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Genetic testing still smart choice, despite uncertainties

Published: Dec 19th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Screening embryos for genetic diseases during in vitro fertilization offers couples the best chance for a healthy child, but a genetic glitch could potentially cause doctors to misdiagnose a small fraction of them, University of Florida researchers say.

UF Alzheimer’s Web site provides information, support for caregivers

Published: Dec 16th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Providing full-time care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful for caregivers and patients alike, but an online project through the University of Florida’s Telehealth program helps caregivers overcome some of those challenges.

Study: Unrealistic HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns largely ineffective

Published: Dec 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fear of HIV infection is not enough to get everyone to practice safe sex, according to a University of Florida research team’s comprehensive study of AIDS prevention strategies.

Cells can live without molecules once considered essential

Published: Dec 13th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Leave it to the bacteria that cause tooth decay to be able to live without something all cells were thought to require.

Scientists find sugar may have a sour side

Published: Dec 6th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Suddenly sugar isn’t looking so sweet.

MicroRNA may have fail-safe role in limb development

Published: Dec 1st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny strand of molecules plays a role in how our arms and legs develop and grow — a finding that sheds light on perplexing bits of material once dismissed as genetic “junk,” say scientists at the University of Florida and Harvard University.

Tiny cellular structure plays big role in mammalian gene regulation

Published: Nov 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered a new ingredient in our cellular soup, tiny structures that may lay the groundwork for how new cells form and then function.

Scientists closer to new cancer detection method

Published: Nov 29th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers say they are a step closer to a technique to easily detect a wide variety of cancers before symptoms become apparent.

UF scientists say stem cells may trigger bone cancer

Published: Nov 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stem cells may cause some forms of bone cancer, University of Florida scientists report.

Multiple-birth babies, boys have higher risk of defects

Multiple-birth babies, boys have higher risk of defects

Published: Nov 21st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Twins, triplets and other multiples have a nearly 50 percent greater chance of being born with birth defects, and boys tend to be more at risk than girls, according to two population-based studies conducted at the University of Florida.