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UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

Published: Dec 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infections from drug-resistant forms of Staphylococcus bacteria are skyrocketing and have even recently made headlines by debilitating some of the NFL’s toughest players. Tools to fight these bugs are few, but now University of Florida researchers have used cutting-edge genetic analysis to find a new weak spot in this “superbug’s” armor.

Rockin’ around the Wii: Video games fun but pose social, health risks

Published: Dec 7th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Tickle Me Elmo. The recently released Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 video game systems are rivaling the giggling red monster as the gifts children beg their parents for most this holiday season.

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

Published: Dec 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The German cockroach — one of the most common and hated household pests — is winning the war against some of the newest insecticides and baits, according […]

UF study: Outlook for Florida real estate market not entirely negative

Published: Dec 5th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the outlook for sales of homes and condos in Florida is bleak, the real estate prognosis for business properties is much better as it rides on a still-strong state economy, according to a University of Florida study released today.

Allergy-free protein shows hope for a risk-free peanut

Allergy-free protein shows hope for a risk-free peanut

Published: Dec 4th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For nearly 3 million Americans, the most dangerous aspect to air travel is the complimentary in-flight snack. Every year, about 150 people are killed by a common ingredient of a first-grader’s brown bag lunch.

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.