• A recent study found that feeling lonely increases the risk of heart disease by 80% in women. Which means, if the tabloids are to be believed, that Jennifer Aniston has only about a month to live. •


• New research to be published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that greater use of mifepristone, aka the abortion pill, has not helped to expand geographic access to abortion services. Most of the abortions performed with mifepristone were done in the same clinics, or nearby clinics, where surgical abortions are also available. • The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue is planning to protest outside of women's health clinics all over the country for 40 days starting on September 23. • Schools in the DC area have begun distributing the HPV vaccine to 6th grade girls. Although parents are allowed to opt out, there is still a group of activists who believe that the vaccine needs more testing. "They are using our girls as guinea pigs," said district resident Tracy Lloyd. • A woman is suing a Chicago zoo after she slipped and fell on water that had been splashed out of the tank by some playful dolphins. She claims the zoo officials "recklessly and willfully trained and encouraged the dolphins to throw water at the spectators in the stands, making the floor wet and slippery. • Sean Lynde of New York has been accused by animal control officials of murdering five of his girlfriend's cats. Authorities say his girlfriend didn't realize he was beating her cats to death and would replace each cat after he killed it. • The BBC has seen a copy of South African 800m world champion Caster Semenya's birth certificate, which proves she is female. She was reportedly so upset about being forced to take a gender verification test that she didn't want to accept her medal. • The cover of the newspaper The Maine Edge features a picture of a young teen girl in a bikini straddling a milk shake above an article called "Milkshakes aren't just for kids any more. Beat the heat with a grown up treat." What does an overly-sexual image of a teen girl have to do with "grown up" treats? •