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Researchers uncover genetic key for improved blood-thinning therapy for African-American patients

Published: June 4 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have discovered a way to make a blood thinner safer for about 40 percent of African-Americans taking the drug by linking a common gene variation to the dose.

African-Americans express keen interest in medical research participation, UF study finds

Published: April 2 2013

SVILLE, Fla. — In interviews with nearly 6,000 residents of five U.S. cities, African-Americans were more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to express an interest in participating in medical research, even if studies involved providing blood or genetic samples. The findings appear online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health.

UF researchers to study ethnic differences in prostate cancer experiences

Published: March 28 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Black men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer and die more often of the disease than any other group of American men, yet there are significant differences among black men in terms of quality of life and outcomes. Now, University of Florida researchers are exploring these differences among groups of culturally diverse black men with prostate cancer, seeking to understand why.

Traitor proteins that could attack the body widespread, UF researchers find

Published: March 1 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 32 million Americans harbor potentially toxic proteins that can attack body tissues and lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and scleroderma, according to a new University of Florida study. This is the first accurate estimate of the frequency of the proteins, called autoantibodies, the researchers say. The findings appear online and in an upcoming print edition of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Few white voters upset about Obama victory despite lingering racism

Published: September 13 2010

Socio-cultural, genetic data work together to reveal health disparities

Published: September 9 2009

Education played bigger role than race in approving gay marriage ban

Published: September 1 2009

Alcohol ads increase in areas with more Hispanic children

Published: October 28 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children are exposed to nearly seven times more alcohol advertising if they attend a school where at least one-fifth of the students are Hispanic, a new University of Florida and University of Texas study shows.

UF study: Religious devotion linked to educational outcomes

Published: July 2 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adolescents who consider themselves “very religious” are generally more likely to finish college than their less devout counterparts, according to a University of Florida study.

Maternal respect stronger among African-American and Latina girls

Published: April 29 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Young African-American and Latina girls treat their mothers with greater deference than do whites but their mothers take it harder when tempers flare, according to a new University of Florida study.

UF institute connects countries in global discussion of King’s legacy

Published: April 2 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the technology he lamented had overshadowed the human spirit was used to power four interactive global webcasts that transcend race, class, nation and religion.

UF researcher: Unions must recruit blacks in order to regain influence

Published: December 19 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — America’s faltering labor movement will not survive unless unions do more to embrace blacks and other minority workers, says a University of Florida researcher and author of a new book.

UF study: Anti-immigration steps encourage foreigners to stay in U.S.

Published: November 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Restrictions to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States are having the perverse effect of encouraging those who are already here to stay by any means necessary, a new University of Florida study finds.

Church events a growing boon to local economies, study finds

Published: April 12 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Communities that host church retreats and conventions can count their blessings and the dollars the faithful pump into local economies, a new University of Florida study finds.

Hollywood films portray biracial couples negatively if shown at all

Published: October 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite growing numbers of mixed couples in America, movie relationships between men and women of different races are most likely to be short-lived, oversexed and downright dangerous, a new University of Florida study finds.

Elders with anemia face increased health risks

Published: June 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elderly patients who develop anemia risk serious health problems that increase the odds they will be hospitalized and nearly double the chance they will die, according to findings from a long-term study by a multi-institute research team.

UF study: Female and minority experts most effective in HIV prevention

Published: May 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to popular belief, experts are more effective than peers in successful HIV prevention campaigns, a University of Florida study found. However, the most effective resources are experts whose gender and ethnicity match the patients seeking guidance.

Inner-city black men face higher risk of prostate cancer

Published: March 28 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Inner-city black men are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as whites and are four times more likely to be in advanced stages of the disease at diagnosis, according to a new study led by University of Florida researchers.

UF professor examines role of race, fame in public scandals

Published: March 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How did O.J. Simpson – hardly an activist on black issues before his arrest – become a hero to some in the black community after being charged with murder? Why were blacks willing to vote for former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry after he was convicted of drug charges? And why is the black community less likely to extend similar support to noncelebrity blacks who face prosecution for crimes?

Black baby girls more likely to live when born very premature

Published: January 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Black baby girls born weighing 2.2 pounds or less are more than twice as likely to survive as white baby boys born at the same weight, when many preemies are still too tiny to make it on their own, University of Florida researchers have found.