UF researchers embark on major multidisciplinary project to shed light on spread of respiratory disease in tortoises

Published: June 26 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Building on 10 years of research into an upper respiratory tract disease that has devastated endangered tortoises across the United States, University of Florida scientists hope a new $2.2 million federal grant will help them better grasp how various chronic diseases spread in the animals as well as in people.

UF Survey: Confused Consumers Give Shaky Nod Of Confidence

Published: June 25 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians did an about face in June, but the reversal is muddled by mixed signals from state residents apparently perplexed about the true condition of the economy, University of Florida economists said today.

New Book: For Ancients, Abortion Also A Dilemma

Published: June 24 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Titled "Whether what is carried in the womb is a living being?" the essay centers on the question of when human life begins.

UF Researcher: New Classification System Helps Assess Prognosis For Patients With Pancreatic Tumors

Published: June 20 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patients with certain pancreatic tumors could benefit from a new way of assessing which growths constitute potentially aggressive cancers that are likely to recur or kill, report scientists at the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

UF Expert Says "Ecstasy" Increasingly Linked To Deaths From Traffic Accidents, Multiple Drug Overdoses

Published: June 19 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The illegal drug ecstasy, already linked to brain and liver damage, may be causing more agony in the nation’s streets and emergency rooms than anyone realizes, says a University of Florida medical expert.

NASA: UF To Head Major Initiative On Future Spacecraft

Published: June 17 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — NASA has chosen the University of Florida as the lead institution in a nearly $16 million research initiative aimed at making space flight as routine, inexpensive and safe as commercial air travel.

UF Researchers: Summer Vacation A Setback For Poor School Children

Published: June 14 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — "Summertime and the living is easy" may bring hard lessons to poor children, who often fall years behind in school by not reading during three-month summer vacation breaks, University of Florida researchers say.

UF Scientists Design Minuscule Drug Uptake Agents To Carry Out Lifesaving Drug Detoxification

Published: June 13 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drug-binding molecules tiny enough to travel through the body’s smallest capillaries may provide a way to spare the heart and other organs from the toxic effects of drug overdose, according to preliminary laboratory findings by University of Florida scientists.

Florida Scientists Report Indications Of Link Between Brain Stem Cells And Brain Tumors

Published: June 19 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists report they have found the first evidence of a link between stem cells in the brain and the formation of gliomas, the most common type of brain tumors found in adults.

UF Expert: Nature-Based Tourism Requires Marketing Know-How

Published: June 12 2002

JASPER, Fla. — To cash in on ecotourism – now the fastest growing segment of the nation’s $584 billion-a-year travel industry – rural communities need to flex their marketing muscles and promote their natural attractions more aggressively.

UF Researchers Develop Biocontrol For Destructive Weed

Published: June 5 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like the name of an exotic new drink, but tropical soda apple has been more aptly described as the "plant from hell," say University of Florida researchers who have developed a natural way to control the rapidly spreading weed.

UF Scientists Discover Rat Liver Stem Cells Can Evolve Into Insulin-Producing Cells

Published: June 3 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the latest breakthrough in the burgeoning field of stem cell biology, University of Florida scientists report today that adult rat liver stem cells can evolve into insulin-producing pancreatic cells, a finding that has implications for the future of diabetes research.

With Cues From Nature, Scientists Develop New Method To Purify Drugs

Published: June 17 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using what might be described as a biological machine, University of Florida and Finnish researchers have demonstrated an experimental process for drug purification that one day could speed the production and decrease the cost of prescription drugs.

UF Research: For Stroke Recovery, Two Therapies Better Than One

Published: June 3 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For millions who have lasting paralysis after a stroke, the key to regaining movement may lie in a combination of therapies, according to a new University of Florida study.