Published: Sep 25th, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Thoughts of massage might conjure up images of an indulgence enjoyed by those fortunate enough to frequent a spa or by the athletic elite. But a little scientific scrutiny is showing it not only kneads away stress and soothes sore muscles — it can ease pain, tension and fatigue for those suffering from several medical conditions, including cancer and low-back problems.
Published: Sep 22nd, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When an asthma attack strikes, leaving a child breathless and wheezing, many parents have to scramble to plug in the device that supplies medication to ease the respiratory disease’s symptoms.
Published: Sep 21st, 2000
TAMPA, Fla. — Freshwater mussels in at least one west Central Florida lake — and perhaps several others — may contain elevated amounts of radioactive radium, apparently the result of maintaining the lake’s levels with water from the Floridan Aquifer, according to a University of Florida lake specialist and a state water official.
Published: Sep 19th, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many calcium supplements contain small but detectable levels of lead, needlessly boosting consumers’ exposure to the toxic heavy metal, according to a University of Florida study published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
Published: Sep 18th, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To learn how genes control development of corn and other cereal grains — the source of about 90 percent of the world’s food supply — University of Florida researchers have initiated a five-year study with the aid of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Published: Sep 15th, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When doctors prescribe a drug, they indicate what strength should be taken and how often. But when it comes to using DNA to try to treat diseases, scientists have yet to standardize the way they measure a dose of gene therapy medicine.
Published: Sep 14th, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida have uncovered several links between beef consumption and factors such as education level, age and family size.
Published: Sep 1st, 2000
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A UF study of culturally sensitive health care from the patient’s viewpoint has uncovered some different perspectives that can be used to help doctors be more sensitive and ultimately provide better care.