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UF Research: Rip Currents May Hang Around For Weeks, Months

Published: September 29 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rip currents appear to persist for weeks or even months at the same places along the shore, although they become dangerously strong only under certain conditions, according to new research by University of Florida coastal engineers.

Gift To Harn Museum To Create Sculpture Atrium

Published: September 29 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will be adding a new dimension, thanks to a supportive Gainesville family.

UF Scientist Finds Eight New Snails That May Give Water Quality Clues

Published: September 28 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They’re barely big enough to see and they feel like grit, but some new species of snails discovered by a University of Florida scientist may be able to provide some big clues about the water we use.

UF Survey: Slump In Retail Sales Signals Drop In Economic Confidence

Published: September 27 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A sharp dip in retail sales and falling optimism about the U.S. economy pushed the Florida Consumer Confidence Index into a three-point slide in September, University of Florida economists said Tuesday.

UF Pilot Study Shows Massage, Relaxation Reduce Sickle Cell Anemia Pain

Published: September 25 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Thoughts of massage might conjure up images of an indulgence enjoyed by those fortunate enough to frequent a spa or by the athletic elite. But a little scientific scrutiny is showing it not only kneads away stress and soothes sore muscles — it can ease pain, tension and fatigue for those suffering from several medical conditions, including cancer and low-back problems.

Attachment Helps Young Children Inhale Asthma Medications, UF Researcher Says

Published: September 22 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When an asthma attack strikes, leaving a child breathless and wheezing, many parents have to scramble to plug in the device that supplies medication to ease the respiratory disease’s symptoms.

Radioactive Mussels Discovered In Round Lake Near Tampa

Published: September 21 2000

TAMPA, Fla. — Freshwater mussels in at least one west Central Florida lake — and perhaps several others — may contain elevated amounts of radioactive radium, apparently the result of maintaining the lake’s levels with water from the Floridan Aquifer, according to a University of Florida lake specialist and a state water official.

UF Researchers: Lead-contaminated Calcium Supplements Pose Small But Avoidable Risk

Published: September 19 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many calcium supplements contain small but detectable levels of lead, needlessly boosting consumers’ exposure to the toxic heavy metal, according to a University of Florida study published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

UF Receives $5 Million NSF Grant For Genetic Research On Corn

Published: September 18 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To learn how genes control development of corn and other cereal grains — the source of about 90 percent of the world’s food supply — University of Florida researchers have initiated a five-year study with the aid of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

UF Launches Effort To Foster Sharing Of Gene Therapy Safety Data

Published: September 15 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When doctors prescribe a drug, they indicate what strength should be taken and how often. But when it comes to using DNA to try to treat diseases, scientists have yet to standardize the way they measure a dose of gene therapy medicine.

Who Eats Beef? Consumption Depends On Age, Education, UF Study Shows

Published: September 14 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida have uncovered several links between beef consumption and factors such as education level, age and family size.

Univs. Of Florida, Chicago To Lead Way For Ultra-powerful Computer Data Grid

Published: September 13 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Universities of Florida and Chicago will lead an $11.9 million initiative that will lay the groundwork for a computer data grid of unprecedented speed and power, the National Science Foundation announced today.

UF Technique Detects Tiny, Potentially Harmful Airborne Particles

Published: September 7 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida professor has found a way to detect and identify extremely low levels of air pollution, a step that comes as concerns mount over the health impacts of breathing in small particles.

UF Study: Patients Want More Culturally Sensitive Health Care

Published: September 1 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A UF study of culturally sensitive health care from the patient’s viewpoint has uncovered some different perspectives that can be used to help doctors be more sensitive and ultimately provide better care.

New UF Course Aimed At Reducing Florida's Divorce Rate

Published: September 8 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— With the Sunshine State having one of the highest divorce rates in the nation, University of Florida researchers have developed a class they say will give the newly betrothed the foundation they need to stay hitched.