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Drop In Consumer Confidence Reflects Doubt About Big-Ticket Sales

Published: November 25 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians fell two points this month, prompted almost entirely by increased pessimism about whether it is a good time to make large purchases, such as appliances, furniture and cars, University of Florida economists say.

UF Studies Find Key To Preventing Strength And Muscle Loss In Elderly

Published: November 24 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hair dye and wrinkle cream can erase some of the outward signs of aging. Now University of Florida researchers may have discovered a way to turn back the clock on the physically devastating loss of strength and muscle mass.

Encouraging Early Data Suggests Bacterial Replacement May Stall Or Prevent Diseases Linked To Excess Oxalate

Published: November 21 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A beneficial naturally occurring bacterium may provide a safe and effective treatment for children with a rare life-threatening disease that causes recurrent kidney stones and eventually destroys both the kidneys and liver, researchers reported today (11/21).

Not As Dumb As You Think: Wild Turkeys A Tough Catch For UF Researchers

Published: November 20 2003

MELROSE, Fla. — If you live in an urban area, you probably think of the turkey as a shockingly stupid bird that dies at Thanksgiving but lingers in your refrigerator for weeks.

UF "Smart Home" Demonstrates Concept Of Automated Elderly Help And Care

Published: November 19 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At 85, Matilda is frail and forgetful. Like a growing number of Floridians, she has reached the stage when living on her own is becoming difficult. But she will avoid an assisted living facility or nursing home for now.

Don’t Try This At Home: UF Vet Heals Sick Horses With Acupuncture

Published: November 12 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lost the Triple Crown again? Been a bit slow out of the gate? Four years old and already feeling like a 20-year-old nag?

UF Researchers Say Speeding Associated With Gambling, Drug Use In Teens

Published: November 10 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Teenagers who break the speed limit are more likely than nonspeeding teens to gamble, use drugs or drink alcohol, University of Florida scientists reported today at the Society for Neuroscience's 33rd annual meeting in New Orleans.

UF studies find cause of muscle damage in those with poor circulation

Published: November 6 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered the cause of severe muscle damage that occurs when people with poor circulation work up a good sweat: free radicals. Now they hope to use the information to unlock the secrets of how to shut down those pesky body wastes.

Researchers Report Significant Delays In Tumor Growth In Mice Treated With Two New Drugs

Published: November 19 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF medical scientists reported today they have significantly delayed the growth of cancerous human tumors in mice by combining a new drug that thwarts blood vessel formation with another new drug that destroys existing vessels.

Geologists: Mysterious Ocean Floor "Potholes" Caused By Lava Bubbles

Published: November 5 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific, along a massive volcanic mountain range called the mid-ocean ridge, much of the ocean floor is pockmarked with jagged-edged semi-circular holes and collapsed pits of varying sizes.

Living sculpture takes root on UF campus

Published: November 14 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It looks like something that’s been here for a million years, like a multi-ton rock that has been worn smooth by the forces of time.

UF Researcher: Wright Brothers’ Epic Flight Could Have Been In Florida

Published: November 13 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Had America’s most famous flying duo heeded advice of a friendly engineer, the upcoming centennial anniversary of the Wright brothers’ famed flight might be happening near Fort Myers, not at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., a University of Florida researcher says.

Water transfer plan a risky idea

Published: December 16 2003

By: K. Anderson Crooks K. Anderson Crooks, a public relations instructor and administrator at the University of Florida, previously served as the chief communications officer for Florida’s largest water utility company.