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UF Research: Methyl Bromide More Effective, Economical For Killing Anthrax

Published: March 29 2002

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As anthrax and other biological weapons continue to be worrisome threats, a University of Florida researcher has found a common pest control agent called methyl bromide is more effective and cheaper than current treatments in eradicating deadly bacterial spores from buildings.

UF Study Shows Strength Training Improves Aerobic Power In Seniors

Published: March 28 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-For healthy older men and women, strength training not only firms muscles, but also significantly improves physical endurance and aerobic power, which can help prevent or delay a number of diseases including heart disease, according to a University of Florida study.

UF Survey: Confidence Soars, Gaining Largest Increase In 11 Years

Published: March 26 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians experienced its most dramatic increase in more than a decade in March, signaling an end to anxiety over terrorism and the Enron scandal, University of Florida economists said Tuesday.

UF researchers find mental stress increases heart patients’ risk of dying

Published: March 25 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Heart disease patients have more to fear than the threat posed by a couch potato lifestyle or high-fat foods such as burgers and fries: Mental stress can markedly decrease blood flow to the heart, hiking their risk of dying three-fold, University of Florida cardiologists reported today (3/25).

UF researcher develops aids vaccine for cats

Published: March 22 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In a major scientific breakthrough, a University of Florida researcher has developed a feline AIDS vaccine that the federal government has approved for commercial use.

To help save southern heritage, uf experts help develop new crop rotation system for peanut, cotton farmers

Published: March 21 2002

QUINCY, Fla. — Low profits are driving many small peanut and cotton farmers out of business in the Southeast, but University of Florida experts say the downward spiral could be halted — and some of the region’s heritage saved — if farmers adopt a “less-is-more” approach to farming.

UF scientists offer clinical science view of exploring the potential of brain-derived adult stem cells

Published: March 21 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adult stem cell research holds great promise for treating some neurological disorders, but much work remains before laboratory efforts can be translated into safe treatments, two University of Florida researchers write in a position paper in Saturday’s issue of The Lancet.

Bytes Replace Push Pins In UF Pedestrian Safety Project

Published: March 20 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Crossing the street may soon be safer, thanks to a computer program developed at the University of Florida that tells where and how cars and pedestrians cross paths the wrong way.

Cabbage Soup Diet No Lucky Charm For Weight Loss, Says UF Expert

Published: March 14 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No St. Patrick’s Day meal would be complete without cabbage. While the leafy vegetable is a nutritional pot o’ gold, it also is the centerpiece of a weeklong crash diet that’s mostly blarney, says a University of Florida dietary expert.

New UF Research Shows Florida To Grow More Rapidly Over Long Term

Published: March 13 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s population will grow faster than expected thanks to more accurate census counts, according to the latest projections from the University of Florida.

Native Plants Can Help Gardeners Save Water, Says UF Expert

Published: March 12 2002

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Gardeners in drought-prone Southeastern states may want to “go native” this spring and beautify yards with native plants requiring little irrigation, says a University of Florida horticulturalist.

Study shows women find solo travel liberating rather than dangerous

Published: March 11 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women see solo vacations as adventures in freedom and liberation, despite portrayals of those travelers as foolish risk-takers, a new University of Florida study shows.

Algorithms for airlines: new math model saves money, improves service

Published: March 4 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida-led research team has developed a new mathematical approach to airline scheduling that could lead to substantial savings for United Airlines, which helped sponsor the research, and eventually for other airlines as well.

UF researchers find mental stress increases heart patients' risk of dying

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Heart disease patients have more to fear than the threat posed by a couch potato lifestyle or high-fat foods such as burgers and fries: Mental stress can markedly decrease blood flow to the heart, hiking their risk of dying three-fold, University of Florida cardiologists reported today (3/25).

A first for mammals: manatees use hairs as 'underwater antennas'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chris Marshall noticed it when he snorkeled with manatees: Even when he remained still and quiet in murky water, they kept a safe distance.

Adult Stem Cell “Successes” May Need Closer Look, UF Research Finds

Published: March 13 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers may need to look more closely before concluding that adult stem cells can transform into other types of cells, according to University of Florida research to be published Thursday in Nature.

Rats With Partial Parkinson’s Damage In The Brain Show Complete Functional Recovery After Gene Therapy

Published: March 26 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Scientists report this week they have demonstrated that the injection of two corrective genes into a specific brain region generated significant restoration of normal limb movement in rats with a chemical-induced form of Parkinson’s disease.