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Prescription Pain Patch Abuse Blamed For Increase In Deaths

Published: Jun 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drug abusers are increasingly turning to a slow-release form of a powerful painkiller for a quick and dangerous high, University of Florida researchers warn. The trend is raising alarm as the number of people dying from an overdose of the drug fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, rises.

New UF Farm Safety Program Targets 200,000 Migrant Workers

New UF Farm Safety Program Targets 200,000 Migrant Workers

Published: Jun 30th, 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Down on the farm, it can be downright dangerous – especially for thousands of Florida migrant farm workers who may not be familiar with rules and regulations designed to ensure their safety on the job. But help is on the way, thanks to a new University of Florida farm safety-training program aimed at the state’s 200,000 migrant farm workers.

When Birds Use Wildlife Corridors, Plants Benefit

When Birds Use Wildlife Corridors, Plants Benefit

Published: Jun 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wildlife corridors, intended to help animals move between otherwise isolated natural areas, may aid plants in the same way.

Research: Florida getting better at protecting homes from hurricanes

Published: Jun 28th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New Florida homes withstood last year’s four hurricanes better than their older counterparts — thanks in large measure to continued improvements in the state’s hurricane building code, say University of Florida engineers.

UF Study: Temporary Drop In Gas Prices Boosts Consumer Confidence

Published: Jun 28th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence jumped six points to 97 in June, reflecting temporary reductions in gasoline prices and gains in the stock market, University of Florida economists report.

UF, Nine Other Universities Complete Ultrahigh-Speed Data Network

Published: Jun 27th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whether mapping genes, probing elemental particles or monitoring global warming, more and more scientists rely on massive data vaults located at universities and institutions around the world.

UF Study: People More Ambivalent Than Pro- Or Con- About Gay Rights

Published: Jun 23rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Portraying the gay rights conflict as a sharply divided battle between homosexuals and social conservatives ignores the ambivalent feelings held by the vast majority of people in the middle, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF’s Record-Setting New Chip Has Potential For Bioterrorism Detection

Published: Jun 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have built a world-record high frequency chip using a common type of semiconductor, an advance that could lead to inexpensive systems for detecting hidden weapons, and chemical and biological agents.

Manatee Eyes Could Be Window To Health Status

Published: Jun 21st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For Florida manatees, the eyes may have it, say University of Florida researchers studying whether the mammals’ unusually thick tear film helps protect against disease and could be used to gauge the endangered sea cows’ ability to fight stress from cold water temperatures.

Bee Aware! African Honeybees Becoming Established In Florida

Bee Aware! African Honeybees Becoming Established In Florida

Published: Jun 20th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — African honeybees – also known as killer bees – have entered Florida, and a University of Florida researcher says the aggressive insects may eventually spread throughout the state and move into other areas of the southeastern United States.