Rob Stein http://kplu.org en Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes? http://kplu.org/post/do-we-choose-our-friends-because-they-share-our-genes People often talk about how their friends feel like family. Well, there's some new research out that suggests there's more to that than just a feeling. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:13:34 +0000 Rob Stein 17714 at http://kplu.org Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True http://kplu.org/post/easy-method-making-stem-cells-was-too-good-be-true A prestigious scientific journal Wednesday took the unusual step of retracting some high-profile research that had generated international excitement about stem cell research.<p>The British scientific journal <em>Nature</em> retracted two papers published in January by scientists at the <a href="http://www.riken.jp/en/">Riken </a>research institute in Japan and at <a href="http://hms.harvard.edu/">Harvard Medical School</a> that claimed that they could create stem cells simply by dipping skin and blood cells into acid.<p>The claim raised the possibility of being able to use the cells to easily Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:26:21 +0000 Rob Stein 17520 at http://kplu.org Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired http://kplu.org/post/warnings-against-antidepressants-teens-may-have-backfired Government warnings that antidepressants may be risky for adolescents, and the ensuing media coverage, appear to have caused an increase in suicide attempts among young people, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>A study involving the health records of more than 7 million people between 2000 and 2010 found a sharp drop in antidepressant use among adolescents and young people and a significant increase in suicide attempts after the Food and Drug Administration issued its warnings.<p>"This was a huge worldwide event in terms of the mass media," says <a href="http://www.populationmedicine.org/node/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:39:07 +0000 Rob Stein 17245 at http://kplu.org Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise http://kplu.org/post/teen-smoking-hits-22-year-low-other-tobacco-uses-rise Cigarette smoking among U.S. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:14:49 +0000 Rob Stein 17112 at http://kplu.org Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida http://kplu.org/post/deadly-mers-virus-detected-florida The second U.S. case of a dangerous new virus from the Middle East has been found in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/a0512-US-MERS.html">said</a> Monday.<p>The patient is a health care worker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who developed symptoms May 1 while traveling to Orlando, Fla., to visit family, the CDC said.<p>MERS is a life-threatening respiratory infection that first emerged on the Arabian Peninsula in 2012. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:54 +0000 Rob Stein 16511 at http://kplu.org Deadly MERS Virus Detected In Florida 'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm http://kplu.org/post/out-skin-cells-sperm-provocative-fertility-treatment Scientists reported Thursday they had figured out a way to make primitive human sperm out of skin cells, an advance that could someday help infertile men have children.<p>"I probably get 200 emails a year from people who are infertile, and very often the heading on the emails is: Can you help me?" says <a href="http://www.montana.edu/news/12229/internationally-recognized-stem-cell-scientist-to-lead-msu-s-research-enterprise">Renee Reijo Pera</a> of Montana State University, who led the research when she was at Stanford University.<p>In a <a href="http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/abstract/S2211 Thu, 01 May 2014 21:44:26 +0000 Rob Stein 16361 at http://kplu.org 'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow http://kplu.org/post/experimental-technique-coaxes-muscles-destroyed-war-regrow Ron Strang was on patrol in Afghanistan when a primitive land mine exploded.<p>"When it went off, it came across the front of my body," Strang says. Though he survived the blast, his left leg was never the same. Shrapnel destroyed most of the muscle on his left thigh. He used to run, swim and hike. But even after he recovered, those days of carefree movement were gone.<p>"It was impossible for me to run," Strang says. "It was hard for me to walk. I'd use a cane a lot. That knee would give out and I'd fall over all the time. Thu, 01 May 2014 04:55:08 +0000 Rob Stein 16352 at http://kplu.org Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes http://kplu.org/post/fda-moves-regulate-increasingly-popular-e-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time.<p>The agency unveiled a long-awaited <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/25/2014-09491/sale-and-distribution-of-tobacco-products-and-required-warning-statements-for-tobacco-products">rule</a> that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.<p>"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/commissionerspage/default.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters in a briefing Wedn Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:09:18 +0000 Rob Stein 16238 at http://kplu.org FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval http://kplu.org/post/powerful-narcotic-painkiller-fda-approval The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide whether to approve a powerful new prescription painkiller that's designed to relieve severe pain quickly, and with fewer side effects than other opioids.<p>While some pain experts say the medicine could provide a valuable alternative for some patients in intense pain, the drug (called Moxduo) is also prompting concern that it could exacerbate the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.<p>An FDA advisory committee is holding a daylong hearing Tuesday to decide whether to recommend that the agency approve the drug.<p><a hr Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:17:17 +0000 Rob Stein 16202 at http://kplu.org Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe http://kplu.org/post/doctors-use-3-d-printing-help-baby-breathe Ever since the day Garrett Peterson was born, his parents have had to watch him suddenly just stop breathing.<p>"He could go from being totally fine to turning blue sometimes — not even kidding — in 30 seconds," says Garrett's mother, Natalie Peterson, 25, of Layton, Utah. "It was so fast. It was really scary."<p>Garrett was born with a defective windpipe. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:11:19 +0000 Rob Stein 14940 at http://kplu.org Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease http://kplu.org/post/mix-gut-microbes-may-play-role-crohns-disease The particular assortment of microbes in the digestive system may be an important factor in the inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease.<p>Research involving more than 1,500 patients found that people with <a href="http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/">Crohn's disease</a> had less diverse populations of gut microbes.<p>"[This] basically for the first time identifies what might be the bacterial changes in patients with Crohn's disease," says <a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/doctor.aspx?ID=16452">Ramnik Xavier,</a> of Masssachusetts Gen Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:20:18 +0000 Rob Stein 14734 at http://kplu.org Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome http://kplu.org/post/dna-based-blood-test-down-syndrome-much-more-accurate A new blood test offers pregnant women a safe and much more accurate way to screen for Down syndrome.<p>A study that evaluated the test in 1,914 pregnancies found that the test, which checks DNA, produces far fewer false alarms than the current screening techniques.<p>"It's very good news for pregnant women," says <a href="https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/PhysicianDirectory/Diana-Bianchi.aspx">Diana Bianchi</a>, a pediatric geneticist at Tufts Medical Center who led the study. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:35:48 +0000 Rob Stein 14162 at http://kplu.org Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs http://kplu.org/post/scientists-question-safety-genetically-altering-human-eggs A panel of government advisers has expressed serious concerns about a controversial proposal to allow scientists to try to make babies using eggs that have been genetically altered to include DNA from another woman.<p>Members of the Food and Drug Administration panel said they were worried that not enough research has been done to know whether the experiments would be safe.<p>"I think there was a sense of the committee that at this particular point in time, there was probably not enough data either in animals or in vitro to conclusively move on to human trials ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:29:28 +0000 Rob Stein 14156 at http://kplu.org Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs Flu Strikes Younger Adults Hard This Year http://kplu.org/post/flu-strikes-younger-adults-hard-year This year's flu season is hitting younger and middle-aged adults unusually hard, federal health officials say.<p>More than 60 percent of flu patients who ended up in the hospital this year have been between the ages of 18 and 64. The proportion of young people among the hospitalized is much higher than usual, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:34:52 +0000 Rob Stein 13857 at http://kplu.org Flu Strikes Younger Adults Hard This Year An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again http://kplu.org/post/artificial-arm-gives-one-man-chance-feel-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtPs8d4JbwY</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:14:29 +0000 Rob Stein 13280 at http://kplu.org An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again