Health Category Subscribe to RSS Feed

UF researchers find mechanism behind zinc’s immune-boosting power

Published: Aug 31st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just in time for what federal authorities warn could be an extremely severe flu season, University of Florida research has revealed a fundamental mechanism behind zinc’s immune-boosting power—it ramps up one of the body’s primary lines of defense, white blood cells known as T-cells.

UF scientists construct ‘off switch’ for Parkinson therapy

Published: Aug 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A common antibiotic can function as an “off switch” for a gene therapy being developed for Parkinson’s disease, according to University of Florida researchers writing online in advance of September’s Molecular Therapy.

Study: 1 in 5 drinkers is underage, drinks more and stays later at bar

Published: Aug 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As many as one in five alcohol-consuming customers in bars is underage, and underage patrons tend to stay later at night, according to a new University of Florida study.

Scientists link genetic glitches to common childhood cancer

Published: Aug 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A multicenter team of childhood cancer researchers has discovered two genetic variations linked to an increased risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, the most common childhood cancer in the United States.

Vision researchers see unexpected gain a year into blindness trial

Vision researchers see unexpected gain a year into blindness trial

Published: Aug 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have discovered that even in adults born with extremely impaired sight, the brain can rewire itself to recognize sections of the retina that have been restored by gene therapy.

New genes at work in patients with hereditary lung disease

Published: Aug 10th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have safely given new, functional genes to patients with a hereditary defect that can lead to fatal lung and liver diseases, according to […]

U.S. Department of Education recognizes UF’s alcohol abuse prevention program

Published: Aug 4th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida was one of five schools to be named a 2009 Model of Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program on College Campuses by the U.S. Department of Education. This distinction comes with a $100,000 grant for the College of Health and Human Performance to continue its campuswide alcohol abuse prevention program.