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UF researchers make strides to improve liver surgery

UF researchers make strides to improve liver surgery

Published: May 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study reveals patients with liver cancer who have no other treatment options might benefit from more aggressive operations once considered too risky, report University of Florida scientists, who also published research this month yielding insight into ways to protect the liver during surgery.

Combining exercise with hormone could prevent weight gain

Combining exercise with hormone could prevent weight gain

Published: May 27th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Once heralded as a promising obesity treatment, the hormone leptin lost its fat-fighting luster when scientists discovered overweight patients were resistant to its effects. But pairing leptin with just a minor amount of exercise seems to revive the hormone’s ability to fight fat again, University of Florida researchers recently discovered.

UF researchers develop improved gene therapy agent

UF researchers develop improved gene therapy agent

Published: May 19th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Replacing one amino acid on the surface of a virus that shepherds corrective genes into cells could be the breakthrough scientists have needed to make gene therapy a more viable option for treating genetic diseases such as hemophilia, University of Florida researchers say.

Drink specials quadruple likelihood of exiting a bar over legal limit to drive

Published: May 13th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A last call should be issued for drink specials because they dramatically increase the risk of college students walking out of a bar intoxicated, especially if they are underage, a new University of Florida study finds.

MicroRNAs appear essential for retinal health

MicroRNAs appear essential for retinal health

Published: May 7th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Retinas in newborn mice appear perfectly fine without any help from tiny bits of genetic material called microRNAs except for one thing — the retinas do not work.

UF scientists discover compound that could lead to new blood pressure drugs

Published: May 1st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have identified a drug compound that dramatically lowers blood pressure, improves heart function and — in a remarkable finding — prevents damage to the heart and kidneys in rats with persistent hypertension.