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UF Researchers Explore Why Patients’ Pain Recall May Be More Than Total

Published: Mar 31st, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a perfect world, a visit to the dentist’s office would be stress-free and painless. But if you’re like 25 million other Americans, the mere thought of reclining in a dentist’s chair probably fills your heart with dread.

Chemists: nanocapsules show potential against overdoses in lab tests

Published: Mar 30th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trauma doctors may one day have a new weapon against drug overdoses: “nanocapsules” that sponge up the drugs and render them harmless.

UF survey: Florida consumer confidence falls after terrorist attack

Published: Mar 30th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians experienced its biggest drop in nearly 18 months, prompted by fears of additional terrorist attacks after the bombing strikes in Spain as well as continued pessimism about the job market, University of Florida economists report.

UF Study: Local, Regional Weather Patterns Sway Impact Of El Niño, La Niña

Published: Mar 29th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Climatologists can improve the accuracy of computer models that predict El Nino- or La Nina-induced droughts by taking into account how local and regional weather patterns influence these global weather anomalies, according to a new University of Florida study.

Study Shows St. John’s Wort May Compromise Cancer Drug’s Ability To Prevent Relapse

Published: Mar 26th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — St. John’s wort, an herb thought to be a safe, natural remedy for mild depression, may interfere with a powerful cancer-fighting drug’s ability to prevent relapse in leukemia patients, a UF pharmacy researcher will report March 27 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

UF Stem Cell Researchers Successfully Treat Diabetes In Mice By Coaxing Cells To Change

Published: Mar 22nd, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida adult stem cell experts have restored normal blood sugar levels in diabetic mice for three months by chemically coaxing bone marrow cells to produce insulin, a hormone normally made in the pancreas.

Black Police Officers In The South Still Face Racism, UF Researcher Says

Published: Mar 18th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A "blue curtain" has descended within police departments in the South, bringing to a standstill the progress made by black officers, UF research has found.

Development to cost Florida almost 3 million acres of rural land by 2020, UF expert warns

Published: Mar 17th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spreading suburbs could consume almost 3 million acres of Florida’s farmland by the year 2020, a University of Florida researcher predicts.

Study: Supercontinent’s Breakup Plunged Ancient Earth Into Big Chill

Published: Mar 17th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The breakup of the world’s original supercontinent, coupled with the breakdown of massive amounts of volcanic rock, plunged Earth into the deepest freeze it has ever experienced, new research shows.

UF Scientists Find Immune System Cells Fight Cancer’s Return, Predict Outcome Soon After Stem Cell Transplant

Published: Mar 10th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By measuring levels of cells crucial to marshaling the forces of the immune system, University of Florida researchers have been able to predict with greater accuracy the likelihood cancer patients who have received a blood stem cell transplant will go into remission or suffer a relapse and die.