With advanced age, negative consequences of heavy alcohol consumption on neurocognitive function worsened, according to UF researcher Adam J. Woods, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research.
Flushing bromeliads every week with a hose to displace mosquito larvae and pupae is recommended by Dr. Roxanne Connelly with UF’s Florida Medical Entomological Laboratory.
Letting kids help with gardening may sow the seeds of a lifelong healthy eating habit, according to new research. Lead author, Anne Mathews, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, found that 30 percent of the students gardened as a child, and 38 percent currently gardened. These students ate 2.9 cups of fruits and vegetables daily -- about a half a cup more than their peers who never gardened.
In their study published in Biology Letters, UF researcher Joseph Pfaller and Michael Gil at the University of California found that as long as a dwelling--whether it was a turtle shell or a piece of flotsam--was small enough to be manageably defended by two crabs, they kept it monogamous. But once the spaces got larger, the pair recruited new crabs to mate with and to help hold down the fort.
Florida’s population would expand by 15 million people from 2010 to 2070 if growth trends continue, according to a study conducted by the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center for the smart-growth advocacy group, 1000 Friends of Florida, and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Prof. Margaret Carr was among the researchers presenting the study.
Until it was found in Haiti, the illness was thought to be only in South America. Dr. John Lednicky, the University of Florida virologist who identified the illness in the Haitian patient, says it’s still too early to say how many other people might be infected on Hispaniola, or whether the mosquito-borne virus “will make it here [to Florida] or not.”
UF climate scientist Andrea Dutton observes that as the negative impact of sea-level rise increases, the threat to the nation’s security increases as well because the land on which naval bases are located is at risk of disappearing within this century.
Successful surgery to separate twins joined at the liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart performed at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in April is described in this article featuring Mark Bleiweis, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular surgery at UF Health.
As the number of people affected by dengue increases, with 390 million estimated to be infected each year, UF professor of biology Derek Cummings observes that the immunity individuals develop both protects them and puts them at risk, since the vaccine sometimes acts like a silent infection gearing them up for a more severe infection should they face the real form of the virus.
UF professor emeritus of Latin American Studies Terry L. McCoy explains why Brazilians’ respite from a perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction won’t last long.
Michael S. Jaffee, vice chair of UF’s department of neurology, writes about the consequences of sleep deprivation on human function in this commentary that originally appeared in The Conversation, posing the question: Could lack of sleep be a contributing factor for recent campaign mistakes and gaffes?
Ed Phlips, a professor of algal physiology and ecology at UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, is cited as an algae expert and quoted in this story about toxic algae blooms in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that are so large they can be seen from space.
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