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Shen Wu Tan

Shen  Wu Tan

Shen Wu Tan is a general assignment reporter, with a focus on health news, at The Washington Times. She formerly worked as a reporter at the Altoona Mirror in central Pennsylvania and received a journalism degree from Northwestern University. For three months, she worked as a reporting intern for the Weekend Argus in Cape Town, South Africa. Shen can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Shen Wu Tan

Tyler Berryman (left) and Isaiah Dixon, standing in a home in Arnold, Maryland, on June 16, 2019, are featured in a video series called "Understand AD Squad," a national campaign to raise awareness about atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. (Shen Wu Tan / The Washington Times)

Maryland teen shares his experience with eczema in national video series

The 17-year-old resident of Springdale, Maryland, is featured in a national video series in which he shares his experience with the irritating skin condition, as part of a campaign to educate the public and offer support to the millions of other sufferers of atopic dermatitis, or AD. The video series is called "Understand AD Squad." Published September 18, 2019

Medical experts and researchers are urging for the use of precision medicine to help identify genetic causes of disease and to tailor therapies for individual patients. (Image from Associated Press) **FILE**

Medical experts push for precision medicine

Medical experts and researchers are urging for the use of precision medicine to help identify genetic causes of disease and to tailor therapies for individual patients. Published September 17, 2019

A research specialist views nerve cells derived from human embryonic stem cells under a microscope at the University of Michigan Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Device can produce synthetic human embryo-like parts

Scientists have developed a device that can produce dozens of synthetic human embryo-like parts simultaneously, calling it a tool that could improve the understanding of early human development. Published September 15, 2019

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar looks on as President Donald Trump talks about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump administration to ban non-tobacco vaping flavors

The Trump administration announced a plan Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, which have proven wildly popular with teens, amid rising health concerns, bringing cheers from youth health groups and a mixed reaction from the vaping industry. Published September 11, 2019

A patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Commenting that "people should not be using vaping products, period," (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

FDA targets Juul as vaping-related deaths increase

The uptick in cases comes as the Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul, a leading e-cigarette maker, of illegally marketing its merchandise as "unauthorized modified risk tobacco products." Published September 10, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether e-cigarettes are linked to seizures and other neurlogical issues such as fainting or tremors. The agency received 127 reports from 2010 to 2019 of people who said they had seizures, tremors or fainted. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Vaping-related lung illnesses under investigation

Makers of e-cigarettes are getting hit with city, state and federal investigations of vaping-related lung illnesses, reported cases of seizures and industry marketing practices. Published August 29, 2019

Mosquitoes land much less frequently on graphene than on bare skin, researchers found. Graphene provides a strong barrier that insects could not bite through, thus blocking mosquito bites. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Graphene film promising for blocking mosquitoes

Health officials are touting a new protection against bloodsucking insects amid reports of a rare mosquito-borne disease that has infected four people in Massachusetts, killing one woman. Published August 27, 2019