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Florida’s consumer confidence drops as bad economic news persists

Published: Jun 30th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell three points in June to 68, possibly because of new and increased state fees for residents, General Motors’ bankruptcy and a spike in Florida’s unemployment rate a new University of Florida survey finds.

Native holly can provide caffeinated, antioxidant-rich beverage, UF experts say

Native holly can provide caffeinated, antioxidant-rich beverage, UF experts say

Published: Jun 25th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coffee and tea drinkers, take note — a University of Florida study says a beverage made from a native holly tree might be just the thing to give you a caffeinated kick-start, plus a dose of antioxidants.

Corrections officers show progressive attitudes about jail sexual assaults

Published: Jun 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Far from being insensitive to the plight of their prisoners, correctional officers overwhelmingly believe they must do everything possible to prevent sexual assaults behind bars, a new University of Florida study finds.

‘Mixed reality’ human helps medical students learn to do intimate exams

‘Mixed reality’ human helps medical students learn to do intimate exams

Published: Jun 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “What brings you in to see me today?”

54-million-year-old skull reveals early evolution of primate brains

54-million-year-old skull reveals early evolution of primate brains

Published: Jun 22nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Winnipeg have developed the first detailed images of a primitive primate brain, unexpectedly revealing that cousins of our earliest ancestors relied on smell more than sight.

UF astronomy team among first to use massive new telescope

Published: Jun 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida astronomers is among the first in the world to make scientific-quality observations of the heavens using the newly completed Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest optical telescope.

Genetic finding could lead to targeted therapy for neuroblastoma

Published: Jun 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — Researchers have identified a genetic glitch that could lead to development of neuroblastoma, a deadly form of cancer that typically strikes children under 2.

Older kidney transplant patients should more often consider live donors

Older kidney transplant patients should more often consider live donors

Published: Jun 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Almost half of kidney transplant candidates older than 60 who are put on the waiting list for a deceased-donor organ will die before getting a transplant, according to new findings from the University of Florida, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child’s OCD

Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child’s OCD

Published: Jun 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — For most parents, soothing a child’s anxiety is just part of the job. But for a parent whose child has obsessive-compulsive disorder, soothing anxiety and helping with behaviors linked to the disease could lead to more severe symptoms, University of Florida researchers say.

Popular Alzheimer’s theory may be false trail

Published: Jun 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The idea that anti-inflammatory drugs might protect people struggling with dementia from Alzheimer’s disease has received a blow with the online release of a study of human brain tissue in Acta Neuropathologica.