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Improved estrogen reception may sharpen fuzzy memory

Published: Jul 29th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Estrogen treatments may sharpen mental performance in women with certain medical conditions, but University of Florida researchers suggest that recharging a naturally occurring estrogen receptor in the brain may also clear cognitive cobwebs.

Mate or hibernate? That’s the question worm pheromones answer

Mate or hibernate? That’s the question worm pheromones answer

Published: Jul 23rd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If worms could talk, they might tell potential suitors, “I like the way you wriggle,” complete with that telltale come slither look. But worms send their valentines via signals known as pheromones, a complex chemical code researchers are now cracking, according to a study published today (July 23) in the journal Nature.

MyPyramid for Older Adults poster helps increase nutrition knowledge

Published: Jul 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eating well as you age can be tricky. You generally need fewer calories, but the foods you do eat must pack a nutritious punch.

Future doctors share too much on Facebook, UF researchers say

Published: Jul 10th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Would it bother you to know that your physician smokes cigars and likes to do “keg stands”? That your gynecologist was a member of a group called “I Hate Medical School”? That your urologist is a fan of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”?

Long-term care fraught with uncertainties for elderly baby boomers

Published: Jul 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The continued decline of the nursing home – once the mainstay care for the frail elderly – and an upsurge in popularity of assisted living will lead to many dramatic changes in long-term care, according to a University of Florida expert and editor of a new book on the subject.