Experts hope policy breathes life into asthma treatment method

Published: May 31 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Battling a child’s asthma attack could be as simple as sliding a plastic tube onto the end of an inhaler, but many health-care providers don’t offer this option to parents, say University of Florida researchers, who are calling for change.

UF study: gas prices and interest rates hurt consumer confidence

Published: May 31 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell two points to 89 in May, reflecting concerns about high gas prices and rising interest rates, University of Florida economists report.

UF expert cautions parents to be aware of child identity theft

Published: May 25 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Identity theft is not just for adults. Offenses against children are on the rise, and a University of Florida consumer education expert says the problem can actually be worse for younger victims.

New UF test could help third world farmers improve soil, fight global warming

Published: May 24 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A process developed at the University of Florida will help Third World farmers keep nutrients in their soil and could eventually allow them to join the fight against global warming.

Doctors miss depression diagnosis in many heart patients

Published: May 23 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to heart disease, many patients are singing the blues — yet too few doctors recognize it, University of Florida researchers warn.

Scripps Florida is About Science, not Real Estate

Published: May 23 2005

News that the Scripps Research Institute is devising a Florida exit strategy because of continued delays over construction of its Palm Beach County headquarters should be a wakeup call to Floridians concerned about the state’s growth and economic well-being.

Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from cough remedy, UF study finds

Published: May 19 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter medication that silences coughs, may help fibromyalgia patients quiet over-reacting nerves that amplify ordinary touches into agony.

Carbon dioxide mosquito traps no magic bullet, say UF experts

Published: May 19 2005

VERO BEACH, Fla. — With spring rains promising a bumper crop of mosquitoes, some Floridians may consider buying expensive high-tech traps that use carbon dioxide to lure the bloodsuckers. But University of Florida experts warn that buyers who don’t do their homework could still get bitten – in the pocketbook.

With a little help from your friends: a new way to block spam

Published: May 18 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Friends can help friends block spam — or at least their computers can.

Traces of stowaway Earth algae could survive on Mars, study finds

Published: May 17 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some hardy Earth microbes could survive long enough on Mars to complicate the search for alien life, according to a new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers.

New brain monitoring method would pinpoint babies at risk for seizures

Published: May 17 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Confusion and speech problems are frequent signs of seizures, but babies offer few such clues as to what ails them.

Curious about your vital signs? One day soon, check your laptop

Published: May 16 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The cameras and MP3 players are fun, but the next wave of add-ons for cell phones and laptops may help users keep track of their health.

Rat studies show what mom eats may predispose offspring to diabetes, obesity

Published: May 15 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You are what your mom ate.

UF study finds some people with oral pain wait too long before seeking help

Published: May 12 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rural residents are nearly twice as likely as their urban counterparts to postpone timely trips to the dentist, seeking help only after they develop a problem and oral pain is severe, University of Florida researchers report.

UF experts ready to discuss 2005 hurricane season

Published: May 11 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With this summer’s hurricane season predicted to be unusually active, the following University of Florida sources are available to speak to speak to the news media about a variety of storm- and hurricane-related topics.

UF researcher: teachers may slight students with exotic names

Published: May 11 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s in a name? Quite a lot for black students with exotic names who do not make the grade in school and are often overlooked by gifted programs, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF and FAMU create web site to help small farmers

Published: May 5 2005

LIVE OAK, Fla. — At at a time when large corporate farms dominate the marketplace, small farmers often struggle to compete, but help is on the way, thanks to a new Web site created by the University of Florida and Florida A&M University.

UF Study: Men With HIV Combat Stigma, Stress With Mom’s Love

Published: May 5 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite fears of shame and stigma, most HIV-positive men choose to confide their health status to their mothers, according to a new University of Florida study. When deciding whether to tell, the men’s need for their mothers’ emotional and socioeconomic support outweighed those fears, researchers found.

Exercise In Cold Water May Increase Appetite, UF Study Finds

Published: May 4 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Exercise in cold water instead of warm water may increase people’s appetites, making it harder for them to lose extra pounds, a University of Florida study finds.

Drug therapy eases symptoms in many Crohn's disease Patients

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nearly half the patients with an often debilitating form of inflammatory bowel disease saw their symptoms disappear within six weeks of starting a medication usually reserved for cancer patients, researchers report in today's (May 26) issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

UF Study: Men With HIV Combat Stigma, Stress With Mom's Love

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite fears of shame and stigma, most HIV-positive men choose to confide their health status to their mothers, according to a new University of Florida study. When deciding whether to tell, the men's need for their mothers' emotional and socioeconomic support outweighed those fears, researchers found.

UF/IFAS Researcher's Biomass-To-Ethanol Technology Could Help Replace Half Of Auto Fuel In U.S.


Varnes named UF's NCAA faculty representative

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jill Varnes, interim dean of the University of Florida's College of Health and Human Performance, has been named the university's new NCAA faculty representative.

Privacy and court records – Committee seeks public input

Published: May 31 2005

As anyone who has followed recent news stories knows, the Internet has created a major clash between fundamental democratic values of open government and personal privacy – a clash only enhanced by its capacity to make information in Miami instantly available in Tokyo.