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UF Pilot Study Shows Massage, Relaxation Reduce Sickle Cell Anemia Pain

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.

Attachment Helps Young Children Inhale Asthma Medications, UF Researcher Says

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.

Radioactive Mussels Discovered In Round Lake Near Tampa

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.

UF Researchers: Lead-contaminated Calcium Supplements Pose Small But Avoidable Risk

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.

UF Receives $5 Million NSF Grant For Genetic Research On Corn

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.

UF Launches Effort To Foster Sharing Of Gene Therapy Safety Data

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.

Who Eats Beef? Consumption Depends On Age, Education, UF Study Shows

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.

UF Study: Patients Want More Culturally Sensitive Health Care

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.