UCLA studies how brain tells time

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, are challenging the popular theory of how humans keep track of time.

The human brain's time awareness studied

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a series of physical changes to the human brain might help the organ monitor the passage of time.

DreamWorks, Viacom deal still not dreamy

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Tensions among principals in the year-old Viacom acquisition of Los Angeles-based DreamWorks SKG's live-action studio remain evident, observers said.

Officials may OK work on Geffen compound

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- If billionaire David Geffen opens a stretch of beach near his California compound, he may not have to remove structures allegedly built without permits.

Chimpanzee and human genes studied

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have identified a new way to pinpoint the genes that separate humans from chimpanzees, the human's closest living relative.

Universal, Microsoft in unique music deal

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Microsoft is cutting Universal Music Group in on the sales of its new Zune digital music player in a deal that has caused a buzz in the music industry.

Baquet quits as editor of LA Times

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Dean Baquet announced Tuesday he is resigning as editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Geffen sells Pollock for $140 million

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The creator of the U.S. label Geffen Records, David Geffen, reportedly has sold Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948" painting for about $140 million, a record price.

Fat stem cells become smooth muscle cells

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have transformed adult stem cells from fat tissue into smooth muscle cells that help the function of organs such as the bladder.

Epilepsy 'brain pacemaker' designed

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have developed a unique nerve-stimulation treatment for people unable to control their epileptic seizures with medication or surgery.

Study: Pols trigger varying brain activity

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. imaging study has found political party allegiance affects the brain activity of partisans viewing the faces of candidates.

Steven Spielberg to make specialty films

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg says he may make specialty films that are lower-budgeted now that DreamWorks has been bought by Paramount.

Drinking can trigger high death rate

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- A UCLA study has determined older men who have as few as two drinks weekly and who have diseases that are worsened by alcohol have a high death rate.

Snider leaves Universal for DreamWorks

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures Chairwoman Stacey Snider is leaving to take over the helm of DreamWorks, a division of Paramount Pictures, it was reported Monday.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2006 with 313 to follow.
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Study may help explain Parkinson's disease

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- UCLA scientists have found a gene that makes embryos male and forms the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease.

More STD tests needed for homeless youth

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Pregnancy, not high-risk behavior, is the reason for sexually transmitted disease testing among newly homeless youth, finds a Los Angeles study.

New biosensor used for urinary testing

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Los Angeles scientists say they've developed a biosensor that can correctly identify bacteria 98 percent of the time in urinary tract infections.

Healthcare workers have low flu shot rates

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Fewer than half of U.S. healthcare workers get a seasonal flu shot, a University of California at Los Angeles and Harvard University study found.

Myelin imaging can detect Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A new imaging study shows that age-related breakdown of myelin, the fatty insulation in the brain, is a key genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Exercising the brain and body help seniors

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Researchers say older people may improve memory by exercising their brains and bodies.

Paramount gets DreamWorks for $1.6 billion

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., will pay $1.6 billion in cash to buy DreamWorks SKG.

Paramount to buy DreamWorks SKG

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures has agreed to buy DreamWorks SKG, the storied California studio that has been seeking $1 billion to change hands.

Good colonoscopy may not comfort patients

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A UCLA study shows irritable bowel syndrome patients under age 50 who undergo a colonoscopy with normal results may not be reassured about their condition.

Bad cholesterol may cause artery problems

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers say they found a way to predict artery problems in lupus patients by isolating a bad version of a normally good lipoprotein.
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