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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.

Horse owners can still vaccinate animals against West Nile virus

Published: Nov 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida, horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state officials warn.

Women with chest pain risk serious complications even in absence of blockages

Published: Nov 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women who have chest pain but no evidence of clogged arteries on conventional imaging tests are nonetheless four times more likely to eventually be hospitalized for heart failure, suffer a heart attack or stroke, or die than women without heart disease symptoms, University of Florida researchers report.

Bedbugs begone! UF fumigation school teaches low-cost control method

Bedbugs begone! UF fumigation school teaches low-cost control method

Published: Nov 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bedbugs are back, so University of Florida experts are helping revive an old method that makes it easier — and less expensive — for pest control operators to fight the blood-sucking insects.

Drug exposure before birth could affect kids’ decision-making skills

Published: Nov 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The part of the brain responsible for making most decisions about how to behave seems to develop less quickly in children exposed to cocaine before they were born, University of Florida researchers have found.

Scientists: New phylum sheds light on ancestor of animals, humans

Published: Nov 2nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genetic analysis of an obscure, worm-like creature retrieved from the depths of the North Atlantic has led to the discovery of a new phylum, a rare event in an era when most organisms have already been grouped into major evolutionary categories.