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Existing drug used in transplants causes older rats to lose weight

Published: June 15 2015

Aging can cause many changes to the body, including obesity and a loss of lean mass. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has discovered that an existing drug reduces body fat and appetite in older rats, which has intriguing implications for aging humans.

UF breakthrough measures Parkinson’s progression in the brain

Published: May 26 2015

University of Florida researchers have identified a biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.

Embedded geriatrics consults mean healthier patients, according to UF Health study

Published: May 15 2015

When older adults have access to a geriatrician in the hospital, they are much less likely to die and more frequently leave the hospital healthier, according to a study UF Health researchers presented today (May 15) at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society.

‘Aging in place’ may be the wrong answer for boomers and their parents

Published: February 19 2015

Baby boomers trying to pick the best living arrangements for themselves or their parents as they age should be wary of a phrase they coined in their younger years: If it feels good, do it.

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.

Study proves physical activity helps maintain mobility in older adults

Published: May 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s something we’ve all heard for years: Exercise can help keep older adults healthy. But now a study, the first of its kind to look at frail, older adults, proves that physical activity can help these people maintain their mobility and dodge physical disability.

Simple technique may help older adults better remember written information, UF researchers say

Published: May 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have advice for older adults who need to remember detailed written information: Don’t just read it, tell someone about it.

UF researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors

Published: March 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline.

Benefits of mental exercises for seniors persist 10 years after training

Published: January 13 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older adults who received as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning and speed of processing skills 10 years after the intervention, according to UF Health researchers with the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE, study.

UF researchers to use brain imaging to look at dementia profiles in Parkinson's patients

Published: December 10 2013

UF researchers find that 'peanut butter' test can help diagnose Alzheimer's disease

Published: October 8 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler can be used to confirm a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's disease, University of Florida Health researchers have found

Researchers find potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer's

Published: October 3 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers

Researchers find potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Published: October 3 2013

UF collaboration will generate novel approaches to Alzheimer's disease research

Published: September 19 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Health researchers and their colleagues will receive up to $7.7 million in funding over five years from the National Institutes of Health to use large data sets in humans and animals to speed up the process of finding therapies for Alzheimer's disease.

UF celebrates opening of new Clinical and Translational Research Building

Published: August 12 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida today celebrated the opening of the Clinical and Translational Research Building, a new home for research that will speed scientific discoveries to patients. The $45 million, 120,000-square-foot complex will spark collaboration and spur medical advances by bringing together research teams from a range of scientific disciplines.

Throbbing pain isn't a matter of the heart, UF researchers find

Published: August 6 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Throbbing pain may pound like a heartbeat, but University of Florida scientists have discovered the sensation is all in your head, or more precisely, in your brain waves.

UF study finds brain-imaging technique can help diagnose movement disorders

Published: June 13 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study suggests a promising brain-imaging technique has the potential to improve diagnoses for the millions of people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Anti-cancer drug viewed as possible Alzheimer's treatment doesn't work in UF study

Published: May 23 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An anti-cancer drug about to be tested in a clinical trial by a biomedical company in Ohio as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's disease has failed to work with the same type of brain plaques that plague Alzheimer's patients, according to results of a study by University of Florida researchers.

UF study uncovers key factor in Alzheimer's progression

Published: April 15 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― A new study from researchers at the University of Florida may have uncovered a critical factor that drives the relentless progression of Alzheimer's disease ― a discovery that could eventually slow its progression.