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Background Noise Jumbles Brain Circuits, UF Researchers Find

Published: Sep 30th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Background noises don’t just cover up conversation, they may actually scramble brain activity, a discovery that helps explain why even perfectly loud speech can be hard to understand in a noisy room, say University of Florida researchers writing in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Financial Problems In Hurricanes’ Wake Similar To Those Of 9-11

Published: Sep 28th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the wake of four deadly hurricanes, people in the hardest-hit areas face financial trauma that mirrors the economic devastation suffered nationally after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a University of Florida law professor.

UF Survey: Florida Consumer Confidence Little Changed By Hurricanes

Published: Sep 28th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hurricanes did little this month to dampen consumer confidence among Floridians, which declined only slightly, University of Florida economists report.

UF Scientists Combine Experimental Therapies To Fight Gene Disorders

Published: Sep 23rd, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have combined stem cell therapy and gene therapy in a new strategy to correct inherited diseases, according to a study published this week in the online edition of the journal Hepatology.

UF Researchers Find Frozen North May Accelerate Global Warming

Published: Sep 22nd, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite their sub-zero temperatures, ecosystems of the frozen north may actually accelerate global warming, University of Florida researchers have found.

El Niño May Bring Early End To Hurricane Season, But Little Help To Florida Farmers, UF Researcher Says

Published: Sep 21st, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The El Niño phenomenon, which some forecasters say already has returned, could bring an early end to one of the toughest hurricane seasons in Florida’s history.

UF “hurricane house” shows little damage after direct hit by Hurricane Frances

Published: Sep 14th, 2004

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Built to withstand winds of more the 140 miles per hour, the University of Florida’s “hurricane house” survived Hurricane Frances when the eye of the storm passed through St. Lucie County.

UF Researchers Caution Against Using Sunscreen-DEET Combinations

Published: Sep 14th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Products combining sunscreen and the bug repellent DEET can be convenient, but University of Florida researchers are suggesting manufacturers take a closer look at the formulations after new research in mice found the mixtures greatly boost absorption of the chemical through the skin.

Alpha-1 gene therapy safely tested in first three patients

Published: Sep 13th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A gene therapy to combat one of the most common hereditary disorders, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, appears safe in the first three patients to participate in a landmark clinical trial, University of Florida researchers have found.

UF Researchers Find Lack Of Physical Fitness Poses Weighty Problems For Heart Health

Published: Sep 7th, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women who are fat yet fit appear less likely to suffer heart attacks or die than those who are slender but slothful, University of Florida researchers report today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.