Rob Stein http://www.kplu.org en Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval http://www.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://www.kplu.org Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe http://www.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://www.kplu.org Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease http://www.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://www.kplu.org Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome http://www.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://www.kplu.org Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs http://www.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://www.kplu.org Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs Flu Strikes Younger Adults Hard This Year http://www.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://www.kplu.org Flu Strikes Younger Adults Hard This Year An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again http://www.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://www.kplu.org An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, FDA Warns Teens http://www.kplu.org/post/wanna-smoke-it-could-cost-you-tooth-fda-warns-teens When it comes to persuading teenagers not to smoke, you have to think short-term, the Food and Drug Administration says.<p>"While most teens understand the serious health risks associated with tobacco use, they often don't believe the long-term consequences will ever apply to them," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/ucm193998.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters Monday before unveiling the agency's first-ever anti-smoking campaign.<p>Instead, the ads focus on how smoking affects teenagers' appearance by ruining their skin and messing up their teeth. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:17:13 +0000 Rob Stein 13204 at http://www.kplu.org Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, FDA Warns Teens Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten http://www.kplu.org/post/adult-obesity-may-have-origins-way-back-kindergarten A lot of parents like to think their kids will simply outgrow baby fat. But the risk of becoming a severely overweight adult can actually start as early as kindergarten, research suggests.<p>"As parents, as a society, as clinicians, we need to think about a healthy weight really early on," says <a href="http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/Faculty/Profile.cfm?Network_ID=SARGESE&DEPT=GH">Solveig Cunningham</a>, who led the study. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:07:18 +0000 Rob Stein 13016 at http://www.kplu.org Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten Babies' Immune Systems May Stand Down To Let Good Microbes Grow http://www.kplu.org/post/babies-immune-systems-may-stand-down-let-good-microbes-grow Here's possible solace for parents who are up at night with a baby who gets sick all the time: There appears to be a good reason why infant immune systems don't fight off germs.<p>A newborn's immune system is deliberately not doing battle with every germ that comes along so that "good" microbes have a chance to settle in, researchers say. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:37:49 +0000 Rob Stein 10873 at http://www.kplu.org Babies' Immune Systems May Stand Down To Let Good Microbes Grow Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us — And In Us http://www.kplu.org/post/exploring-invisible-universe-lives-us-and-us The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you're more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells.<p>Scientists increasingly think that these microorganisms have a huge influence on our health. Without them, our bodies don't seem to do as well. We don't seem to be as healthy and might actually get sick more often.<p>But these tiny compatriots are invisible to the naked eye. So we asked artist Ben Arthur to give us a guided tour. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:20:16 +0000 Rob Stein 10801 at http://www.kplu.org Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us — And In Us FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers http://www.kplu.org/post/fda-seeks-tighten-controls-hydrocodone-painkillers The Food and Drug Administration Thursday <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm372089.htm">announced</a> that it wants the federal government to impose tough new restrictions on some of the most widely used prescription painkillers.<p>The FDA said it planned to recommend that Vicodin and other prescription painkillers containing the powerful opioid hydrocodone be reclassified from a "Schedule III" drug to a "<a href="http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml">Schedule II</a>" drug, which would impose new restrictions on how they are prescribed and used.<p>OxyContin, another opioi Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:59:19 +0000 Rob Stein 10649 at http://www.kplu.org FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers Big Measles Outbreaks Worry Federal Health Officials http://www.kplu.org/post/big-measles-outbreaks-worry-federal-health-officials Federal health officials are worried about an unusually high number of measles cases occurring in the United States this year.<p>There have been at least eight outbreaks so far this year involving 159 cases, the federal <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> reported Thursday in its <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/">Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report</a>.<p>About 60 people get measles in the United States each year on average, the CDC says. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:24:46 +0000 Rob Stein 9982 at http://www.kplu.org Big Measles Outbreaks Worry Federal Health Officials FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids http://www.kplu.org/post/fda-ratchets-down-prescribing-oxycontin-and-other-opioids The Food and Drug Administration today took another step toward restricting use of OxyContin and other powerful and often-abused prescription pain medications.<p>The move comes amid an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/01/23/169963431/painkiller-paradox-feds-struggle-to-control-drugs-that-help-and-harm">emotional debate</a> over so-called long-acting opioid analgesics. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:43:40 +0000 Rob Stein 9946 at http://www.kplu.org FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids Microbe Transplants Treat Some Diseases That Drugs Can't Fix http://www.kplu.org/post/microbe-transplants-treat-some-diseases-drugs-cant-fix Billie Iverson may be getting up there, but for an 86-year-old, she's still plenty active.<p>"I take trips, and I go do my own shopping, and I take myself to the doctor," Iverson says. "I do everything. I don't let anything stop me."<p>But one day, she got hit with something she'd never experienced — the worst case of the runs ever.<p>For days at a time, off and on for weeks, the problem kept coming back. Iverson eventually got so weak, she ended up in a nursing home.<p>"I just thought maybe I wasn't going to make it," she says. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:16:04 +0000 Rob Stein 9932 at http://www.kplu.org Microbe Transplants Treat Some Diseases That Drugs Can't Fix