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Florida boy is state’s first to get new mechanical heart device designed for children

Published: Sep 29th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A gravely ill 9-year-old Florida boy awaiting a heart transplant is the first in the state to receive the Berlin Heart, a mechanical heart device sized specifically for children.

Boy undergoes rare surgery to correct life-threatening disease

Published: Sep 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 4-year-old Ocala boy born with a severe form of scoliosis became one of the first children in the Southeast to receive a titanium rib device that will allow his rib cage to expand as he grows, said University of Florida surgeons, who performed the two-and-a-half-hour operation today at Shands at UF medical center.

UF study shows leptin could combat type 2 diabetes

Published: Sep 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered the appetite-controlling hormone leptin could also combat type 2 diabetes, a disease that has become a growing problem in the United States as more Americans pack on extra pounds.

The sweet science: Viruses switch grip to gain upper hand

Published: Sep 13th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Carbohydrates can be attractive, especially when they come packaged in candy bars or never-ending bowls of pasta.

Vaccine combination leads to fevers, more ER visits for babies

Published: Sep 6th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infants receiving a new combination of vaccines were twice as likely to require medical attention for fevers after their shots as babies who received the prior shot regimen, University of Florida and Columbia University researchers have found.