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Florida’s consumer confidence hits new post-recession high

Published: July 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points in July to 84, hitting another post-recession high for a second consecutive month, according to a new University of Florida survey.

'Little janitor' merits attention in Florida springs' health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say.

Researchers find new fertility drug to be more effective than one used for past 40 years

Published: July 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A fertility drug used for more than four decades could soon be replaced with another drug that is 30 percent more effective in helping women become pregnant, according to a study with University of Florida ties.

Simple test helps doctors catch more concussions on the field

Published: July 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the football field, sometimes the signs of a concussion are subtle. A player may have taken a tough hit but isn’t showing symptoms yet, and either doesn’t notice anything is wrong or won’t report it for fear of being taken out of the game.

UF launches newest preeminence initiative aimed at biodiversity

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans.

UF research shows rhymes can inspire reasoning during the third trimester in the womb

Published: July 22 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mozart, Beethoven or even Shakespeare — pregnant mothers have been known to expose their babies to many forms of auditory stimulation. But according to researchers at the University of Florida, all a baby really needs is the music of mom’s voice.

UF completes more work to improve visitor experience in St. Augustine

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The nation’s oldest city has a big birthday coming up, and the University of Florida is helping to prepare St. Augustine for the party.

UF Tech Connect Fuels Innovation Economy in First 12 Years

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE --- In its first dozen years of operation, the University of Florida’s Tech Connect program has helped launch 157 technology-based startup companies that in turn generated more than $1 billion in private funding, $530 million in public funding and 2,000 new jobs, according to a report released today.

Medical entrepreneur pledges $1 million to new chemistry building

Published: July 17 2014

A preeminent university should have first-class chemistry facilities. That belief inspired Dr. Howard Sheridan and his wife, Brenda, both University of Florida alumni, to pledge $1 million toward a new chemistry and chemical biology building at UF.

Calorie restriction with resveratrol key to kick-starting cell health

Published: July 16 2014

When it comes to staying healthy, it’s a cell-eat-cell world.

Many at-risk heart disease patients lack guidance on beneficial aspirin treatment

Published: July 14 2014

A daily low dose of aspirin can offer important protection against cardiovascular disease, but University of Florida researchers say that the people who could receive the most benefit from the medication may not be taking it.

Swamp Dance Fest participants to share, learn, perform throughout month

Published: July 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dancers participating in Swamp Dance Fest at the University of Florida this month will be sharing their artistic journey with the public.

UF research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For women taking certain kinds of pain relievers, a heart attack could be waiting in their medicine cabinets.

Controlling mosquitoes

Climate, genetics can affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s just math: The longer a mosquito lives, the better its odds of transmitting disease to humans or animals.

The new bacterial disease affecting some crape myrtle varieties in commercial nursery settings causes circular leaf lesions with a yellow halo, later leading to severe yellowing and defoliation. Researchers say the disease, so far, has been contained at the commercial nursery level and does not affect home gardeners.

Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say

Published: July 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s enough to send gardeners into conniptions.

IFAS assistant professor Andrea Lucky and her citizen science specimen collection project, known as the School of Ants.

With a little help, citizen scientists can be good proxies, research shows

Published: July 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Anyone can collect ant data as accurately as experts, if they have a bit of guidance and the right tools: cookies, index cards and plastic zip-top bags.

Deforestation remedies can have unintended consequences, UF researchers say

Published: July 2 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

Brazil can still capitalize on good vibes from World Cup

Published: July 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brazil can still make the positive glow from hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup last for years if it starts right away building programs that will unite citizens long after the event is over, a University of Florida study has found.

New infections cause dormant viruses to reactivate

Published: June 26 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The famous slogan is “A diamond is forever,” but that phrase might be better suited to herpes: Unlike most viruses, which succumb to the immune system’s attack, herpes remains in the body forever, lying in wait, sometimes reactivating years later.

UF part of research team that finds equine influenza virus in camels

Published: June 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida researchers have found evidence that an influenza A virus can jump from horses to camels – and humans could be next.