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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.

Wild southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) mother and newborn pup sheltering in the Great Tide Pool at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

UF veterinary researchers discover new poxvirus in sea otters

Published: June 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After studying unusual skin lesions seen in two orphaned sea otter pups, University of Florida scientists and their collaborators have identified a previously unknown poxvirus in the infected animals.

UF/IFAS study shows promise for antioxidants extracted from grape seeds, skin

Published: June 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Soaking muscadine grape seeds or skins in a solution of enzymes can boost antioxidants extracted from the fruit, creating possible new uses for grape leftovers, which are loaded with nutrients, a University of Florida study shows.

Treatment could spur production of insulin in Type 1 diabetes

Published: June 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Combining two different medications could help patients with Type 1 diabetes at least partially regain the ability to produce their own insulin, a University of Florida study has shown.

Dr. Bill Hogan will direct bioinformatics at CTSI.

Newly hired expert to direct biomedical informatics at CTSI

Published: June 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While scientists and clinicians work each day on discoveries that could unlock treatments and cures for diseases, much stands in the way between their work and patients in clinics and hospitals. Often, that roadblock takes the form of the inability to crunch large amounts of data.

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.

New chemical language of neural systems is revealed

Published: May 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Comb jellies – a seemingly simple form of marine life — took a radically different path to neural complexity than the rest of the animal kingdom, a finding that could have implications for synthetic and regenerative medicine, new University of Florida research shows.