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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.

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.

Study shows link between morbid obesity, low IQ in toddlers

Published: Aug 30th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered a link between morbid obesity in toddlers and lower IQ scores, cognitive delays and brain lesions similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s disease patients, a new study shows.

UF study shows how cigarette smoke blocks cell repair

Published: Aug 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cigarette smoke can turn normal breast cells cancerous by blocking their ability to repair themselves, eventually triggering tumor development, University of Florida scientists report.

Kids with OCD bullied more than others, study shows

Published: Aug 14th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder are three times more likely to be bullied than other children, and the name-slinging could cause symptoms of OCD to worsen, University of Florida researchers have found.

Back to school means getting back to sleep

Published: Aug 7th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Determining the derivative of y times 23 to the 15th power is tough enough. Figuring it out on just a few hours of sleep could be almost impossible.