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Scaling back kids’ holiday gift expectations a sensitive subject, UF experts say

Published: Dec 16th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To say this year’s economy has been less than robust would be an understatement.

Program puts kids in driver seat with traffic and bike safety education

Published: Oct 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Driver’s Ed” for kids could be another name for a statewide program administered by the University of Florida that is designed to reduce the number and severity of injuries and deaths to children from bicycle and traffic crashes.

Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child’s OCD

Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child’s OCD

Published: Jun 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — For most parents, soothing a child’s anxiety is just part of the job. But for a parent whose child has obsessive-compulsive disorder, soothing anxiety and helping with behaviors linked to the disease could lead to more severe symptoms, University of Florida researchers say.

The best protectors from bullies? Girls

Published: Apr 22nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Playground bullies may meet their match from where they least expect — in the ranks of kids who are anti-bullies — and most of them are girls, a new University of Florida study finds.

Boys more prone to trouble after family upheavals, UF study finds

Published: Apr 8th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Family disruptions such as divorce or children being forced to live elsewhere are tougher on boys than girls, according to a newly published University of Florida study, which finds that rates of male juvenile delinquency and drug use rise when the household composition changes.

Florida program could help expand hospice care for kids nationwide

Florida program could help expand hospice care for kids nationwide

Published: Mar 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Less than 11 percent of children with life-threatening illnesses receive hospice care in the last year of life, in part because insurance requirements make it difficult for […]