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UF using sensors to monitor dangerous hits on football field

Published: October 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In football, a tackle can supply 100 G’s of force or more, well above the amount that can cause a concussion and more than 10 times the force of an F-16 jet roll maneuver. Now, University of Florida Health researchers are using the helmets of Gator football players to help measure the force of on-field hits as part of ongoing efforts to better understand and prevent concussions and treat them before they cause lasting damage.

UF researchers discover leukemia’s hiding places

Published: October 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In patients with leukemia, cancer cells can embed within the walls of blood vessels and hide from chemotherapy, according to a University of Florida study published in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Leukemia.

Researchers suggest Ebola virus may be creating its own immunity

Published: October 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The spread of Ebola in West Africa reveals two truths: The disease is swift, and it is devastating. Amid the chaos of deadly outbreak, researchers say another truth may exist: The disease might be quietly inoculating a significant portion of the population who are exposed to the virus but never succumb to it or show symptoms of being infected.

University of Florida announces formation of UF Diabetes Institute

Published: October 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Florida ---The University of Florida announced today the formation of the UF Diabetes Institute, a collaboration of dozens of researchers campuswide all focused on forging advances in treatment for a disease that afflicts an estimated 29.1 million Americans and 1 in 10 Floridians.

UF/IFAS researcher continues quest for peanut that won't cause allergic reaction

Published: September 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has moved one step closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens by removing 80 percent of them in whole peanuts.

UF poll: Majority of Floridians support Right to Medical Marijuana ballot question

Published: September 4 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A majority of Floridians support the use of medical marijuana, according to a new University of Florida poll.

Magnesium surgical implants can be designed to biodegrade, promote bone growth

Published: August 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away.

UF/IFAS study shows flavor trumps health for blueberry buying

Published: August 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavor most, new University of Florida research shows.

Relief organizations need to think long-term, UF research shows

Published: August 4 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the world wanted to help.

Painkiller reduces hypersensitivity to pain in patients with fibromyalgia

Published: July 31 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their bodies, but often doctors have difficulty detecting what causes the pain, and therefore, how to treat it.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.