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Cutting calories could limit muscle wasting in later years

Published: Sep 16th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chemical concoctions can smooth over wrinkles and hide those pesky grays, but what about the signs of aging that aren’t so easy to fix, such as losing muscle mass? Cutting calories early could help, say University of Florida researchers who studied the phenomenon in rats.

Safety study indicates gene therapy for blindness improves vision

Published: Sep 8th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All three people who received gene therapy at the University of Florida to treat a rare, incurable form of blindness have regained some of their vision, according to a paper published online today in Human Gene Therapy.

Study: Delaying evolution of drug resistance in malaria parasite possible

Published: Sep 4th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There’s no magic bullet for wiping out malaria, but a new study offers strong support for a method that effectively delays the evolution of drug resistance in malaria parasites, a University of Florida researcher says.

UF’s Burn Center tests virtual reality disaster training

Published: Sep 2nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Forget the stethoscope — the video game controller could be the newest item you find in your doctor’s black bag.

Obesity risk linked to history of chronic ear infections

Obesity risk linked to history of chronic ear infections

Published: Aug 14th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 5 million children cope with the agonizing ache of ear infection annually, but a new discovery suggests damage to taste nerves caused by the common childhood ailment might increase the risk of obesity later in life, say University of Florida College of Dentistry researchers.

Florida mosquito populations are booming, but diseases aren’t

Florida mosquito populations are booming, but diseases aren’t

Published: Aug 13th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sometimes, the tiny vampires cover Alan Curtis’ legs in writhing black. Other times, only a few come for a nibble.

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea

Published: Aug 7th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have discovered a marine compound off the coast of Key Largo that inhibits cancer cell growth in laboratory tests, a finding they hope will fuel the development of new drugs to better battle the disease.

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.