Rob Stein

Rob Stein is a correspondent and senior editor on NPR's science desk.

An award-winning science journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Stein mostly covers health and medicine. He tends to focus on stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women's health issues and other science, medical, and health policy news.

Before NPR, Stein worked at The Washington Post for 16 years, first as the newspaper's science editor and then as a national health reporter. Earlier in his career, Stein spent about four years as an editor at NPR's science desk. Before that, he was a science reporter for United Press International (UPI) in Boston and the science editor of the international wire service in Washington.

Stein is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed a journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, a program in science and religion at the University of Cambridge, and a summer science writer's workshop at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Stein's work has been honored by many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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Law
4:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Is It Legal To Quarantine Someone Who's Not Sick?

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:22 am

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The quarantines that some states are imposing to control Ebola are raising questions about how far government can go to control diseases. NPR's Rob Stein reports legal experts are debating whether states are exceeding their authority.

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Global Health
4:13 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

CDC To Step Up Monitoring Of Travelers From Ebola-Affected Regions

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:28 pm

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Health
3:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

CDC Releasing New Guidelines For Health Workers Treating Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:03 pm

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Global Health
3:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Retracing Ebola's Steps

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:26 pm

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Research News
6:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Study Finds Human Stem Cells May Help To Treat Patients

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:37 am

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For the first time ever, scientists are reporting that human embryonic stem cells may be helping treat patients. In the medical journal The Lancet, researchers describe how the cells seem to help restore eyesight to some blind people.

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Shots - Health News
5:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test

Isabella Beukes, of Santa Rosa, Calif., has been legally blind for more than 40 years. An experimental treatment derived from embryonic stem cells seems to have enabled her now to see not just color but also some shapes.
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Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:39 am

Scientists are reporting the first strong evidence that human embryonic stem cells may be helping patients.

The cells appear to have improved the vision in more than half of the 18 patients who had become legally blind because of two progressive, currently incurable eye diseases.

The researchers stress that the findings must be considered preliminary because the number of patients treated was relatively small and they have only been followed for an average of less than two years.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

'Breach In Protocol" Suspected In 2nd Texas Ebola Case

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 12:25 pm

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Shots - Health News
11:18 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Insulin is produced by the green cells that are in clusters about the same size as the islets in the human pancreas. The red cells are producing another metabolic hormone, glucagon, that prevents low blood sugar.
Harvard University

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 5:28 pm

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.

Right now, many people with diabetes have to regularly check the level of sugar in their blood and inject themselves with insulin to keep the sugar in their blood in check. It's an imperfect treatment.

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Science
3:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

3 Neuroscientists To Share Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 5:30 pm

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Around the Nation
4:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Authorities Find Man Who Had Contact With Dallas Ebola Patient

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:32 am

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Health officials in Dallas can do little more than watch and wait. They're monitoring 48 people and looking for signs they may have been infected with Ebola.

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