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Lisa Ann Kaufman

Student health offers new morning-after pill

Emergency Contraception 10 million women of childbearing age are having sex on the average night in the United States Over 70% of women 18 to 24 years old have already had their first sexual experience without the benefit of contraception. 2.7 million unintended pregnancies occurred in 1995 (the last year for which data was available). 27,000 condoms slip or break on the average night in the U.S. Of the 60 million women in the United States age 15 to 44, 28.8 million have had at least one unintended pregnancy. 28 percent of these women reported having an abortion. Experts at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate that EC pills could prevent 1.7 million unintended pregnancies and 800,000 abortions in the U.S.

Professors investigate natural heart disease defense molecule

University researchers may shed light onto the body's natural defenses against inflammation of arteries, which ultimately can lead to heart attacks and strokes, in a study published last month in Science. University Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics professor Dr. Klaus Ley and Dr. Yuqing Huo, began investigating epoxyeicosatrienoic acid -- or EET -- during the summer of 1996. They collaborated with colleagues at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. EET is a short-lived product of metabolism that can prevent inflammation in heart arteries.

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