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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.

‘Escaped’ proteins add to hearing loss in elderly, UF researchers found

‘Escaped’ proteins add to hearing loss in elderly, UF researchers found

Published: Nov 9th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Age-related hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder among the elderly. But scientists are still trying to figure out what cellular processes govern or contribute to the loss.

Researcher: ‘Optical biopsy’ for breast cancer increasingly accurate

Published: Nov 5th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most biopsies following mammograms reveal benign abnormalities, not cancer.