Rob Stein

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Danish Study Raises More Questions About Mammograms' Message

Monday, January 09, 2017

Research from Denmark suggests about one-third of lumps detected by routine mammograms would never have become dangerous. That puts women at risk of needless surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.


Zika Virus: What We've Learned This Past Year

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Zika virus emerged as a global threat to pregnant women and their developing babies in the last year. What have we learned in 2016 and what can we expect from Zika?


Knowing Someone Who Faced Discrimination May Affect Blood Pressure

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Seeing someone close to you experience racial discrimination may have more of an effect on health than experiencing that discrimination yourself, a study finds.


Study Offers Clues To Risk Of Zika Birth Defects In The U.S.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Women who were infected with Zika virus while abroad and then came to the U.S. had complications about 6 percent of the time, a study finds. First-trimester exposure was linked to more birth defects.


To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A powerful genetic engineering technique holds promise for wiping out diseases and improving agriculture. But the species-altering approach stirs anxiety about unintended consequences.


Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.


Spanking Young Children Declines Overall But Persists In Poorer Households

Monday, November 14, 2016

One-quarter of mothers with the lowest incomes told researchers they'd administered physical discipline to a kindergarten-age child in the past week. Overall, though, physical discipline has declined.


Safety Of Painkiller Celebrex Affirmed In New Study

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A large study alleviates concerns that Celebrex boosts the risk for heart attacks and strokes as much as Vioxx. But the findings raise some concerns about prescription doses of ibuprofen and naproxen.


Medical Interns Could Work Longer Without A Break Under New Rule

Friday, November 04, 2016

A proposed change in work rules would let first-year residents care for patients for as many as 28 hours straight, scrapping a 16-hour limit. Supporters say longer shifts would improve patient safety.


Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Findings provide new evidence pushing back school start times, to let adolescents sleep and wake up when it's more natural, researchers say. It's going to bed late that creates problems.


Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

An analysis of global demographics indicates the maximum human life span may have peaked at around 115 years. That's despite medical advances and the occasional person who lives a few years longer.


Japanese Biologist Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to a Japanese scientist who explained that cells have their own versions of recycling plants, how they work, and the role of this process in diseases.


CDC Tells Men At Risk Of Zika To Put Off Procreation For 6 Months

Friday, September 30, 2016

Men who may have Zika should wait at least six months before having unprotected sex with partners trying to conceive, regardless of whether the men ever developed any symptoms, the CDC now says.


CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Thursday, September 29, 2016

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.


New York Fertility Doctor Says He Created Baby With 3 Genetic Parents

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The New York-based doctor has sparked praise and criticism by going to Mexico and using DNA from three adults to create a child for a couple from Jordan who lost two children to a genetic disorder.


Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A scientist in Sweden has started experiments on healthy human embryos in which DNA is altered. The aim is to determine the causes of infertility. It's the first known use of so-called "gene-editing" tools on healthy human embryos, and critics say it could potentially lead society down a very dangerous path.


Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions about genetic engineering.


Researchers Question Safety, Value Of Untested Stem Cell Treatments

Monday, September 05, 2016

Clinics are using stem cells to treat problems ranging from arthritis and torn tendons to paralysis and stroke. But researchers say there's no evidence that the treatments work or are safe.


New Zika Outbreak Hits Popular Tourist Destination Of Miami Beach

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its advice to travelers, advising pregnant women to avoid parts of Miami Beach where the Zika virus is spreading.


Falls From Strollers And Baby Carriers Can Cause Serious Injuries

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Though they're generally safe, strollers and baby carriers are associated with thousands of trips to the emergency room for very young children. Falls are more common than you might think.