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Polar bears hold key to understanding health risk of environmental pollutants

Published: Sep 29th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Polar bears and people, at the chilly top of the Arctic’s food chain, risk consuming a smorgasbord of industrial pollutants that have seeped into their habitat and pose potential health hazards.

Researchers kill resistant bugs one bandage at a time

Published: Sep 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have led the development of a new type of wound dressing that could keep dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria from spreading in hospitals, a problem that leads to thousands of deaths in the United States each year.

Researcher: Toxic flood lifts lid on common urban pollution problem

Published: Sep 19th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Broken sewers, flooded industrial plants and dead bodies are all likely to blame for poisoning the waters being drained from New Orleans. But the water – and […]

Scavenger cells could be key to treating HIV-related dementia

Published: Sep 14th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bacteria-eating cells that generally fight infection may cause dementia in HIV patients, University of Florida and University of California at San Francisco researchers have found.

UF scientist finds unexpected link between cat and human AIDS viruses

Published: Sep 8th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has discovered an unexpected link between the viruses that cause feline and human AIDS: Cats vaccinated with an experimental strain of the human AIDS virus appear to be at least as well-protected against the feline version of the disease as those immunized with the vaccine currently used by veterinarians.

UF study: people who adore themselves get little admiration on the job

Published: Sep 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People who have a high opinion of themselves are unlikely to have that view shared by their co-workers, a new University of Florida study on narcissism in the workplace finds.

Anthrax stops body from fighting back, study shows

Anthrax stops body from fighting back, study shows

Published: Sep 6th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have uncovered how the inhaled form of anthrax disarms bacteria-fighting white blood cells before they can fend off the disease, which kills most victims within days.

UF doctors cast net to help muscular dystrophy patients

Published: Sep 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patients and families affected by muscular dystrophy urgently need to take practical steps to help slow the destructive course of the disease, say University of Florida researchers who today (Sept. 2, 2005) have launched a Web-based effort to collect information from people coping with the illness.

UF immunologist seeks patent for vaccine against melanoma skin cancer

UF immunologist seeks patent for vaccine against melanoma skin cancer

Published: Sep 1st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A vaccine against melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – provides almost complete protection in mice and could lead to a similar treatment for people, according to a University of Florida immunologist who has developed a novel treatment for the cancer.