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Cutting calories could limit muscle wasting in later years

Published: Sep 16th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chemical concoctions can smooth over wrinkles and hide those pesky grays, but what about the signs of aging that aren’t so easy to fix, such as losing muscle mass? Cutting calories early could help, say University of Florida researchers who studied the phenomenon in rats.

Improved estrogen reception may sharpen fuzzy memory

Published: Jul 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Estrogen treatments may sharpen mental performance in women with certain medical conditions, but University of Florida researchers suggest that recharging a naturally occurring estrogen receptor in the brain may also clear cognitive cobwebs.

MyPyramid for Older Adults poster helps increase nutrition knowledge

Published: Jul 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eating well as you age can be tricky. You generally need fewer calories, but the foods you do eat must pack a nutritious punch.

Long-term care fraught with uncertainties for elderly baby boomers

Published: Jul 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The continued decline of the nursing home – once the mainstay care for the frail elderly – and an upsurge in popularity of assisted living will lead to many dramatic changes in long-term care, according to a University of Florida expert and editor of a new book on the subject.

New standards needed for elderly, disabled to remain in homes

Published: Jun 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Build it and they will stay” would be wise policy with today’s growing number of elderly and disabled people who want to remain in their own homes, a new University of Florida study finds.

Visiting the South’s ‘stroke buckle’ increases risk of stroke death

Published: Jun 5th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It might not only be the state of your health but also the state you visit that increases the chances of dying from a stroke, a new University of Florida study finds.

Substance in red wine found to keep hearts young

Substance in red wine found to keep hearts young

Published: Jun 4th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How do the French get away with a clean bill of heart health despite a diet loaded with saturated fats? Scientists have long suspected that the answer to the so-called “French paradox” lies in red wine. Now, the results of a new study bring them closer to understanding why.

Mental stress reduces blood flow to the heart in patients with gene variation

Published: Apr 15th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have identified a gene variation in heart disease patients who appear especially vulnerable to the physical effects of mental stress — to the point where blood flow to the heart is greatly reduced.

AAA and UF recommend vehicle features for senior drivers

Published: Mar 21st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thicker steering wheels, wide-angle mirrors, larger dashboard controls and six-way adjustable seats are features seniors should consider when choosing a vehicle.

Out-of-whack protein may boost Parkinson’s

Published: Feb 26th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A single change in a protein may play a role in whether someone develops Parkinson’s disease, say University of Florida Genetics Institute researchers writing in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.