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Study pinpoints how genetic glitch could keep some people from feeling full

Published: Jul 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nearly 6 percent of morbidly obese children and adults have a genetic defect that keeps them feeling like their stomach is running on empty, no matter how much they have eaten.

UF scientists test improved gene therapy method for hereditary heart conditions

Published: Jul 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new way of delivering corrective genes with a single injection into a vein holds promise for long-lasting treatments of hereditary diseases of the heart, University of Florida researchers report.

Scientists develop new, molecular approach to early cancer detection

Published: Jul 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have pioneered a new approach to detecting cancer cells, one that could eventually allow doctors to discover many malignancies earlier than currently possible.

New test could keep babies from contracting deadly infections

Published: Jul 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new test studied at the University of Florida that could lead to better screening for the most common cause of infection in newborn babies.

UF scientists discover evolutionary origin of fins, limbs

Published: Jul 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Performance on the dance floor may not always show it, but people are rarely born with two left feet. We have genes that instruct our arms and legs to grow in the right places and point in the right directions. They also provide for the spaces between our fingers and toes and every other formative detail of our limbs.

‘Grandtravel’ popular bonding experience for grandparents

Published: Jul 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seniors who like to “spoil the grandchild” without interference from the parents have discovered that the safest bets are long trips to theme parks, historical sites and even on safaris, a new University of Florida study finds.

Consumer confidence rises in July, but likely to fall in next few months

Published: Jul 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose one point to 89 in July, but the slumping real estate market is likely to cause it to decline over the next several months, University of Florida economists report.

Health benefits of moderate drinking extend to elderly

Published: Jul 24th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older adults who consume a few alcoholic drinks a week are more likely to ward off heart disease and live longer, a new multicenter study led by University of Florida researchers shows, but not for the reasons many might think. In a surprising twist, alcohol’s anti-inflammatory properties alone do not explain the reduced risk of heart attack or death associated with light to moderate drinking, the researchers report.

Time to ready your boat for a storm is now, UF researcher says

Time to ready your boat for a storm is now, UF researcher says

Published: Jul 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Boat owners should prepare for a hurricane now, not when a storm is bearing down on them, a University of Florida Sea Grant specialist warns.

UF researchers question effectiveness of decongestant

Published: Jul 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida pharmacists say a popular decongestant in over-the-counter medications is ineffective at the Food and Drug Administration’s approved dose.