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UF/IFAS research findings shed light on seagrass needs

Published: Apr 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Seagrass beds represent critical and threatened coastal habitats around the world, and a new University of Florida study shows how much sunlight seagrass needs to stay healthy.

Risky business: Research could improve understanding of risky behavior, addiction

Published: Apr 17th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It follows logically: If you are unable to predict how a decision might affect your life, your decisions may be more impulsive.

Research links sadness with avoidance of indulgent behavior

Published: Apr 16th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Getting the kids to go easy on the chocolate bunnies this year could be simple as sitting them down Easter morning and making them watch “Old Yeller.”

To kill a tumor: UF physicians target the genes of lung, colon cancers

Published: Apr 15th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida physicians and researchers are collaborating to map the genes of different types of cancer, and then deliver medication to attack cancer at its source.

Study shows ‘dinosaurs of the turtle world’ at risk in Southeast rivers

Published: Apr 10th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Conservation of coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico is vital to the survival of the alligator snapping turtle, including two recently discovered species, University of Florida scientists say.

Consumer, be aware: Quality of health-related Internet searches varies

Published: Apr 8th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re like most people, you’ve gone online to find out what’s causing that ringing in your ears or whether a gluten-free diet is worth considering. Be careful.

Nanotubes made from plants could allow delivery of DNA into cells, improve chemotherapy treatment

Published: Apr 3rd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences took what some would consider garbage and made a remarkable scientific tool, one that could someday help to correct genetic disorders or treat cancer without chemotherapy’s nasty side effects.

Patients rate pain care differently depending on locale, UF researchers find

Published: Apr 2nd, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hospital patients’ responses to a question about whether their pain is well-controlled may depend in part on where they live, University of Florida researchers report.

Florida among five states partnering with UF center to transform teaching of students with disabilities

Published: Apr 1st, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — School districts and special education interests in five states — Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois and South Dakota — are partnering with a new, federally funded center at the University of Florida on an ambitious effort to transform their preparation of effective teachers and leaders serving students with disabilities.

Researchers testing gene therapy to thwart effects of multiple sclerosis

Published: Mar 27th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In patients with multiple sclerosis, the body turns on itself, launching an immune system attack that destroys the coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system, leaving them exposed like bare wires. Similar to exposed electrical lines, the unprotected fibers touch and short out, leading to the neurodegenerative effects that are a hallmark of multiple sclerosis.