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Vitamin supplements may prevent drug-induced hearing loss, UF researchers say

Published: Mar 13th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The drug gentamicin can provide effective treatment for people with bacterial infections that are resistant to other antibiotics, but this medication can cause a serious side effect, too: hearing loss.

Stressful experiences have big, immediate effects on children’s health

Published: Mar 12th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science has shown that children who experience stressful events are more likely to face poor health outcomes as adults, but new research shows the effects may show up much sooner — in fact, almost immediately.

For older drivers, study finds, one drink may be one too many

Published: Mar 6th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.

UF researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors

Published: Mar 5th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline.

Air pollution increases risk for hypertension in pregnant women

Published: Feb 12th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Breathing the air outside their homes may be just as toxic to pregnant women — if not more so — as breathing in cigarette smoke, increasing a mom-to-be’s risk of developing deadly complications such as preeclampsia, according to findings from a new University of Florida study.

Florida’s Medicaid reform pilot is saving money, UF study finds

Published: Jan 29th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Health care plans in the Florida Medicaid Reform Pilot project have done a better job of controlling costs than Florida’s traditional Medicaid program, according to a new University of Florida study. An initial estimation suggests the reform pilot reduced costs by about 18 percent, had expenditures increased at the same rate as experienced in the non-reform counties.

University of Florida and Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to conduct NFL/GE-funded concussion research

Published: Jan 24th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Banyan Biomarkers Inc. announced today that it has received a $300,000 award from the NFL and General Electric to improve detection of concussions through research led by a University of Florida football team physician.

UF researcher sets age threshold for treatment of viral respiratory infection in preterm infants

Published: Jan 16th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is the first to establish that 4 months old is the age threshold for preterm babies to receive preventive treatment for a common viral respiratory infection.

‘Star Trek’ for animals: A wireless medical monitor for your pet

‘Star Trek’ for animals: A wireless medical monitor for your pet

Published: Jan 15th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The next time you take Fluffy in for surgery, the veterinarian may be able to monitor her post-op progress from a smartphone.

Benefits of mental exercises for seniors persist 10 years after training

Published: Jan 13th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older adults who received as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning and speed of processing skills 10 years after the intervention, according to UF Health researchers with the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE, study.