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Scientists use cell phone records to predict spread of malaria

Published: Dec 16th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers at work on a malaria elimination study in Africa have become the first to predict the spread of the disease using cell phone records.

UF to lead national effort to help patients with rare brain disease

UF to lead national effort to help patients with rare brain disease

Published: Dec 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even with devastating brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, doctors can reach into their medical bags to find something to help a patient.

Small addition to cancer drug may make big difference

Small addition to cancer drug may make big difference

Published: Dec 8th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have found a way to use just a fraction of the normal dosage of a highly toxic, debilitating chemotherapy drug to achieve even […]

$2.4 million stimulus fuels effort to regenerate injured spinal cords

$2.4 million stimulus fuels effort to regenerate injured spinal cords

Published: Dec 7th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For more than 400 years, scientists have studied the amazing regenerative power of salamanders, trying to understand how these creatures routinely repair injuries that would usually leave humans and other mammals paralyzed — or worse.

UF scientists use virus to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact

UF scientists use virus to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact

Published: Dec 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A virus that in nature infects only rabbits could become a cancer-fighting tool for humans. Myxoma virus kills cancerous blood-precursor cells in human bone marrow while sparing normal blood stem cells, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Florida College of Medicine has found. The findings are now online and will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Leukemia.

Dengue virus returns to Florida after more than 50 years, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida mosquito researchers are watching with a wary eye as dengue virus returns to the state after more than 50 years.

Engineer designs micro-endoscope to seek out early signs of cancer

Engineer designs micro-endoscope to seek out early signs of cancer

Published: Nov 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Traditional endoscopes provide a peek inside patients’ bodies. Now, a University of Florida engineering researcher is designing ones capable of a full inspection.

Internet bridges gap for rural residents who need anti-smoking programs

Published: Nov 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Internet may soon join nicotine chewing gum, the patch and behavioral counseling as a remedy for tobacco addiction, says a University of Florida researcher who participated in a study of rural residents using their computers to kick the habit.

UF program to change risky behaviors could save taxpayer dollars

Published: Nov 16th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tech-savvy young people will receive a prescription for healthier living before they actually see the doctor, says a University of Florida professor whose team is developing a laptop program for use in the waiting room.

New study measures hookah use among Florida teens

New study measures hookah use among Florida teens

Published: Nov 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hookah pipe smoking has gained a foothold with Florida teens, according to a new University of Florida study, which shows 11 percent of high school students and 4 percent of middle school students have tried it.