Engineering students the newest faces at hospital

Published: October 30 1998

GAINESVILLE — Biomedical engineering student Patricia Kwong spends a few hours each week following a neurologist and epilepsy specialist on rounds at Shands hospital, and she’s learning a lot about epilepsy and how doctors monitor and treat patients.

UF Researchers Use Gene Therapy To Successfully Prevent Heart Problem In Rats

Published: October 29 1998

GAINESVILLE.—A form of genetic trickery blocks the action of a harmful hormone, protecting the heart from the ravages of reduced blood flow, report University of Florida researchers, who describe results from a novel animal study in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Research.

Bats Give Blood In The Name Of Good Health

Published: October 28 1998

GAINESVILLE—Humans seem to think that blood and bats go hand in hand, and they do when it comes to University of Florida research.

UF Researcher Finds Pain-Free Treatment To Increase Walking Distance

Published: October 27 1998

GAINESVILLE — When 71-year-old Verton Gay first went to the Lifetime Cardiac Rehab Center in Ocala, he had just undergone bypass surgery followed by back surgery, and walking was causing him excruciating pain. It seemed he would have to give up living a life he was familiar with.

UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Keeps Declining As Holidays Near

Published: October 27 1998

GAINESVILLE — Fears that the international financial crisis could drag America down caused consumer confidence in Florida to drop in October for the third consecutive month, dampening the outlook for holiday sales, University of Florida economists report.

UF-Designed Plant container Slashes Water Consumption

Published: October 23 1998

GAINESVILLE — A University of Florida-designed plant container that traps and recycles water could help commercial nurseries solve a vexing problem: how to give plants enough water without exceeding limits on water consumption.

UF Researchers Find Anxiety Decreases Driving Ability

Published: October 20 1998

GAINESVILLE — As the drivers in the Pepsi 400 revved their engines last weekend and prepared to face the difficulties of the Daytona race course, there were millions of drivers in the United States preparing to face what they believe are the same challenges.

National Brain Institute To Open This Week At University of Florida

Published: October 19 1998

GAINESVILLE — Florida takes center stage into the chase for cures to today’s most devastating illnesses — especially brain and spinal cord problems — with this week’s opening of one of the nation’s most comprehensive and technologically advanced centers devoted to neuroscience.

UF Researchers Find Difference Between Reactions To Different Pitches

Published: October 16 1998

GAINESVILLE — When Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Rich Butler steps to the plate, he’s waiting for the type of pitch he hits best.

Weight Lifting Builds Bone Strength For Transplant Patients

Published: October 15 1998

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Unlike other transplant patients who develop brittle bones after surgery from anti-rejection drugs, lung patients often acquire the problem long before they reach the operating room. That’s because the anti-inflammatory and steroid medications they use to treat their lung conditions often cause bones to thin.

Wine Made From UF Grape Wows Judges At International Competition

Published: October 14 1998

LEESBURG — It’s fruity, yet unassuming. Dry with a smooth and light texture. Very pleasant to the palate.

UF Sponsored Research Funding Reaches $280 Million For A New Record

Published: October 12 1998

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida’s research enterprise grew about 10 percent to a record $280 million in awards during fiscal year 1997-98, according to recently released figures.

Ribozymes To The Rescue: New UF Gene Therapy Shows Promise For Treatment Of Inherited Blindness

Published: October 9 1998

GAINESVILLE—University of Florida researchers have designed a new genetic weapon that can–in laboratory animals–significantly slow progression of retinitis pigmentosa, a leading cause of inherited human blindness.

Research To Broaden Knowledge About Cattle Ranching At Crucial Time

Published: October 8 1998

GAINESVILLE — How to make cattle ranching more environmentally friendly without driving ranchers out of business is the subject of a major University of Florida study getting under way this month.

Discovery Of Invasive Zebra Mussel Prompts Warning From State Officials

Published: October 7 1998

GAINESVILLE –State officials made the first confirmed sighting of the non-native zebra mussel, a meddlesome mollusk that a University of Florida scientist says can displace native aquatic life and cause billions of dollars of structural damage.

UF Researchers Hope To Ease Asthma Pains And Provide A Sigh Of Relief

Published: October 6 1998

GAINESVILLE — Stephen Nowicki is a University of Florida medical student, triathlete and asthma sufferer. Since he was a child, Nowicki has suffered from exercise-induced asthma that he controls by taking medicine at least 20 minutes before exercising.

New Restaurant Food Safety Rules Require More Hand-Washing

Published: October 1 1998

GAINESVILLE—Gloves are out and hand-washing is in at some Florida restaurants.

UF Biotech Breakthrough Drives World's First BioMass-To-Ethanol Plant

Published: October 19 1998

GAINESVILLE—A breakthrough biotech “bug” developed by a University of Florida scientist will help produce 20 million gallons of ethanol fuel annually at the world’s first commercial biomass-to-ethanol plant.

UF Engineers' Lab-Altered Silicon Could Speed Computers Dramatically

Published: October 2 1998

GAINESVILLE — When scientists and engineers began using silicon to make semiconductor devices more than 40 years ago, it was the first step in what would turn out to be one of the most powerful inventions of the 20th century: the computer chip.

UF Study Finds Florida's Home Ownership Rate Exceeds The Nation

Published: October 13 1998

GAINESVILLE — Despite its image as a condominium haven for retirees and the footloose, Florida is really a down-home state with record numbers of homeowners, a new University of Florida study shows.