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UF survey: Florida consumer confidence jumps in December

Published: Dec 27th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points to 69 in December, reflecting a cautious optimism in the economy, according to a recent University of Florida survey. Though the latest figure is only one point below the level set in December 2010, it also marks the highest rank in the past nine months.

UF, Moffitt researchers find blood cancer may be more common than realized

UF, Moffitt researchers find blood cancer may be more common than realized

Published: Dec 20th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A group of life-threatening blood disorders collectively called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, may occur four times more often than reported by national cancer registries, according to new research from the University of Florida based on data from Medicare claims.

Hellbender salamander study seeks answers for global amphibian decline

Published: Dec 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander is the first to detail its skin microbes, the bacteria and fungi that defend against pathogens.

New breakthrough shows promise for affordable plastic solar energy cells

Published: Dec 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers report they have achieved a new record in efficiency with a prototype solar cell that could be manufactured using a roll-to-roll process.

UF researchers develop first method to accurately measure zinc in humans

UF researchers develop first method to accurately measure zinc in humans

Published: Dec 15th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Zinc is an essential nutrient, but until now, there has not been an effective way to measure it in our bodies, say University of Florida researchers.

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

UF researchers document caterpillars that mimic one another for survival

Published: Dec 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the world of insects, high risk of attack has led to the development of camouflage as a means for survival, especially in the larval stage. One caterpillar may look like a stick, while another disguises itself as bird droppings. Though crypsis may have its advantages, University of Florida researchers uncovered some of the most extensive evidence of caterpillars using another strategy previously best-known in adult butterflies: mimicry.

Study aims to prevent underage drinking in American Indian communities

Study aims to prevent underage drinking in American Indian communities

Published: Dec 12th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute for Child Health Policy in partnership with Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Services has received a $4.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to prevent underage drinking.

Satellite imagery helps researchers track, potentially control, disease

Satellite imagery helps researchers track, potentially control, disease

Published: Dec 8th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Using satellite images to measure nighttime light levels streaming from West African cities could prove to be an important new tool in fighting the spread of measles, according to a new study.

UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in horses and humans

UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in horses and humans

Published: Dec 7th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new “gene chip” developed at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on brain response in horses infected with West Nile virus and could lead to better ways to diagnose and treat both equines and humans, researchers said.

High blood pressure may point to hidden health problems for kids in the ER

High blood pressure may point to hidden health problems for kids in the ER

Published: Dec 1st, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — More than half of children admitted to an urban Florida pediatric emergency department had elevated blood pressure, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care.