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Researchers explore medicine in the final frontier

Published: Oct 31st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On Mars, Earth probably looks like a pinprick in the sky, a bluish-green ball some 140 million miles away. But before astronauts can glimpse the view from the red planet, doctors must better understand how to handle medical problems and surgeries in space, University of Florida researchers say.

UF study reveals many people with epilepsy risk driving to get to work

Published: Oct 24th, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even though they are at high risk for car accidents, many people with epilepsy whose seizures are poorly controlled continue to drive, according to a new University of Florida study.

New data hint at oncoming cocaine epidemic

Published: Oct 17th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Like some drug déjà vu, cocaine use is once again on the rise among students and the rich and famous, a trend University of Florida researchers say likely signals a recurring epidemic of abuse.

Whooping cough rates higher in states where vaccination exemptions easily obtained

Published: Oct 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whooping cough is re-emerging nationwide and youngsters in states that permit parents to easily opt out of vaccinating their children are at increased risk from the disease, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida report today (Oct. 11) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

UF experts: Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free

Published: Oct 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Coffee addicts who switch to decaf for health reasons may not be as free from caffeine’s clutches as they think. A new study by University of Florida researchers documents that almost all decaffeinated coffee contains some measure of caffeine.

Tiny Tampa Bay fish key to evolution of immune system

Published: Oct 3rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Armed at first with nothing more than boots, a screen and a bucket, scientists studying a tiny primitive fish that makes up 70 percent of the biomass in Tampa Bay now say they have found the “missing link” marking the point in evolution that led to the development of the modern-day human immune system.

One-of-a-kind imaging probe reveals secrets useful for drug discovery

Published: Oct 2nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Good things may indeed come in small packages for scientists eager to find natural substances to help cure diseases. The challenge is to analyze material that is smaller than the proverbial gnat’s eyelash.