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Taking evolution’s temperature: Researchers pinpoint the energy it takes to make a species

Published: May 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Comfortable living is not why so many different life forms seem to converge at the warmer areas of the planet.

Hurricanes’ latent hazards tracked by poison centers

Published: May 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the start of this year’s hurricane season Thursday (June 1), Florida’s residents are preparing for the all-too-familiar havoc the storms can wreak. But hurricanes cause more than flooding, high winds and power outages – they also spawn public health hazards that often aren’t evident until days after winds die and storm waters recede.

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have delivered a gene through an eggshell to give sight to a type of chicken normally born blind.

How ancient whales lost their legs, got sleek and conquered the oceans

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When ancient whales finally parted company with the last remnants of their legs about 35 million years ago, a relatively sudden genetic event may have crowned an eons-long shrinking process.

Certain blood pressure-lowering drugs reduce diabetes risk in Hispanic patients

Published: May 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of drugs traditionally used to control blood pressure might not be ideal for Hispanic patients, University of Florida researchers warn.

Don’t ask, might not think to tell: Communication key to preventing risky drug interactions

Published: May 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older women who regularly mix prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications are risking their health, University of Florida nursing researchers warn. Many also don’t think to tell their health-care providers about the nonprescription medicines they are taking — and too often practitioners fail to ask.

UF study: Female and minority experts most effective in HIV prevention

Published: May 11th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to popular belief, experts are more effective than peers in successful HIV prevention campaigns, a University of Florida study found. However, the most effective resources are experts whose gender and ethnicity match the patients seeking guidance.

World’s tiniest test tubes get teensiest corks

World’s tiniest test tubes get teensiest corks

Published: May 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now all they need is a really, really small corkscrew.

Cutting calories slightly can reduce aging damage

Published: May 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla., — A lifelong habit of trimming just a few calories from the daily diet can do more than slim the waistline — a new study shows it may help lessen the effects of aging.

Elders’ ability to walk predicts future health outcomes

Published: May 5th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As people age into their 70s, their ability to walk a quarter mile becomes an important predictor of overall health and even how long they might live, according to study findings published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.