UF Survey: Consumer Confidence Drop Calls Recovery Into Question

Published: April 30 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians declined in April after its most dramatic increase in more than a decade last month, underscoring the fact that signs of an economic turnaround remain unclear, University of Florida economists said today.

No Bottle Opener, No Problem: This Robot Will Crack Open The Brew

Published: April 24 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Life just got even easier for the family couch potato.

Putting The Bite On Melaleuca: UF And USDA To Release Australian Insect To Control Invasive Tree In South Florida

Published: April 19 2002

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— To slow and hopefully stop the spread of harmful Australian melaleuca trees in South Florida, researchers from the University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture will release a tiny insect predator Monday at the eastern edge of Everglades National Park in Broward County.

Young Poodle Returns Home Following Successful Kidney Transplant At University Of Florida

Published: April 18 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a classic example of motherly love: With her young son’s life in danger, mom puts herself in harm’s way and donates her own kidney to ensure the youngster’s survival.

To Tap Potential Of Hydrogen, NASA Turns To Florida Universities

Published: April 17 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Every shuttle launch depends on cutting-edge technology, highly trained technicians, and some plain, old-fashioned tanker trucks – 50 of them, to be exact.

Floridians Say State Should Educate Voters, UF Study Shows

Published: April 9 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifteen months after the presidential election that puzzled a nation and embarrassed a state, a University of Florida study reveals Florida voters say the state should do more to teach residents how to cast a ballot.

Young Horses Need More Zinc, Copper For Strong Skeletons, Says UF Expert

Published: April 4 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They run fast and jump high, sometimes suffering torn cartilage and broken bones as a result.

University of Florida Expert Says Replanting Sea Oats Can Help Save Dunes, Beaches

Published: April 19 2002

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Just in time for Earth Day, a UF researcher is leading an effort to restore one of nature’s most valuable beach defenses: sea oats.

Luxury For The Masses The Ultimate Global Field-Leveler, Says Author

Published: April 3 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Here’s a daunting task: In a post-Sept. 11, Enron-stunned world, defend luxury.

UF Study: Wide Generation Gap In Belief In The Right To Die

Published: April 2 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The closer people are to death, the more likely they are to believe in their right to die, suggests a University of Florida study that finds a wide generation gap on the subject of living and dying.

Obese Lung-Transplant Recipients At Higher Risk Of Death

Published: April 1 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Obese people are three times more likely to die after a lung transplant than individuals at healthier weights, providing first-time evidence that extremely heavy people should lose weight before having lung transplant surgery, University of Florida researchers have found.

UF Professor: Legislature May Not Have Solved State’s Election Problems

Published: April 9 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With an eye on this November’s elections, a University of Florida professor warns that despite changes made in the wake of the state’s 2000 presidential election foul-ups, Florida has not solved some of its key voting problems.

“Vigilant Vector” Could Insert Genes That Sense, Prevent Heart Attacks

Published: April 11 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers has used gene therapy to develop a tiny biological machine that could one day be injected into heart attack-prone patients to recognize and stop new heart attacks.

Florida/Swedish Scientists Develop New Model For Studying How Parkinson’s Disease Starts And Progresses

Published: April 23 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Neuroscientists have demonstrated that a selected gene, when injected into rats, sets off the progressive brain cell destruction that causes human Parkinson’s disease — a discovery they believe provides a better model for investigating the disease process.

Florida’s Youngest Lung Recipient Receives Double Lung Transplant At Shands Children’s Hospital

Published: April 26 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—University of Florida surgeons at Shands Transplant Center at UF performed a double-lung transplant on a 3-month-old infant – the youngest patient ever to undergo this surgery in Florida.