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Prescription Pain Patch Abuse Blamed For Increase In Deaths

Published: Jun 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drug abusers are increasingly turning to a slow-release form of a powerful painkiller for a quick and dangerous high, University of Florida researchers warn. The trend is raising alarm as the number of people dying from an overdose of the drug fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, rises.

Manatee Eyes Could Be Window To Health Status

Published: Jun 21st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For Florida manatees, the eyes may have it, say University of Florida researchers studying whether the mammals’ unusually thick tear film helps protect against disease and could be used to gauge the endangered sea cows’ ability to fight stress from cold water temperatures.

Endurance Exercise May Protect Against Injury In Heart Attacks

Published: Jun 16th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Endurance exercises such as running and cycling may protect older people from cardiac injury during a heart attack, according to a new University of Florida study.

Deadly Aortic Disease Difficult For Doctors To Detect

Published: Jun 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Aortic disease kills nearly 15,000 people in the United States each year, but the rarity and complexity of this deadly disorder make accurately diagnosing it difficult for doctors in the health-care trenches, University of Florida researchers have found.

Heart Rate Changes Tied To Depression In Women

Published: Jun 13th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Middle-aged women with no obvious signs of cardiac trouble may be prone to depression and the eventual development of heart disease if their heart rate varies less than expected in response to fluctuations in the body’s hormone levels, according to findings from a substudy of the Women’s Health Initiative published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers Create Way To Generate Brain Cells In Lab

Published: Jun 13th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Regenerative medicine scientists at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute have created a system in rodent models that for the first time duplicates neurogenesis — the process of generating new brain cells — in a dish.

Quickly Matching The Drug With The Bug Saves Lives

Published: Jun 9th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are resurrecting an old technology to more quickly and accurately identify potentially deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients.

Hog Wild In Florida! UF Experts Say Feral Pig Problem Here To Stay

Hog Wild In Florida! UF Experts Say Feral Pig Problem Here To Stay

Published: Jun 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s population boom now includes some 500,000 wild hogs whose piggish habits are causing problems for farmers, residents and health officials as well as native flora and fauna.