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Program puts kids in driver seat with traffic and bike safety education

Published: Oct 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Driver’s Ed” for kids could be another name for a statewide program administered by the University of Florida that is designed to reduce the number and severity of injuries and deaths to children from bicycle and traffic crashes.

Phytochemicals in plant-based foods could help battle obesity, disease

Published: Oct 21st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The cheeseburger and French fries might look tempting, but eating a serving of broccoli or leafy greens first could help people battle metabolic processes that lead to obesity and heart disease, a new University of Florida study shows.

New hospital’s therapeutic design supports healing, green practices

New hospital’s therapeutic design supports healing, green practices

Published: Oct 20th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Heading to the hospital? These days, the newest member of your medical team just might be the building itself — and it’s likely to play a bigger role in your healing than you might think.

UF receives $12.2 million to establish national network of scientists

UF receives $12.2 million to establish national network of scientists

Published: Oct 20th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine a Web site like Facebook, but instead of using it to share videos or post quizzes like “What ’80s song are you?” scientists could scour a national network of researchers, only a few mouse clicks separating them from information needed for a scientific breakthrough.

Improved hearing aid technology also benefits economy

Published: Oct 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New technology that dramatically improves the effectiveness of hearing aids stands to help millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, says a University of Florida professor whose research helped to develop the product.

Goodbye ‘R’ rule? Oyster pathogen test may help make shellfish safer

Goodbye ‘R’ rule? Oyster pathogen test may help make shellfish safer

Published: Oct 14th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The oyster lover’s axiom of edibility — that this shellfish is safest to eat in any month with an “r” in it — may soon become somewhat of a culinary anachronism, thanks to a new food-safety test developed with help from the University of Florida.

UF researchers find triggers in cells’ transition from colitis to cancer

UF researchers find triggers in cells’ transition from colitis to cancer

Published: Oct 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have grown tumors in mice using cells from inflamed but noncancerous colon tissue taken from human patients, a finding that sheds new light on colon cancer and how it might be prevented.

UF study: Exercise improves body image for fit and unfit alike

Published: Oct 8th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Attention weekend warriors: the simple act of exercise and not fitness itself can convince you that you look better, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF to receive $29.5 million in Recovery Act funds to begin study of whether exercise prevents disability in older adults

UF to receive $29.5 million in Recovery Act funds to begin study of whether exercise prevents disability in older adults

Published: Oct 1st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will receive $29.5 million in federal stimulus funds over the next two years from the National Institute on Aging to begin a six-year study on whether a program of structured physical activity can prevent or delay major movement disability in older adults.