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UF study: elderly admit hearing loss but not necessarily its effects

Published: Dec 17th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The elderly aren’t as stubborn as stereotyped in their unwillingness to admit hearing loss, although they may still deny the strain it creates for themselves and others, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF researcher: more intensive search patterns may prevent deaths of lost Alzheimer’s patients

Published: Dec 10th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who are found dead after becoming lost in the community stray no farther than a mile from their home or living facility, yet it may take days or weeks to locate them, according to a new University of Florida study.

UF studies find cause of muscle damage in those with poor circulation

Published: Nov 6th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered the cause of severe muscle damage that occurs when people with poor circulation work up a good sweat: free radicals. Now they hope to use the information to unlock the secrets of how to shut down those pesky body wastes.

UF study: hospital mergers not necessarily more costly for patients

Published: Oct 9th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Big corporate mergers can be the healthy choice for patients’ wallets, according to a new University of Florida study, which found that hospital consolidations often lead to lower prices.

New guidelines published to help doctors identify and treat potentially deadly genetic disorder

Published: Oct 2nd, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first-ever comprehensive guidelines to help physicians accurately diagnose and treat an inherited protein deficiency associated with deadly lung disease were released today.

New research uncovers how the voice gives away a person’s age

Published: Oct 1st, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Everyone knows wrinkles and gray hair are visible signs of age. But indicators of age in a person’s voice are harder to pin down: For every seeming giveaway such as low volume, it’s easy to think of an exception.

UF researchers urge people to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases

Published: Jul 18th, 2003

VERO BEACH, Fla. — As Florida hits its peak period for mosquito-borne diseases, the state is seeing an increased number of infected sentinel chickens and horses, and University of Florida medical entomologists are warning Floridians to take precautions.

UF researchers find no link between cell phone use and rare facial tumors

Published: Jul 16th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It won’t end the debate about cellular phone safety, but University of Florida researchers have found no connection between cell phone use and the development of rare, noncancerous facial nerve tumors.

U.S. medical schools need to place more emphasis on education, says UF expert

Published: Jul 16th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most people believe a medical school’s primary function is to train future doctors, but in recent decades the focus at many U.S. academic medical centers has shifted away from education to generating income, leaving faculty with less time to teach, cautions a University of Florida College of Medicine administrator and education expert.

UF nutrigenomics research shows how nutrients affect genes

Published: May 19th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While diet has long been recognized as a key factor affecting chronic diseases, new University of Florida research demonstrates how one nutrient can influence the health of genes at the molecular level.