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‘Destruct’ triggers may be jammed in tumor cells, UF geneticists say

Published: Apr 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tumor cells living in the cross hairs of radiation or chemotherapy may be able to escape death because their self-destruct mechanisms are jammed, say University of Florida scientists writing in a recent issue of Developmental Cell.

Maternal respect stronger among African-American and Latina girls

Published: Apr 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Young African-American and Latina girls treat their mothers with greater deference than do whites but their mothers take it harder when tempers flare, according to a new University of Florida study.

Social form of bullying linked to depression, anxiety in adults

Published: Apr 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spreading rumors and gossiping may not cause bruises or black eyes, but the psychological consequences of this social type of bullying could linger into early adulthood, a new University of Florida study shows.

Engineering students: Headset muffles loud, unnerving MRI noises

Published: Apr 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Having an MRI exam, an experience many people describe as stressful and uncomfortable, could soon become a bit more pleasant, thanks to the work of a team of University of Florida engineering students.

Scientists test device to track medication adherence in patients with HIV/AIDS

Published: Apr 21st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most of us have missed a dose of antibiotic or forgotten to take a daily vitamin. But when the stakes are higher — as they are for people with HIV/AIDS — a skipped pill could mean the difference between health and hazard for the entire population. Now, a breath monitoring device developed by scientists at the University of Florida and Xhale Inc. could help prevent the emergence of drug-resistant strains of HIV by monitoring medication adherence in high-risk individuals.

UF researchers identify key target for cancer therapies

Published: Apr 17th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New therapies must target a key protein interaction to destroy aggressive cancer cells’ protective force field, University of Florida scientists reported this week at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in San Diego.

Mental stress reduces blood flow to the heart in patients with gene variation

Published: Apr 15th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have identified a gene variation in heart disease patients who appear especially vulnerable to the physical effects of mental stress — to the point where blood flow to the heart is greatly reduced.

Imported aquacultured reef clams found to have foreign disease

Imported aquacultured reef clams found to have foreign disease

Published: Apr 8th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vividly colorful giant clams officially called tridacnids decorate many an upscale aquarium. But now experts say they boast an exterior beauty that masks an ugly truth: their potential for carrying foreign diseases.

Book: Fructose ‘missing link’ in obesity epidemic

Published: Apr 1st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Could the simple sugar responsible for putting the sweet in everything from bananas to root beer be the missing link in understanding what puts the fat on a person’s thighs? Yes, according to a book penned by a University of Florida researcher that was published today.