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Genetic links could unlock clues to leading cause of blindness

Published: Jul 25th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults, yet researchers are still in the dark about many of the factors that cause this incurable disease.

Micro-molecule plays big role in birth defects

Published: Jul 19th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have learned how to selectively shut down a flyweight-sized genetic molecule that packs a heavyweight punch, a discovery that may help doctors better understand cancer, birth defects and other health problems.

For advance directives, a picture’s worth a thousand words

Published: Jul 18th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ray Moseley sees the trouble with advance health-care directives every time he speaks to a group of senior citizens: Several in the crowd always know someone who had a living will but whose end-of-life decisions were not honored anyway.

UF study finds cell mutations that lead to apoptosis may contribute to aging in mammals

Published: Jul 14th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study has found that mutations in the mitochondria caused by obesity and lack of exercise — not oxidative stress from free radicals — may be a key factor in the aging process.

UF study: Child raising toughest on young grandmothers

Published: Jul 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Age may work in reverse when it comes to raising grandchildren, suggests a University of Florida study that finds younger grandmothers in this role are depressed more often than their older counterparts.

UF researchers test drug that could cut orthodontic treatment time in half

Published: Jul 5th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the first study of its kind, University of Florida researchers are testing the power of a natural human hormone to biochemically move teeth faster and less painfully during orthodontic treatment.