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UF survey: Florida consumer confidence surges upward in January

Published: Jan 31st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians surged in January, up seven points to 77 from a revised December reading of 70, marking a steady rise in optimism, according to a University of Florida survey.

UF studies show promise for biological control methods against insects

UF studies show promise for biological control methods against insects

Published: Jan 31st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, scientists have tried to use environmentally friendly fungi to control fire ant infestations.

UF astronomers contribute to NASA’s planet discoveries

Published: Jan 26th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — NASA announced today the discovery of 11 new “solar systems” hosting at least 26 planets found with data from NASA’s Kepler Mission.

UF cardiologists, surgeons team up to offer life-extending procedure

UF cardiologists, surgeons team up to offer life-extending procedure

Published: Jan 26th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For patients who have severe narrowing of the aortic valve, a condition known as aortic stenosis, standard treatment is surgical replacement of the damaged valve. But advanced age or medical problems such as lung disease prevent many of those patients from having open chest surgery. In the past, the best such patients could hope for was to control their symptoms with medications.

Citrus greening costs $3.63 billion in lost revenues and 6,611 jobs, new UF study shows

Published: Jan 24th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Since 2006, the bacterial disease citrus greening has cost Florida’s economy an estimated $3.63 billion in lost revenues and 6,611 jobs by reducing orange juice production, according to a new study from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

UF researchers develop gene therapy that could correct a common form of blindness

UF researchers develop gene therapy that could correct a common form of blindness

Published: Jan 23rd, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new gene therapy method developed by University of Florida researchers has the potential to treat a common form of blindness that strikes both youngsters and adults. The technique works by replacing a malfunctioning gene in the eye with a normal working copy that supplies a protein necessary for light-sensitive cells in the eye to function. The findings are published today (Monday, Jan. 23) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online.

UF study: ‘Rules’ may govern genome evolution in young plant species

Published: Jan 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study shows a hybrid plant species may experience rapid genome evolution in predictable patterns, meaning evolution repeats itself in populations of independent origin.

New drug could help reduce heart attack risk for cardiac patients awaiting surgery

New drug could help reduce heart attack risk for cardiac patients awaiting surgery

Published: Jan 19th, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Heart patients who have stents that prop open blocked arteries often face a dilemma when they need open heart surgery: Continue taking life-saving blood thinners but risk severe bleeding during surgery, or stop taking the medicines and risk a heart attack.

UF researchers discover ‘green’ pesticide effective against citrus pests

UF researchers discover ‘green’ pesticide effective against citrus pests

Published: Jan 17th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered a key amino acid essential for human nutrition is also an effective insecticide against caterpillars that threaten the citrus industry.

NASA‘s Kepler mission and UF astronomer find two new planets orbiting double suns

Published: Jan 11th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using data from NASA’s Kepler mission, a team that includes a University of Florida astronomer has discovered two new planets orbiting double star systems, something that had never been seen until last September.