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How many genes does it take to learn? Lessons from sea slugs

Published: Dec 28th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists analyzing the genomics of a marine snail have gotten an unprecedented look at brain mechanisms, discovering that the neural processes in even a simple sea creature are far from sluggish.

Mental exercise has long-term benefits for seniors

Published: Dec 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as physical exercise is good for the body, mental training can keep older minds functioning better, with results lasting for years.

History-hunting geneticists can still follow familiar trail

Published: Dec 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the world’s first explorers branched away from humanity’s birthplace in east Africa some 65,000 years ago, distinct mutations accumulated in the DNA of each population, essentially providing a genetic trail for modern researchers to follow.

UF study reveals fear of discrimination keeps many people with epilepsy out of the workplace

Published: Dec 12th, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The unemployment rate among people with epilepsy is considerably higher than the national average — not necessarily because they have frequent seizures or can’t find jobs but because many continue to fear workplace discrimination, a new University of Florida study reveals.

UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

UF researchers find new chink in a ‘superbug’s’ armor

Published: Dec 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infections from drug-resistant forms of Staphylococcus bacteria are skyrocketing and have even recently made headlines by debilitating some of the NFL’s toughest players. Tools to fight these bugs are few, but now University of Florida researchers have used cutting-edge genetic analysis to find a new weak spot in this “superbug’s” armor.

Rockin’ around the Wii: Video games fun but pose social, health risks

Published: Dec 7th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Tickle Me Elmo. The recently released Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 video game systems are rivaling the giggling red monster as the gifts children beg their parents for most this holiday season.

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

Published: Dec 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The German cockroach — one of the most common and hated household pests — is winning the war against some of the newest insecticides and baits, according […]

Allergy-free protein shows hope for a risk-free peanut

Allergy-free protein shows hope for a risk-free peanut

Published: Dec 4th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For nearly 3 million Americans, the most dangerous aspect to air travel is the complimentary in-flight snack. Every year, about 150 people are killed by a common ingredient of a first-grader’s brown bag lunch.

Staffers benefit from single-room design for baby care, study finds

Published: Nov 29th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Neonatal intensive care units designed with single-family rooms not only increase patient privacy but also boost staff satisfaction and reduce stress, according to a University of Florida study.

Gene therapy shows promise against hereditary lung disease

Published: Nov 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An experimental gene therapy to combat alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a common hereditary disorder that causes lung and liver disease, has caused no harmful effects in patients and shows signs of being effective, University of Florida researchers say.