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UF Researchers Link Blood Vessel Dysfunction To Poor Prognosis In Women

Published: February 26 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women without obviously obstructed arteries who nonetheless have blood vessels that function abnormally are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, death and other serious complications, University of Florida cardiologists report in the current issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. The same holds true for those with mild forms of heart disease, and, not surprisingly, those with more serious blockages, researchers found.

UF Cardiologists Garner Federal Funds To Study Stress And The Heart

Published: February 25 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You may have sworn off the burger brigade, and started eating healthy and watching your weight, with a dose of frequent exercise for good measure. But take this to heart: If you have coronary artery disease, stress could be just as dangerous as high-fat foods or smoking.

UF survey: Florida consumer confidence steady amid conflicting indicators

Published: February 24 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remains unchanged in February, with concerns about long-term economic conditions balanced by optimism about personal finances in the short term, University of Florida economists report.

UF Scientists Create The First Artificial System Capable Of Evolution

Published: February 20 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida scientists has for the first time developed an artificial chemical system that can mimic the natural evolutionary process living organisms undergo.

UF team builds rough-and-tumble robot car for LA-to-Vegas race

Published: February 20 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It looks like a cross between a Hummer and a tank.

UF professor: living choices need new terms for aging baby boomers

Published: February 19 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nursing home and assisted living are yesterday’s news – at least as far as baby boomers are concerned. For that still-youth-conscious group, think “DOUERs,” “PERCs” and “elder parks,” says a University of Florida researcher.

UF experts say little-used procedure could help identify male bladder cancer patients at risk of recurrence

Published: February 18 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A diagnostic procedure sometimes used to monitor male bladder cancer patients after radical surgery may not be any more accurate than doctors’ observations in identifying those who would benefit from an additional operation. But a University of Florida study found the procedure may help doctors answer a more basic question: After surgery, which patients are most likely to suffer further disease progression?

UF-developed transportation tools serve as model for nation

Published: February 18 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although there has been extensive discussion in recent years about New Urbanism and other alternative transportation concepts, models used to develop the nation’s transportation system have traditionally focused solely on the automobile, considering bikers and walkers as impediments.

USA Today Names Three UF Students To All-USA College Academic Team

Published: February 12 2004

USA Today named two University of Florida students among 20 selected nationwide to its top-tier All-USA College Academic Team, and another UF student to its Third Team. The students are featured in the Feb. 12 edition of the USA Today newspaper.

UF Study: Gays, Blacks And Other Groups Stake Out New Roles In Rodeo

Published: February 11 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American frontier experience is being replayed by nontraditional groups who are taking the bull by the horns and staging their own rugged rodeos, a new University of Florida study finds.

Global Warming May Cut Production Of Key Protein Crop, Peanuts

Published: February 9 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How hot is too hot? A new UF study shows that global warming could dramatically reduce peanut production in places where temperatures are already high.

World-class researcher tapped to head Magnetic Field Laboratory

Published: February 6 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A world-class leader in magnetic field research has been named as the new director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is operated for the National Science Foundation by a consortium that includes the University of Florida, Florida State University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Giraffes Get Nutritional Boost From New UF-Developed Food

Published: February 5 2004

TAMPA, Fla. — Everyone knows they have long necks, intelligent faces and soulful brown eyes. But apparently giraffes also have a sweet tooth.

UF Study: People Unduly Gloomy In Positive Situations, Upbeat In Negative Ones

Published: February 4 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Odds are people think the glass is half empty when it is overflowing and half full when it is about to run dry, according to a new University of Florida study on attitudes about risk.

UF Scientists Find Enzyme Protects Cells During Gene Therapy

Published: February 2 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An enzyme instrumental to the body's ability to repair itself appears to also stop a gene therapy virus from damaging a cell once the virus delivers its corrective cargo, University of Florida scientists report today (Feb. 2) in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UF Researcher: Atlantic Corals Unique, Cannot Be Replaced If Lost

Published: February 25 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The discovery that many Caribbean corals are only distantly related to their counterparts in the Pacific Ocean makes the threats of pollution and global warming trends even more serious, according to a University of Florida zoologist.

UF Botanists Help Create "Supertree" Of Evolution For Flowering Plants

Published: February 2 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A group of scientists has created the first comprehensive evolutionary reconstruction of the many families of flowering plants, an achievement that could aid in the search for plant-based cures for diseases and improve agricultural crops.

The FDA Huffs, but Canadian Drugs Are OK

Published: February 20 2004

By: Paul L. Doering Paul L. Doering is a professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. The Food and Drug Administration would have consumers believe they’re taking a huge risk when they send their prescriptions to pharmacies north of the border, where the same drugs cost far less than they do here.

UF Researchers Probe Epilepsy Drug's Effect On Scars

Published: February 10 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Giving a common antiseizure drug to patients with scars on their bodies may improve the cosmetic appearance of the scars, scientists at the University of Florida’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute report in the current issue of Dermatology Online Journal.