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UF Alzheimer’s Web site provides information, support for caregivers

Published: Dec 16th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Providing full-time care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful for caregivers and patients alike, but an online project through the University of Florida’s Telehealth program helps caregivers overcome some of those challenges.

Gene at heart of bad outcomes in high blood pressure patients

Published: Nov 17th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Having high blood pressure and a particular genetic alteration dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, and may explain why some hypertensive patients fare worse than others — even if they take the same medication, University of Florida researchers announced this week.

Scientists use mice to mimic Alzheimer’s therapy

Published: Nov 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida and the California Institute of Technology have developed a new strain of genetically modified mice that allow scientists to examine the potential usefulness of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

Light exercise a tonic to keep the brain young

Published: Nov 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People don’t have to run marathons to keep their brain cells in shape — regular, light activity may do the trick.

UF study: Women in mid-life want doctors to discuss risks of sex

Published: Oct 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sex for newly single women can be a wonderful experience, but it puts them at risk for disease if doctors think they are too old for intimate relationships, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF immunologist seeks patent for vaccine against melanoma skin cancer

UF immunologist seeks patent for vaccine against melanoma skin cancer

Published: Sep 1st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A vaccine against melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – provides almost complete protection in mice and could lead to a similar treatment for people, according to a University of Florida immunologist who has developed a novel treatment for the cancer.

Exercise aside, genes may ultimately dictate seniors’ mobility

Published: Aug 10th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genes can keep elderly people from benefiting equally from exercise, no matter how much effort they expend, according to research findings published in today’s (Aug. 10) Journal of the American Medical Association.

For advance directives, a picture’s worth a thousand words

Published: Jul 18th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ray Moseley sees the trouble with advance health-care directives every time he speaks to a group of senior citizens: Several in the crowd always know someone who had a living will but whose end-of-life decisions were not honored anyway.

UF study finds cell mutations that lead to apoptosis may contribute to aging in mammals

Published: Jul 14th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study has found that mutations in the mitochondria caused by obesity and lack of exercise — not oxidative stress from free radicals — may be a key factor in the aging process.

Endurance Exercise May Protect Against Injury In Heart Attacks

Published: Jun 16th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Endurance exercises such as running and cycling may protect older people from cardiac injury during a heart attack, according to a new University of Florida study.