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Group treatment may help children achieve healthier weights

Published: Dec 18th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Group-based treatment programs may effectively combat childhood obesity in rural communities, according to a new University of Florida study.

Cellular ‘brakes’ may slow memory process in aging brains

Published: Dec 10th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may have discovered why some brain cells necessary for healthy memory can survive old age or disease, while similar cells hardly a hairsbreadth away die.

Phone counseling works to reinforce weight loss, UF study finds

Published: Nov 24th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Telephone counseling may be just as successful as face-to-face counseling in helping people maintain weight loss, report University of Florida researchers. The UF study is the first […]

Scientists build ‘roach motel’ for nasty bugs of the bacterial variety

Published: Nov 24th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The vacancy sign is on, but the lowlifes who check in never check out.

Brief consultations may affect students’ health-risk behavior

Published: Nov 3rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — College students cut down on drinking alcohol, using marijuana and drunken driving after receiving a new form of health consultation that addresses multiple risk behaviors and focuses on positive self-image, a University of Florida study has found.

Alcohol ads increase in areas with more Hispanic children

Alcohol ads increase in areas with more Hispanic children

Published: Oct 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children are exposed to nearly seven times more alcohol advertising if they attend a school where at least one-fifth of the students are Hispanic, a new University of Florida and University of Texas study shows.

Fructose hampers hormone that controls appetite, UF study finds

Published: Oct 16th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Could all those years chewing candy and slurping sugary sodas come back to haunt you? Perhaps. A new University of Florida study in rats shows that a fructose-filled diet blocks the appetite-controlling hormone leptin from doing its job, setting the body up for future obesity.

Scientists close in on method to fight deadly childhood cancer

Published: Oct 15th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A multicenter team of researchers, including scientists from the University of Florida, has discovered a way to potentially block the growth of neuroblastoma, a type of cancer responsible for 15 percent of all cancer deaths in children.

Biomarker warns of kidney injury in heart surgery patients

Biomarker warns of kidney injury in heart surgery patients

Published: Oct 14th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Heart surgeons may soon be able to identify within an hour of surgery which patients are at high risk for kidney injury, University of Florida College of Medicine researchers said today (Tuesday, Oct. 14) at the 2008 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in San Francisco.

Girls who start puberty early are less able to cope with stress

Published: Oct 14th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Girls who enter puberty early may be less able to cope with being bullied or rejected by other students than their female classmates who mature later, a new University of Florida study finds.