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Osteoarthritis gene therapy being developed at UF could help both people, animals

Osteoarthritis gene therapy being developed at UF could help both people, animals

Published: Nov 3rd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are developing a gene therapy technique that could help both humans and horses fight osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition that causes inflammation and deterioration of the joints. The goal is to create a one-time treatment that works long term.

UF researchers receive $2.7 million to study hazardous alcohol use in women with HIV

UF researchers receive $2.7 million to study hazardous alcohol use in women with HIV

Published: Oct 26th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to evaluate whether a common medication can help women with HIV reduce their alcohol consumption and improve their overall health.

UF researchers say they can create grapefruit hybrid that won’t interfere with medicine

UF researchers say they can create grapefruit hybrid that won’t interfere with medicine

Published: Oct 19th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, doctors and pharmacists have warned people to steer clear of fresh grapefruit or grapefruit juice when taking certain medicines.

UF researchers: Single dose of contraceptive vaccine controls fertility in cats for years

Published: Sep 29th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, report that a single dose of an immunocontraceptive vaccine controls fertility over multiple years in adult female cats.

Spanish-language series offers new educational tool for TB awareness

Published: Sep 28th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Teresa knocks on her friend’s door late one night.
“¿Qué pasa?” the friend worriedly asks.

Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain

Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain

Published: Sep 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according to an international team of researchers, including a neuroscientist with the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.

Researchers map the global spread of drug-resistant influenza

Published: Sep 14th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the new movie “Contagion,” fictional health experts scramble to get ahead of a flu-like pandemic as a drug-resistant virus quickly spreads, killing millions of people within days after they contract the illness.

UF researchers find chemical signals that initiate the body’s immune response

UF researchers find chemical signals that initiate the body’s immune response

Published: Sep 8th, 2011

GAINESVILLE — University of Florida researchers have identified two key steps required to activate the body’s innate immune system, its first line of defense against infection.

Aggressive medical therapy could help prevent stroke

Aggressive medical therapy could help prevent stroke

Published: Sep 8th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To prevent a common type of stroke, intensive medical therapy could be better by itself than in combination with surgery that props open affected arteries. But it remains to be seen whether the apparent advantage will prove true over the long term.

Male-female ring finger proportions tied to sex hormones in embryo; may offer health insights

Published: Sep 6th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Biologists at the University of Florida have found a reason why men’s ring fingers are generally longer than their index fingers — and why the reverse usually holds true for women.