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Researchers pinpoint culprits in grapefruit/drug interactions, UF/IFAS citrus breeder says

Published: Dec 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The quest to develop a grapefruit hybrid that will not interact with medication has taken a step forward, as researchers pinpoint compounds most responsible for the problem, a University of Florida citrus breeder says.

UF researchers: Understanding pancreas size may help unlock cause of Type 1 diabetes

Published: Dec 11th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People at risk for Type 1 diabetes may have fewer insulin-producing “beta” cells than people not at risk, a finding that could help researchers shed light on what causes the disease, a new University of Florida study shows.

The placebo effect goes beyond humans, UF researchers find

Published: Nov 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rats and humans have at least one thing in common: They both react the same way to a placebo, according to a new University of Florida study.

Bed alarms not proven to prevent patient falls in hospitals, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 20th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Equipping hospital beds with alarms does not decrease patient falls and related injuries, according to University of Florida researchers and colleagues. The findings, published today (Nov. 20) in the Annals of Internal Medicine, cast doubt on the merits of the widely touted alarms as a patient safety tool.

Rare human parasite found in U.S. horse for the first time, University of Florida researchers report

Published: Nov 15th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A rare, potentially fatal species of parasite never before found in North America has been identified in a Florida horse.

Memory loss, thinking problems after surgery the subject of new UF research

Published: Nov 13th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older adults may be at risk for memory and thinking problems after surgery, and a new $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research will help University of Florida researchers use brain imaging studies to determine which patients are most likely to be affected.

New study describes perils of delivering anti-malarial drugs through private sector

New study describes perils of delivering anti-malarial drugs through private sector

Published: Nov 8th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Getting high-quality anti-malarial drugs to people in places like Zanzibar and Mozambique is a tricky business.

ADHD drugs do not raise risk of serious heart conditions in children, study shows

Published: Oct 31st, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children taking central nervous system stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin do not face an increased risk of serious heart conditions during treatment, according to a new University of Florida study that confirms findings reported in 2011. Published in the British Medical Journal in August, the study contributes to a decade-long clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

UF/IFAS research: Typical populations of bedbugs can cause harmful blood loss in humans

Published: Oct 30th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, bedbugs have been turning up in sometimes odd and random places, such as subways, movie theaters, dressing rooms and schools, but scientists believed that to flourish, the insects would need more frequent access to human blood meals.

Cellphone data helps researchers target likely spots for malaria control

Published: Oct 11th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cellphone records could be a valuable tool for controlling and eliminating malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher.