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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.

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.

Offer kids whole grains; they’ll eat them, UF/IFAS study shows

Published: June 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Many parents presume their children will shun whole grains because they think they don’t like them, a University of Florida researcher says, but a new UF study may start to debunk that idea.

A better bedbug trap: Made from household items for about $1

Published: May 20 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The contraption seems so simple, yet so clever, like something The Professor might have concocted on “Gilligan’s Island.”

Health promotion efforts in schools really do improve health

Published: April 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can school efforts really persuade kids not to smoke, spur teens to exercise and get little ones to eat more fruits and veggies? Yes, if these efforts are part of a schoolwide program that promotes healthy behaviors on multiple fronts, according to the results of the most comprehensive study on the effects of these programs completed to date.

UF/IFAS part of $4.9 million national child obesity study

Published: March 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida students will create obesity prevention programs for their peers and later, for high school students, as part of a $4.9 million federal research and extension grant awarded last week.

Stressful experiences have big, immediate effects on children’s health

Published: March 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science has shown that children who experience stressful events are more likely to face poor health outcomes as adults, but new research shows the effects may show up much sooner — in fact, almost immediately.

Designated drivers don't always abstain, UF study finds

Published: June 10 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maybe better call that cab, after all: A new University of Florida study found that 35 percent of designated drivers had quaffed alcohol and most had blood-alcohol levels high enough to impair their driving.

New book tackles myths, misperceptions about marijuana

Published: May 9 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than half of Americans now think marijuana should be legalized, according to survey results the Pew Research Center released in April. But could an inaccurate understanding about modern marijuana and the dangers it poses — particularly to adolescents — be skewing people’s opinions on the subject?

Presidential search, London band trip among top 2012 stories

Published: January 1 2013

This year has been another busy one for news at UF, but some stories were more popular than others. Here’s our list of the Top 10 based on unique pageviews.

ADHD drugs do not raise risk of serious heart conditions in children, study shows

Published: October 31 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children taking central nervous system stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin do not face an increased risk of serious heart conditions during treatment, according to a new University of Florida study that confirms findings reported in 2011. Published in the British Medical Journal in August, the study contributes to a decade-long clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Farmers' market phonies raise ire of some customers - but not all, UF researchers say

Published: September 25 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doing business with a farmers' market phony selling non-local food might bother some shoppers, but not all, according to a new University of Florida study.

Obesity higher in rural America than in urban parts of the country, UF researchers, colleagues find

Published: September 14 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The occurrence of obesity in rural areas of the U.S. is significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study from University of Florida researchers and colleagues has found. Forty percent of rural residents are obese, compared with 33 percent of urban residents.

UF study shows long-term drug abuse starts with alcohol

Published: July 10 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alcohol — not marijuana — is the gateway drug that leads adolescents down the path toward more serious substances, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF/IFAS specialist gives tips for keeping your home in ready-to-sell condition

Published: April 25 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you own a home, it’s easy to stop seeing its flaws — the gate latch that never works, the faded shingles on the roof.

Getting physical: UF to test if financial incentives improve health, lower costs

Published: April 23 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Joining a gym to log in hours on the elliptical or hiring a nutritionist for guidance are good ideas to shed pounds but typically too pricey for people with low incomes, as are many programs geared toward boosting wellness.

Parents play a powerful role in predicting DUI

Published: September 6 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sipping the occasional glass of wine may seem relatively harmless, and could even be beneficial to the drinker’s health. But for parents, even moderate drinking can result in one unintended consequence: an increased risk their children will drive under the influence as adults.

Parents play a powerful role in predicting DUI

Published: September 6 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sipping the occasional glass of wine may seem relatively harmless, and could even be beneficial to the drinker’s health. But for parents, even moderate drinking can result in one unintended consequence: an increased risk their children will drive under the influence as adults.

Researchers look for new ways to get teens to take their medicine

Published: August 10 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Skipping doses of medicine or taking it at the wrong times can worsen a patient’s condition and lead to costly complications — even organ rejection in patients who have undergone a kidney transplant.

Programs may prevent tooth decay in tots

Published: June 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A toddler’s tiny teeth are destined to fall out in later years as their permanent pearly whites grow in. But for some children, especially those from low-income families, cavities and poor oral health lead to complicated dental problems long before they even graduate from their cribs.