Study: No birth control, heart attack link

MONTREAL, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Women who take third-generation birth control pills containing desogestrel or gestodene show no increased risk for heart attack compared to women who take no birth control pills, a new study reports.

Study: Pet exposure cuts child allergies

AUGUSTA, Ga., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Children in their first year of life who live with two or more cats or dogs have less chance of having common allergies later in life, a new study has found.

Early heart disease indicator identified

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The presence of an easily detectable protein in the blood can help predict the onset of heart disease before any symptoms appear, new research from a 50-year ongoing study of the residents of Framingham, Mass., suggests.

Epidurals not associated with back pain

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A new study appearing in the British Medical Journal concludes there is no difference in long-term back pain between women who receive epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery and those who do not have an epidural.

Bacteria strains cause COPD flare-ups

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Mutating strains of bacteria in the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, are behind the mysterious flare-ups of the condition, new research suggests.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Thousands of the oldest stars in the Milky Way may have originated in other galaxies. Young-Wook Lee, an astronomer at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, tells United Press International this new finding promises to help solve one of the long-standi
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Leptin helps Turkish family lose weight

A trio of relatives from Turkey who share an extremely rare genetic mutation that results in severe obesity have lost nearly half their body weight after being treated with shots of the hormone leptin.

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late R&B singer "Big Joe" Turner, who was born in 1911; Perry Como in 1912; Rodney Dillard of The Dillards in 1942 (age 60); Albert Hammond, who had a top-five hit in 1972 with "It Never Rains in Southern California," also in
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, May 18 through May 24.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Spielberg wraps college career

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- Just in case the filmmaking thing doesn't work out, Steven Spielberg now has a college degree to fall back on -- and not one of those honorary doctorates, but an honest-to-goodness bachelor's degree in film and electronic arts from California State Univer
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Of Human Interest: News-lite

By United Press International

Geffen gift UCLA medical school record

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- The medical school at UCLA will be renamed in honor of David Geffen following the entertainment executive's record $200 donation to the school, it was announced Tuesday. Gerald Levey, dean of the Los Angeles school, said the endowment was the largest e

UCLA gets largest gift ever to med school

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Entertainment executive David Geffen has donated the largest single gift ever made to a medical school in the United States. The University of California Los Angeles said Tuesday Geffen's $200 million donation would result in the Los Angeles medical schoo

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2002 with 313 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 21) Today's birthdays include Nina Simone, who was born in 1933 (age 69); music and film mogul David Geffen in 1943 (age 59); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 16) Today's birthdays include Sonny Bono -- make that the late Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Ca. -- who was born in 1935; R&B singer James Ingram in 1956 (age 46); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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