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Experts hope policy breathes life into asthma treatment method

Published: May 31st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Battling a child’s asthma attack could be as simple as sliding a plastic tube onto the end of an inhaler, but many health-care providers don’t offer this option to parents, say University of Florida researchers, who are calling for change.

Drug therapy eases symptoms in many Crohn’s disease Patients

Published: May 26th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nearly half the patients with an often debilitating form of inflammatory bowel disease saw their symptoms disappear within six weeks of starting a medication usually reserved for cancer patients, researchers report in today’s (May 26) issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors miss depression diagnosis in many heart patients

Published: May 23rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to heart disease, many patients are singing the blues — yet too few doctors recognize it, University of Florida researchers warn.

Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from cough remedy, UF study finds

Published: May 19th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter medication that silences coughs, may help fibromyalgia patients quiet over-reacting nerves that amplify ordinary touches into agony.

New brain monitoring method would pinpoint babies at risk for seizures

Published: May 17th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Confusion and speech problems are frequent signs of seizures, but babies offer few such clues as to what ails them.

Curious about your vital signs? One day soon, check your laptop

Published: May 16th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The cameras and MP3 players are fun, but the next wave of add-ons for cell phones and laptops may help users keep track of their health.

Rat studies show what mom eats may predispose offspring to diabetes, obesity

Published: May 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You are what your mom ate.

UF study finds some people with oral pain wait too long before seeking help

Published: May 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rural residents are nearly twice as likely as their urban counterparts to postpone timely trips to the dentist, seeking help only after they develop a problem and oral pain is severe, University of Florida researchers report.

UF Study: Men With HIV Combat Stigma, Stress With Mom’s Love

Published: May 5th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite fears of shame and stigma, most HIV-positive men choose to confide their health status to their mothers, according to a new University of Florida study. When deciding whether to tell, the men’s need for their mothers’ emotional and socioeconomic support outweighed those fears, researchers found.

Exercise In Cold Water May Increase Appetite, UF Study Finds

Published: May 4th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Exercise in cold water instead of warm water may increase people’s appetites, making it harder for them to lose extra pounds, a University of Florida study finds.