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UF study: Gas price and interest rate hikes sink consumer confidence

Published: Feb 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell eight points in February to 87, reflecting pessimism about higher gas prices and rising interest rates, which are beginning to hurt housing sales, refinancing and home equity loans, University of Florida economists report.

Ancient DNA helps UF researchers unearth potential hemophilia therapy

Published: Feb 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A cut can be life-threatening for people with hemophilia, whose bodies don’t produce enough of a protein that prevents prolonged bleeding.

A better tool to study role of iron in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Published: Feb 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Engineers have found a way to pinpoint and identify the tiny iron oxide particles associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in the brain.

UF scientists reveal ancient origin of vertebrate skeleton

Published: Feb 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have found that people have an ancient skeleton in their closets — a skeleton personified today by a jawless, eel-like fish.

UF study: Excuses hurt job productivity when performing simple tasks

Published: Feb 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Giving employees a built-in excuse for lousy performance in humdrum or nasty tasks also gives them a way out of doing a good job, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: Florida to experience continued growth despite hurricanes

Published: Feb 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The spate of devastating hurricanes should not deter Florida’s population growth, which is expected to increase steadily over the next quarter century with the fastest growth occurring in metropolitan fringe areas, a new University of Florida study finds.

A tiny bug with a big appetite: UF researchers say scale insect attacks more than 300 species of plants

A tiny bug with a big appetite: UF researchers say scale insect attacks more than 300 species of plants

Published: Feb 16th, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Welcome to the bug-of-the-month club. Thanks to Florida’s balmy climate and popularity as a tourist destination, at least one new and unwanted insect pest hitchhikes its way into the state every month, according to University of Florida researchers.

Children in the South face higher health risks

Published: Feb 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children living in the South are up to three times more likely to battle poor health and its consequences — including obesity, teen pregnancy and death — than those in all other regions of the United States, even if they receive the same medical care, a new University of Florida study reveals.

UF study: World shark attacks dipped in 2005, part of long-term trend

Published: Feb 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Assertive and even aggressive human behavior could explain why shark attacks worldwide dipped last year, continuing a five-year downward trend in close encounters with the oceanic predators, new University of Florida research suggests.

UF researchers develop ways to keep the bloom on the rose

UF researchers develop ways to keep the bloom on the rose

Published: Feb 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They may not be able to make love last, but a team of University of Florida researchers has figured out how to at least make the flowers go the distance.