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UF surgeons, research biologists create scale to grade shark bite severity

UF surgeons, research biologists create scale to grade shark bite severity

Published: Jan 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shark attack! These words can send waves of fear through the public and often guarantee prominent coverage in the news media — even if the bite is little more than a scratch.

UF researchers continue ‘extraordinary measures’ to tackle Pompe disease

UF researchers continue ‘extraordinary measures’ to tackle Pompe disease

Published: Jan 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As scientists work to find new treatments for Pompe disease — the devastating genetic “villain” that drives the efforts of the main characters in the new film “Extraordinary Measures” — University of Florida researchers are hopeful that gene therapy will help patients in the late stages of the disease breathe on their own.

Engineers: New sensor could help treat, combat diabetes, other diseases

Engineers: New sensor could help treat, combat diabetes, other diseases

Published: Jan 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny new sensor could provide fresh, inexpensive diagnosis and treatment methods for people suffering from a variety of diseases.

UF to dedicate 80,000-square-foot Emerging Pathogens Institute facility

Published: Jan 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Federal, state and University of Florida officials and scientists will gather Jan. 26 to dedicate the Sunshine State’s first research facility focused on new infectious diseases threatening plants, animals, people and food safety.

New study suggests theory for insect colonies as ‘superorganisms’

Published: Jan 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Florida has shown insect colonies follow some of the same biological “rules” as individuals, a finding that suggests insect societies operate like a single “superorganism” in terms of their physiology and life cycle.

UF study: Prescribed erectile dysfunction drugs don’t lead to risky sexual behavior

Published: Jan 12th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite studies suggesting that erectile dysfunction drugs promote irresponsible sexual behavior, men who receive prescriptions for them are no more likely to engage in risky sex acts […]

Dead Sea-dwelling microbes reveal roots of protein common to all higher life forms

Published: Jan 11th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — We have more in common with Dead Sea-dwelling microbes than previously thought. University of Florida researchers have found that one of the most common proteins in complex life forms may have evolved from proteins found in microbes that live in deadly salty environments.

UF urologists use robot to shave time off vasectomy reversal, raise sperm counts

UF urologists use robot to shave time off vasectomy reversal, raise sperm counts

Published: Jan 6th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida urologists have used robot-assisted surgery to cut about 20 minutes off average surgery time for conventional vasectomy reversal using a microscope. Sperm count after […]

From crickets to whales, animal calls have something in common

Published: Jan 6th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists who compare insect chirps with ape calls may look like they are mixing aphids and orangutans, but researchers have found common denominators in the calls of […]