UF researchers find possible treatment window for spasticity in study of rats with spinal cord injury

Published: November 27 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a cruel irony that strikes many victims of spinal cord injury: In those who suffer only partial paralysis, limbs that should remain healthy become stiff and useless because of chronic spasticity, a painful condition that causes muscles to contract involuntarily.

UF Survey: Elections And Rate Cut Boost Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: November 26 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians made a stunning recovery this month, reflecting optimism about the midterm election results and the Federal Reserve’s latest cut in the federal funds rate, University of Florida economists report.

UF Researchers Link Longer Kidney Transplant Waiting Times To Poorer Outcomes

Published: November 25 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The longer patients on dialysis wait for a kidney transplant once they develop end-stage renal disease, the worse they fare, University of Florida researchers report in the Nov. 27 issue of the journal Transplantation.

UF expert offers tips for safe Thanksgiving

Published: November 22 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plenty of people would agree that Thanksgiving is a prime time to gobble down delicious turkey. But a University of Florida food-safety expert warns that careless cooking techniques can leave diners feeling less than thankful.

New Research: Against All Odds, Plutonium Is Latest Superconductor

Published: November 20 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have discovered superconductivity in a most unlikely place: the highly radioactive element used to make nuclear weapons.

UF Study Suggests Schools Boost Empty Calories To Raise Test Scores

Published: November 19 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Faced with ever-increasing pressure to boost state-mandated test scores, some school districts have sought an advantage by pumping up their pupils with extra calories from junk food, a study conducted at the University of Florida suggests.

UF Online Program Could Help Fill Need For Tobacco Counselors

Published: November 18 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday will challenge the nation’s smokers to give up cigarettes for at least a day, but University of Florida medical experts say quitting permanently may require more than just encouragement.

UF research provides head start for controlling fire ants

Published: November 14 2002

SARASOTA, Fla. — Heads will roll as a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to control imported fire ants is put into practice this month in Florida.

Making Therapeutic Kitchens More Like Home Aids Alzheimer’s Patients

Published: November 14 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A well-designed kitchen may be the key to entertaining party guests, but a University of Florida researcher has found it’s even more important for another group of people: those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

A New Twist On An Age-Old Problem: Making Knee Replacements Last

Published: November 13 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than a quarter million Americans each year get new knee joints, yet only incremental advances have been made in their design since the devices were developed in the 1960s.

Artificial Amniotic Fluid Aimed At Aiding Digestion In Tiniest Newborns

Published: November 12 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers report the first premature babies to receive an experimental artificial amniotic fluid patented by University of Florida scientists appear to tolerate the solution, which was given orally in hopes it will help the infants’ digestive system develop properly so they can eventually handle regular feedings.

UF Gets $3 Million Gift To Create Institute For Biodiversity, Environment

Published: November 7 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF has received a $3 million gift aimed at making it an international leader in the study of biodiversity and the environment, a field that will play an increasingly important role in agriculture and other areas as Earth becomes more crowded and people continue to deplete its natural resources.

UF Study: Adolescent Girls Who Set Goals Too High May Risk Anorexia

Published: November 7 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Perfectionism puts adolescent girls with unhealthy eating habits at risk for becoming anorexic and the body imperfections that go along with it as they grow older, a new University of Florida study finds.

New UF Study Ranks States’ Access To Sex Offender Information

Published: November 12 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Arguments scheduled Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases that challenge how Alaska and Connecticut post sex offender information on the Internet might eventually determine public access to similar information in most states, according to new findings compiled by University of Florida researchers.