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Gene at heart of bad outcomes in high blood pressure patients

Published: Nov 17th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Having high blood pressure and a particular genetic alteration dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, and may explain why some hypertensive patients fare worse than others — even if they take the same medication, University of Florida researchers announced this week.

Scientists use mice to mimic Alzheimer’s therapy

Published: Nov 15th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida and the California Institute of Technology have developed a new strain of genetically modified mice that allow scientists to examine the potential usefulness of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk this way: UF research provides insight into heart healthy exercise regimen

Published: Nov 14th, 2005

Thirty minutes of brisk walking a day is a step in the right direction toward improved heart health, according to a University of Florida study published in today’s (Nov. 14) Archives of Internal Medicine.

Light exercise a tonic to keep the brain young

Published: Nov 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People don’t have to run marathons to keep their brain cells in shape — regular, light activity may do the trick.

UF scientists seek to close cell doors to HIV invasion

Published: Nov 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have identified a biochemical code that a form of HIV uses to access immune system cells and turn them into virus-making factories.

Blocking enzyme helps fat-burning hormone fight obesity

Published: Oct 25th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blocking an enzyme that prevents a fat-burning hormone from doing its job in people who are overweight could lead to a new way to treat obesity, University of Florida researchers have found.

CT scan can spare some head and neck cancer patients surgery

Published: Oct 18th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some patients with head and neck cancer can be safely spared the risk and expense of surgery by undergoing a CT scan to predict whether the disease is in check after radiation therapy, according to study findings University of Florida doctors released today (Oct. 18) at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Biomarker test may give early warning of brain woes

Published: Oct 13th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A way to detect fragments of broken brain cells that leak into the bloodstream may help doctors more quickly and precisely treat people with severe head injuries or brain diseases, say researchers at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute.

UF study: Women in mid-life want doctors to discuss risks of sex

Published: Oct 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sex for newly single women can be a wonderful experience, but it puts them at risk for disease if doctors think they are too old for intimate relationships, a new University of Florida study finds.

Middle school girls catching up to boys in delinquency

Published: Oct 5th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The gender gap for bad behavior in middle school is narrowing, with girls displaying more delinquency and aggression than their male classmates, a new University of Florida study finds.