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Carnegie Mellon To Get $265M Gift

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Carnegie Mellon University trustee William S. Dietrich II has pledged a $265 million gift to the school, the Pittsburgh university announced Wednesday. The university made the announcement in a Webcast. The donation is believed to be the 14th largest ever made to a university by a single person and among […]

Some Runners Drink Too Much During Races

MAYWOOD, Ill., Sept. 5 (UPI) — Nearly half of recreational runners may be drinking too much fluid during races, a survey of U.S. runners found. First author Dr. James Winger, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System, said the study found 36.5 percent of runners drank following a preset schedule or to maintain […]

Secondhand Smoke Ups Child Absenteeism

BOSTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Children living in homes where they are exposed to secondhand smoke miss more days of school than do children living in smoke-free homes, U.S. researchers say. “Among children ages 6-11 who live with smokers, one quarter to one-third of school absences are due to household smoking,” lead author Douglas Levy […]

Bananas May Help Reduce Child Asthma Risk

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Parents set to make back-to-school breakfasts may consider serving bananas, apple juice or pineapple because they reduce asthma risk, British researchers say. Children who eat one banana a day have a reduced risk of developing asthmatic symptoms, researchers at the Imperial College of London say. The researchers collected dietary information […]

Menopause Doesn’t Increase Heart Risk

BALTIMORE, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A spike in heart attacks in post-menopausal women is attributable to aging of heart and artery cells — not menopause itself — U.S. researchers say. Study leader Dhananjay Vaidya, an assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said the findings could have implications for how […]

Heart Disease Leading Cause Of U.S. Deaths

ATLANTA, Sept. 7 (UPI) — The leading causes of U.S. deaths in 2007 were heart disease, cancer, stroke, lower respiratory diseases, accidents, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and influenza. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ National Center Statistics used data from all death certificates filed in the 50 states and the District of Columbia […]

Arrest Made In Bay Area Disappearance

HAYWARD, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) — Police said Wednesday they arrested the former best friend of a nursing student who disappeared in the San Francisco Bay Area last spring. Giselle Esteban was picked up Wednesday in Union City on a murder charge and lodged in the Alameda County jail, the Oakland Tribune reported, citing jail […]

Couple Sent To Prison For Child Abuse

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Texas couple has been sentenced to prison for causing massive brain injury to their roommate’s 2-year-old daughter, officials said. Hermes Vasquez, 26, received 35 years in prison as part of a plea agreement and his estranged wife, Lyzette Vasquez, 22, was sentenced to 20 years, the San Antonio […]

Chevron Makes Oil Find In Gulf Of Mexico

SAN RAMON, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) — U.S. supermajor Chevron announced a discovery at a deep-water prospect in the Gulf of Mexico left idled after last year’s disastrous oil spill. Washington placed a moratorium on oil and natural gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire and sank in […]

Don’t Talk Oil With Cuba, Lawmaker Warns

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Washington is sending the wrong message by having a delegation in Cuba review the country’s plans to drill offshore for oil and natural gas, a lawmaker said. A delegation led by William Reilly, a top official at the National Oil Spill Commission, left Monday for Cuba to examine Havana’s oil […]

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