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Solving sleep problems helps epileptic children

Published: Mar 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sleeping woes may explain why children with epilepsy are often so hyperactive, say researchers with the University of Florida’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.

It’s all in the mix: right blend of microbes and plants can clean up toxic spills

Published: Mar 23rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Superfund sites are infamous for their hazardous, stubborn chemical wastes, but one cleanup solution may be to put the right mix of plants and microbes together in the soil, according to a new University of Florida study.

Live oral bacteria found in arterial plaque

Published: Mar 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gum disease has been linked to hardening of the arteries for nearly a decade, and scientists have long fingered a gang of oral bacteria as the obvious suspects behind many cases of the vessel-clogging killer.

Manatee bone studies may influence public policy debate on boat speeds

Published: Mar 17th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the manatees who call Florida’s coastal tributaries home, speeding boaters are like charging bulls in an underwater china shop.

Cure no quick fix for cancer survivors on long road to recovery

Published: Mar 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patients who hear the dreaded words “you have cancer” invariably look forward to the day the doctor tells them “you’re cured.” But University of Florida researchers say survival often comes at its own price — the mind may need mending even after the body heals.

New study gets at heart of stroke risk

Published: Mar 8th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tossing out tobacco, noshing nutritious foods and exercising are heart healthy habits key to slashing stroke and heart attack risk. But some patients also must take medicines when these efforts aren’t enough to rein in high blood pressure, long linked to the debilitating, often deadly condition.

Doctors closer to using gene analysis to help trauma patients

Published: Mar 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A genetic tool with the potential to identify which trauma and burn patients are most likely to become seriously ill has worked consistently in a wide range of experimental clinical settings — an important hurdle to overcome before the method is routinely used in emergency rooms and intensive care units.

New drugs for bad bugs: UF approach could bolster antibiotic arsenal

Published: Mar 4th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Call it a chemical crystal ball. A new approach to predict whether a drug in development is likely to work and which dose is best could get antibiotics to market faster and more cheaply, say University of Florida researchers.

Police alcohol checks put sales to teens on ice

Published: Mar 3rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Carloads of young people are dusting off the flip-flops, icing down the beer and heading to warmer climes this month for the annual ritual of alcohol-fueled partying known as Spring Break. The participants include many college and high school students under the drinking age who all too often are able to purchase alcoholic beverages illegally.

UF’s virtual reality “patient” teaches bedside manners to medical students

Published: Mar 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — ”Tell me where it hurts” is the classic opening to many a doctor’s examination, and University of Florida researchers have given it a digital twist. The scientists have created a virtual reality “patient” that can help medical students master the subtle art of the patient-doctor interview.