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UF engineer’s circuit to help enable miniature medical implants

UF engineer’s circuit to help enable miniature medical implants

Published: Dec 18th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida engineering researcher is helping to pave the way for tiny implanted medical devices that could one day administer medicine to ill patients, help disabled people use artificial limbs or perform other therapeutic tasks within the body.

Too much fructose could leave dieters sugar shocked

Published: Dec 12th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Here’s one tip for how to eat at the holidays: Don’t take your cues from Santa. The sugary cookies and fat-laden fruitcakes the mythical North Pole resident eats are a no-no. But you don’t have to go no-carb to stay fit at the holidays, either, University of Florida researchers say.

Brain stem cells sensitive to space radiation

Published: Dec 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Measures to protect astronauts from health risks caused by space radiation will be important during extended missions to the moon or Mars, say researchers in a paper currently online in Experimental Neurology.

Breast MRI spots other cancers, may alter treatment plan

Published: Dec 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In about 20 percent of women with breast cancer who plan to undergo a lumpectomy, breast magnetic resonance imaging reveals important diagnostic information that alters their treatment plan, University of Florida surgeons reported today (Dec. 5).

UF study examines heart risks of stimulants in children with ADHD

Published: Dec 3rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stimulant medications used to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be responsible for an increased number of visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office because of cardiac symptoms, but deaths or serious heart complications are rare, a new University of Florida study reveals.

“Superbug” infections more than doubled in hospitals, study finds

Published: Nov 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hospitalizations related to a potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant “superbug” more than doubled between 1999 and 2005, soaring from 127,000 to nearly 280,000, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher.

Club drugs inflict damage similar to traumatic brain injury

Published: Nov 29th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What do suffering a traumatic brain injury and using club drugs have in common? University of Florida researchers say both may trigger a similar chemical chain reaction in the brain, leading to cell death, memory loss and potentially irreversible brain damage.

Gene therapy safety trial for childhood blindness under way

Published: Nov 19th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Three decades have passed since gene therapy pioneer William W. Hauswirth and his colleagues at the University of Florida began work on a virus that could safely deliver corrective genes into living animals.

Simple reason helps males evolve more quickly

Published: Nov 14th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The observation that males evolve more quickly than females has been around since 19th century biologist Charles Darwin noted the majesty of a peacock’s tail feather in comparison with the plainness of the peahen’s.

Sex education in Florida schools varies widely, not available to all students

Published: Nov 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study reveals sex education programs in Florida’s public schools vary widely in content and often are afforded little class time — and many students miss out altogether.