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New consortium aims to promote better research to protect state’s forests

Published: Nov 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each day, Florida gains an average of 1,000 residents and loses more than 200 acres of forest—but University of Florida experts say rapid urbanization doesn’t doom the state to a treeless existence.

Staffers benefit from single-room design for baby care, study finds

Published: Nov 29th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Neonatal intensive care units designed with single-family rooms not only increase patient privacy but also boost staff satisfaction and reduce stress, according to a University of Florida study.

Upswing in consumer confidence boosts holiday retail sales outlook

Published: Nov 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lower gas prices, high employment levels and possibly the mid-term election results boosted consumer confidence in Florida by three points in November to 93, boding well for holiday shopping sales, University of Florida economists report.

As Hasidic population grows, Jewish politics may shift right

Published: Nov 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an era when the Jewish population in America is stable or declining, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish numbers are growing rapidly — a trend that may make the Jewish community not only more religiously observant but also more politically conservative.

Lucky break gives scientists unique view of underwater eruption

Lucky break gives scientists unique view of underwater eruption

Published: Nov 23rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A combination of luck and being in the right place at the right time allowed a University of Florida geologist and other scientists to capture and record an undersea volcanic eruption for the first time ever.

Gene therapy shows promise against hereditary lung disease

Published: Nov 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An experimental gene therapy to combat alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a common hereditary disorder that causes lung and liver disease, has caused no harmful effects in patients and shows signs of being effective, University of Florida researchers say.

Surveys find Florida consumers have less to spend for Christmas

Published: Nov 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite falling gasoline prices, most Florida consumers don’t plan to spend more this Christmas season than they did last year.

UF scientist develops turkey sausage to help feed hungry Haitian children

UF scientist develops turkey sausage to help feed hungry Haitian children

Published: Nov 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For millions of Americans, eating turkey is an essential part of the holidays, but for some Haitian children it represents a chance for a better life, thanks to University of Florida faculty members working to improve nutrition in the impoverished Caribbean country.

With exercise, elders can improve weakened physical abilities

Published: Nov 17th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a prescription of regular structured exercise, sedentary elderly are able to safely improve their physical function and may reduce the likelihood they will experience difficulty walking a quarter mile, according to findings from a multicenter pilot study led by the University of Florida Institute on Aging.

Fires in far northern forests to have cooling, not warming, effect

Published: Nov 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Droughts and longer summers tied to global warming are causing more fires in the Earth’s vast northernmost forests, a phenomenon that will spew a steadily increasing amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.