Women Who Smoke At Increased Risk Of Lung Disease

Here's another reason not to smoke, especially for women: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disabling breathing disorder is increasingly becoming a problem for women. The most important risk factor for COPD is long-term cigarette smoking.

Device Prevents Potential Errors In Children's Medications, Study Suggests

A device designed to eliminate mistakes made while mixing compounds at a hospital pharmacy was 100 percent accurate in identifying the proper formulations of seven intravenous drugs. Five potentially serious medication errors were averted over an 18-month period in a test at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in the University of Michigan Health System by using the technology.

Circumcision Doesn't Reduce Sexual Satisfaction And Performance, Says Study Of 4,500 Men

A study of nearly 4,500 men finds that circumcision does not adversely affect sexual performance and satisfaction. Adult studies have been problematic and contradictory because of highly selective study participants, small sample sizes and short follow-up periods. Satisfaction rates in this study -- which compared circumcised and non-circumcised men -- topped 98 percent.

Former Premier’s Wife Arrested on Return to Thailand

The wife of the ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned from exile Tuesday to face charges of corruption.

Bomb Kills Sri Lankan Minister

A Sri Lankan government minister was killed in a roadside bombing near the capital that was blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said.

Suharto’s Condition Deteriorates

Doctors struggled to stabilize the health of the former president Suharto after a setback in which there were new signs of internal bleeding and fluid in his lungs.

Steamed Author Sues Seinfelds

A cookbook author has taken her battle against Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld out of the kitchen and into the courtroom.Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals, filed suit Monday against the famous couple, seeking unspecified damages for copyright and trademark infringement.

The Lede Blog: Successor to Bhutto Debuts in London

The son of Benazir Bhutto -- leading political figure in Pakistan, callow college student in Britain -- holds a news conference.

Britney Toes the Line, LAPD Tows Car

Britney Spears' long weekend just got a little bit longer.On Monday night, shortly after the trouble-plagued pop star returned to her Studio City home for the first time since her brief hospitalization, Spears had yet another breakdown. Or at least, her car did. (View Brit's wild night go down in our photo gallery)

480 Genes That Control Human Cell Division Identified

A team of US, Israeli and German scientists used computational biology techniques to discover 480 genes that play a role in human cell division and to identify more than 100 of those genes that have an abnormal pattern of activation in cancer cells.

Amber Fossils Reveal Ancient France Was A Jungle

Research on a treasure trove of amber has yielded evidence that France once was covered by a dense tropical rainforest with trees similar to those found in the modern-day Amazon. The 55-million-year-old pieces of amber was discovered in the Oise River area in northern France.

Lack Of Vitamin D May Increase Heart Disease Risk

The same vitamin D deficiency that can result in weak bones now has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Framingham Heart Study researchers report. Researchers also found an increase in cardiovascular risk with each level of vitamin D deficiency.

Thyroid Treatment No 'Quick Fix' For Weight Loss In Children

Parents of overweight children often desire a 'quick fix' for the problem and request thyroid tests, but, unfortunately, screening for hypothyroidism is not the answer, says a new study. Children treated for hypothyroidism aren't likely to drop pounds with treatment for the condition says a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Stardust Formed Close To Sun

Samples of the material picked up during the NASA Stardust mission indicate that parts of the comet Wild 2 actually formed in an area close to the sun. Analysis suggests that some of the Stardust grains match a special type of carbonaceous material found in meterorites; hence both must have spent time in the same gas reservoir, which was close to the sun.

Sept. 11 Stress Increases Risk Of Heart Problems, Study Suggests

Stress and fear in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks may be making Americans sicker, according to a groundbreaking new study. Participants who reported high levels of acute stress immediately after the attacks were about twice as likely to report being diagnosed with hypertension and about three times as likely to report a diagnosis of heart problems over the following two years.