From today's UK papers

August 30, 2001


The international Commission on Global Ageing has warned that the rapid ageing of developed-world populations is a threat to the global economy.


The world's rarest whale may be on the way to extinction because it floats too easily, according to scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

Scientists will gather in the French Alps at the weekend to discuss the complex problem of the poisonous cowpat. A medicine given to cows, sheep and horses to protect them from parasites during summer pasture in the Alps has made their dung toxic and virtually indestructible.

Daily Mail

Britain's highest-earning woman executive, Melanie Lee, is a scientist working on treatments for illnesses including cancer.

Daily Telegraph

Men with high cholesterol levels look old for their age, researchers at the School of Medicine at Imperial College, London, have found.


Children who have the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are at higher risk of seizures for two weeks afterwards, according to a study at the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. ( Daily Telegraph , Independent )

Scientists at Wayne State University, in Detroit, have discovered high levels of colchicine, a substance that can cause birth defects, in one brand of ginkgo biloba herbal supplement. ( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph ; from New Scientist )
An early menopause runs in families, scientists at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht have found. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph, Times )

Jerry Hall will be studying the work of her ex-husband, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, as part of her Open University arts degree. ( Independent , Daily Telegraph , Times )

Fathers who smoke cannabis could be doubling their children's risk of cot death, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego. ( Guardian , Independent )

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