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Book co-authored by UF professor explores issues, stereotypes of older workers

Published: Sep 7th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older workers learn more quickly and have more drive than some employers might believe, a new book co-authored by a University of Florida business professor finds.

UF Institute on Aging wins major grant for research to help older adults stay healthy

UF Institute on Aging wins major grant for research to help older adults stay healthy

Published: Jun 6th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute on Aging has been awarded a major grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging that is expected to total $5.2 million over five years. The award, in renewed support of the UF Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, will fund studies to better understand the biological and behavioral processes that lead to physical disability in older adults, and to develop and test disability prevention and rehabilitation therapies.

New research dashes notions of benign brain plaque

Published: May 21st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The time may have come to scrub the idea that brain plaque — deposits of protein that clog passages between brain cells — might not be all that bad.

Traitor proteins that could attack the body widespread, UF researchers find

Traitor proteins that could attack the body widespread, UF researchers find

Published: Mar 1st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 32 million Americans harbor potentially toxic proteins that can attack body tissues and lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus and scleroderma, according to a new University of Florida study. This is the first accurate estimate of the frequency of the proteins, called autoantibodies, the researchers say. The findings appear online and in an upcoming print edition of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.

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.

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.

Parkinson treatment shows positive results in clinical testing

Parkinson treatment shows positive results in clinical testing

Published: Jan 11th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from the University of Florida and 14 additional medical centers reported results today in the online version of The Lancet Neurology journal indicating that deep brain stimulation — also known as DBS — is effective at improving motor symptoms and quality of life in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease.