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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.

With exercise, elders can improve weakened physical abilities

Published: Nov 17th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a prescription of regular structured exercise, sedentary elderly are able to safely improve their physical function and may reduce the likelihood they will experience difficulty walking a quarter mile, according to findings from a multicenter pilot study led by the University of Florida Institute on Aging.

Horse owners can still vaccinate animals against West Nile virus

Published: Nov 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida, horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state officials warn.

Women with chest pain risk serious complications even in absence of blockages

Published: Nov 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women who have chest pain but no evidence of clogged arteries on conventional imaging tests are nonetheless four times more likely to eventually be hospitalized for heart failure, suffer a heart attack or stroke, or die than women without heart disease symptoms, University of Florida researchers report.

Drug exposure before birth could affect kids’ decision-making skills

Published: Nov 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The part of the brain responsible for making most decisions about how to behave seems to develop less quickly in children exposed to cocaine before they were born, University of Florida researchers have found.