Rob Stein

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Some Small Tumors In Breasts May Not Be So Bad After All

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Research indicates a significant number of the tumors detected through mammography are small because they are prone to slow growth. The findings suggest many are unlikely to become life-threatening.


Plumbing In Hospitals And Nursing Homes Can Spread Legionnaires' Disease

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The CDC says health care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals need to work harder to prevent contamination with the bacterium that causes the potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia.


Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.


Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.


Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Lowers Blacks' Blood Pressure

Monday, May 15, 2017

African-Americans experienced a drop in blood pressure when they moved from highly segregated neighborhoods to more integrated areas, according to a study that followed people's health for decades.


Scientists Raise Concern By Wanting To Create Synthetic Human Genomes

Sunday, May 14, 2017

In New York, hundreds of scientists discussed a highly ambitious and controversial project. They want to create synthetic genetic codes for all kinds of creatures — including the human genetic code.


Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

Monday, May 08, 2017

Geographic inequality in life span is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.


Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The CDC says the death rate for black Americans fell 25 percent over 17 years and was especially dramatic for those 65 and older. But young black people are still dying earlier than white Americans.


Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The device kept fetal lambs alive for about a month, allowing them to continue to mature. It has not been tested in humans, and some say the device raises ethical questions.


Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes each man decide with his doctor whether to undergo routine PSA testing, citing recent evidence of benefits and ways to minimize downsides of screening.


Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scientists have assembled a lab system from living tissue that can replicate a woman's 28-day hormonal cycle. The goal is to use the system to find new ways to treat a host of women's health problems.


Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.


Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.


3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.


Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Thursday, March 09, 2017

An international consortium of researchers has synthesized about a third of the genetic code of baker's yeast. It's an important milestone in science's quest to create complex "synthetic life."


Embryo Experiments On Human Development Raise Ethical Concerns

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Embryo-like entities are being created in a New York lab using human embryonic stem cells. Scientists hope to learn more about the earliest stages of human development without using actual embryos.


Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Researchers who study developing human embryos have long limited their experimentation to lab embryos that are no more than 14 days into development. Some scientists are now pushing that boundary.


Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.


New Quarantine Authority Gives CDC More Power To Stop Outbreaks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is about to acquire strong new powers to quarantine people to prevent or stop a dangerous outbreak. It's a step being welcomed by many public health authorities as long overdue, but raising fears the new authority could violate civil liberties.


CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.