Rob Stein

Rob Stein appears in the following:

Advisers to the FDA back first over-the-counter birth control pill

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

In a unanimous vote, 17-0, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the agency approve the first over-the-counter birth control pill.


The FDA considers first birth control pill without a prescription

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to allow a birth control pill to be sold over the counter for the first time. An advisory committee opens a two-day hearing Tuesday.


CDC to stop reporting new COVID infections as public health emergency winds down

Friday, May 05, 2023

The CDC says the coming end of the public health emergency means the agency will be scaling back the data it routinely collects and releases about the pandemic.


Gene therapy for muscular dystrophy stirs hopes and controversy

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

The FDA is considering greenlighting the experimental treatment under its accelerated approvals program. Some critics point out the therapy isn't yet proven to work and may be costly.


You're less likely to get long COVID after a second infection than a first

Friday, April 14, 2023

The chances of developing lingering symptoms after COVID appears to fall sharply from the first to the second time someone gets sick, new research finds. The risk is still significant.


The FDA may soon authorize a spring round of COVID-19 boosters for some people

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration appears poised to make available the COVID-19 vaccines that target omicron as a second booster for people with weak immune systems and those ages 65 and older.


The FDA is considering authorizing a spring COVID-19 booster

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration appears ready to authorize that some people — such as those with weak immune systems — get yet another booster with one of the newest COVID-19 vaccines.


Sickle cell patient's success with gene editing raises hopes and questions

Thursday, March 16, 2023

A Mississippi woman's life has been transformed by a treatment for sickle cell disease with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. All her symptoms from a disease once thought incurable have disappeared.


Ethical concerns temper optimism about gene-editing for human diseases

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

The Third International Summit on Genome Editing concluded Monday with ethicists warning scientists to slow down efforts to use gene-editing to enhance the health of embryos.


Why genetic engineering experts are putting a spotlight on Victoria Gray's case

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Victoria Gray's life has been transformed by her treatment for sickle cell disease with the gene-editing technique called CRISPR. She's in London telling her story at a scientific summit.


Experts weigh medical advances in gene-editing with ethical dilemmas

Monday, March 06, 2023

The last time this summit convened in 2018, the world was shocked to hear a scientist had created the first gene-edited babies. He was condemned, but gene-editing has continued, with some success.


As the pandemic ebbs, an influential COVID tracker shuts down

Friday, February 10, 2023

After three years, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center is ceasing operations. Its data dashboards and maps became go-to sources for information from the early days of the pandemic.


This winter's U.S. COVID surge is fading fast, likely thanks to a 'wall' of immunity

Friday, February 03, 2023

The main reason the surge is ebbing now, pandemic experts suspect, is the significant immunity many people in the U.S. have acquired from prior infections and COVID vaccinations many received.


FDA proposes easing restrictions on blood donations, seeks public comment

Friday, January 27, 2023

The Food and Drug Administration proposes easing many restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood.


FDA moves to ease restrictions on blood donations for men who have sex with men

Friday, January 27, 2023

Long criticized as discriminatory, the policy has prevented many gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The Food and Drug Administration revealed a draft of its new approach on Friday.


A controversial proposal would update COVID vaccines each year for dominant strain

Thursday, January 26, 2023

FDA advisers debate the agency's controversial proposal to start handling the COVID vaccines like the flu shots — updating them annually to target the most likely strain to be dominant each winter.


FDA considers major shift in COVID vaccine strategy

Monday, January 23, 2023

The new approach would simplify vaccination guidance so that, every fall, people would get a new shot, updated to try to match whatever variant is dominant.


Can you get COVID and the flu at the same time?

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

And what about a cold or RSV? With all the illness spreading, it's virus soup out there these days. Some people feel so sick they're wondering if they're fighting more than one germ at once.


China's COVID surge prompts CDC to expand a hunt for new variants among air travelers

Saturday, January 14, 2023

It would make more sense to screen a plane's wastewater to look for new variants than to screen individual passenger volunteers, some researchers say. Others say any information is helpful.


Screening at U.S. airports expands to try to detect new COVID variants

Friday, January 13, 2023

The CDC has expanded screening of incoming international air travelers to try to more quickly spot any new variants that might emerge from China's massive COVID outbreak.