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Diabetes complications rooted in faulty cell repair

Published: Jan 24th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers say primitive cells that act like molecular maintenance men — traveling throughout the body to repair damaged blood vessels — become too rigid to move in patients with diabetes, fueling the disease’s vascular complications. But they have found a way to restore the cells’ flexibility, at least in the laboratory, according to findings published in the January issue of the journal Diabetes.

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

Published: Jan 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The MRI and CT scan may one day have a robotic cousin capable of following and peering into patients as they move around.

Growth hormone, obesity can trigger sleep apnea in some kids

Growth hormone, obesity can trigger sleep apnea in some kids

Published: Jan 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growth hormone helps hundreds of children with a rare disorder that causes them to gorge on food, but for some, starting treatment can worsen a dangerous nighttime breathing problem, University of Florida researchers have found.

UF biomedical engineering department receives $10 million transformational gift

UF biomedical engineering department receives $10 million transformational gift

Published: Jan 17th, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A name often associated with a device that has revolutionized stroke-prevention therapy will soon also be associated with the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows

Published: Jan 12th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Brazilian berry popular in health food contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.

Brief consultation may influence adolescent exercise, alcohol use and cigarette smoking habits

Published: Jan 4th, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A brief one-on-one consultation may increase exercise and decrease alcohol and cigarette use among adolescents for up to three months after the intervention with some positive effects still seen one year later, according to a new University of Florida study.

Black baby girls more likely to live when born very premature

Published: Jan 3rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Black baby girls born weighing 2.2 pounds or less are more than twice as likely to survive as white baby boys born at the same weight, when many preemies are still too tiny to make it on their own, University of Florida researchers have found.