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“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.