Rob Stein

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New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An analysis of mice in the Big Apple finds that many harbor bacteria that can make humans sick if exposed to the animals' droppings. Some of the bacterial strains were resistant to antibiotics.


Financial Ruin Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

People who experience a sharp drop in wealth face a much higher risk of dying over the next 20 years, according to a study of more than 8,000 adults in the U.S.


FDA Advances Plan To Slash Nicotine In Cigarettes

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration wants to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to levels so low that millions of smokers will be able to quit and millions more people will never take up the habit.


Test For Breast Cancer Gene Will Be Available In Weeks

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The FDA approved the first test that people can get without a doctor to see if they carry a genetic mutation that increases their risk for cancer. The test looks for three mutations.


Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent nationwide between 2016 and 2017, with some places showing even more dramatic spikes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.


FDA Panel Gives Qualified Support To Claims For 'Safer' Smoking Device

Thursday, January 25, 2018

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency accept Philip Morris' claims that its iQOS device, a cigarette alternative, reduces exposure to harmful chemicals.


Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A team of researchers has produced two macaque monkey clones using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer. It's a first for primates. The advance could hasten research into human diseases.


Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One, CDC Says

Friday, January 12, 2018

The flu season started early this year and is already widespread throughout the country and intense in dozens of states. But it's not too late to get that flu shot, officials say.


Flu Sickens Thousands Across The Country

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fears that this winter would bring a nasty flu season appear to be coming true. Health officials say this year's season started early and it's hitting hard.


Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The opioid epidemic caused U.S. life expectancy to fall for the second year in a row, marking the first time that has happened since the early 1960s. Death rates also continued to rise.


Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevent A Form Of Deafness In Mice

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Success with a new gene-editing technique in mice prone to deafness highlights the potential for using it to prevent a form of inherited hearing loss in humans. But it has many hurdles to overcome.


Food And Drug Administration Plans Crackdown On Risky Homeopathic Remedies

Monday, December 18, 2017

FDA says homeopathy has grown into a $3 billion industry with treatments being sold for conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer. The agency will prioritize action against unsafe products.


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.


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.