctors simply listening to ...


Researchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal Hidden Dreamscape

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Scientists say they have found a way to get a glimpse of people's dreams.

"Our results show that we can predict what a person's seeing during dreams," says Yukiyasu Kamitani, a researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan.

Philosophers, poets and psychologists have long shared a ...


China's Air Pollution Linked To Millions Of Early Deaths

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

More than 1 million people are dying prematurely every year from air pollution in China, according to a new analysis.

"This is the highest toll in the world and it really reflects the very high levels of air pollution that exist in China today," says Robert O'Keefe of the


Bioethics Panel Warns Against Anthrax Vaccine Testing On Kids

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A controversial government proposal to test the anthrax vaccine in children would be unethical without first conducting much more research, a presidential commission concluded Tuesday.

"The federal government would have to take multiple steps before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered," Amy Gutmann, who chairs the ...


Americans More Distracted Behind The Wheel Than Europeans

Thursday, March 14, 2013

U.S. drivers are much more likely than Europeans to drive while distracted, federal health officials report Thursday.

Nearly 69 percent of Americans who drive say that they talked on their cell phones while driving at least once in the previous month, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease ...


Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Federal officials warned Tuesday that an especially dangerous group of superbugs has become a significant health problem in hospitals throughout the United States.

These germs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become much more common in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...


Pediatricians Urged To Treat Ear Infections More Cautiously

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hoping to reduce unnecessary antibiotics use, the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued new guidelines for how doctors should diagnose and treat ear infections.

Every year, millions of parents take their children to the pediatrician for ear infections, and most of them end up going home with antibiotics. ...


Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts

Monday, December 03, 2012

Technology now exists that makes it possible for doctors to decipher the entire genetic code of a newborn. Should it be done? What about fetuses in the womb? That's now a possibility, and it's stirring intense debate.


Scientists Create Fertile Eggs From Mouse Stem Cells

Thursday, October 04, 2012

For the first time, scientists have created fertile eggs and healthy offspring using embryonic stem cells. The experiments in mice raise the possibility of artificial egg production a...


Can IVF Treatments Reverse A Woman's Biological Clock?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A woman over 40 who uses eggs donated by a younger woman has essentially the same chance of having a baby as she would have had in her 20s. That's according to a large new study that ...