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UF hepatologists test chemotherapy pill in patients with advanced liver cancer, cirrhosis

UF hepatologists test chemotherapy pill in patients with advanced liver cancer, cirrhosis

Published: Dec 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hepatologists at the University of Florida have begun a new clinical trial in search of a better way to treat patients who have advanced, inoperable primary liver cancer but have trouble tolerating standard doses of the only drug available to help them.

Scientists ID key protein that links dietary restriction with healthy hearing, aging

Scientists ID key protein that links dietary restriction with healthy hearing, aging

Published: Dec 16th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Restricting calories extends life and slows a range of age-related disorders in mice, rats and other organisms. But even after eight decades of research on the subject, scientists are still unclear just how caloric restriction exerts its age-battling influence.

UF experts seek to improve data on food-borne illnesses

Published: Dec 15th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two new reports question the accuracy of federal food-borne illness reports and recommend systemic changes to the country’s food safety system, according to University of Florida experts who were involved in the studies.

Climate change may be increasing toxins poisoning Caribbean fish

Published: Dec 10th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Global climate change may contribute to an increase in toxins that poison Caribbean fish and the people who eat the seafood, according to experts meeting this week in the Virgin Islands.

UF expert: Biodiversity loss correlates with increases in infectious disease

Published: Dec 1st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Habitat destruction and species extinction may lead to an increase in diseases that infect humans and other species, according to a paper in the journal Nature co-authored by a University of Florida ecologist.

UF-developed device may reduce swallowing health risk in patients with Parkinson’s disease

UF-developed device may reduce swallowing health risk in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Published: Nov 22nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A hand-held device that strengthens the muscles involved in swallowing can address a serious symptom of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new University of Florida study.

Some kids with spinal cord injury may be overlooked for walking rehabilitation

Published: Nov 15th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The traditional way to predict whether children can regain movement after spinal cord injuries may exclude a small subset of patients who could benefit from therapy, according to two studies presented by University of Florida researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week in San Diego.

UF, FSU receive grant for community-based clinical research

Published: Nov 15th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida and the Florida State University College of Medicine today jointly received $600,000 from the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida to strengthen research, education and service efforts in public health and to boost economic growth.

UF researchers go to Haiti to mitigate cholera threat, explore possible sources

UF researchers go to Haiti to mitigate cholera threat, explore possible sources

Published: Nov 9th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida public health researchers are back in Haiti this week, tracking the cholera outbreak and distributing oral rehydration packets assembled by College of Pharmacy faculty and students.

Antibacterial agent could cause pregnancy problems

Antibacterial agent could cause pregnancy problems

Published: Nov 4th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A chemical found in everything from antibacterial soaps and lotions to socks and toothpaste may disrupt an enzyme that plays an important role in pregnancy, University of Florida researchers say.