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UF researchers find possible treatment window for spasticity in study of rats with spinal cord injury

Published: Nov 27th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a cruel irony that strikes many victims of spinal cord injury: In those who suffer only partial paralysis, limbs that should remain healthy become stiff and useless because of chronic spasticity, a painful condition that causes muscles to contract involuntarily.

UF Survey: Elections And Rate Cut Boost Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: Nov 26th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians made a stunning recovery this month, reflecting optimism about the midterm election results and the Federal Reserve’s latest cut in the federal funds rate, University of Florida economists report.

UF Researchers Link Longer Kidney Transplant Waiting Times To Poorer Outcomes

Published: Nov 25th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The longer patients on dialysis wait for a kidney transplant once they develop end-stage renal disease, the worse they fare, University of Florida researchers report in the Nov. 27 issue of the journal Transplantation.

UF expert offers tips for safe Thanksgiving

Published: Nov 22nd, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plenty of people would agree that Thanksgiving is a prime time to gobble down delicious turkey. But a University of Florida food-safety expert warns that careless cooking techniques can leave diners feeling less than thankful.

New Research: Against All Odds, Plutonium Is Latest Superconductor

Published: Nov 20th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have discovered superconductivity in a most unlikely place: the highly radioactive element used to make nuclear weapons.

UF Study Suggests Schools Boost Empty Calories To Raise Test Scores

Published: Nov 19th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Faced with ever-increasing pressure to boost state-mandated test scores, some school districts have sought an advantage by pumping up their pupils with extra calories from junk food, a study conducted at the University of Florida suggests.

UF Online Program Could Help Fill Need For Tobacco Counselors

Published: Nov 18th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday will challenge the nation’s smokers to give up cigarettes for at least a day, but University of Florida medical experts say quitting permanently may require more than just encouragement.

UF research provides head start for controlling fire ants

Published: Nov 14th, 2002

SARASOTA, Fla. — Heads will roll as a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to control imported fire ants is put into practice this month in Florida.

Making Therapeutic Kitchens More Like Home Aids Alzheimer’s Patients

Published: Nov 14th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A well-designed kitchen may be the key to entertaining party guests, but a University of Florida researcher has found it’s even more important for another group of people: those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

A New Twist On An Age-Old Problem: Making Knee Replacements Last

Published: Nov 13th, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than a quarter million Americans each year get new knee joints, yet only incremental advances have been made in their design since the devices were developed in the 1960s.