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Cool Shoulder Pads

Published: Dec 20th, 2006

A little science has given the Florida Gators an edge in cooling down on the field. University of Florida researchers have developed special shoulder pads that channel forced cool air between a player’s uniform and body.

Female Heart Damage

Published: Nov 29th, 2006

Women with chest pain sometimes ignore the symptom. Now, a University of Florida study shows those women have a much greater risk for a heart attack than women with no pain.

Cooling Fires

Published: Nov 22nd, 2006

Forest fires can threaten homes and property, but now a University of Florida study suggests forest fires may actually help cool down the atmosphere.

Cocaine Comeback

Published: Nov 15th, 2006

A new study shows cocaine is making a major comeback as a killer of college-age students and people with a lot of disposable income. New data from the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows that cocaine is increasingly cited as the cause of death in coroner’s reports.

Space Super-Computer

Published: Nov 8th, 2006

Experts say space science has a lot of potential, but it hasn’t had much computer power behind it. So, get ready for the first super-computer in space. Working with NASA and Honeywell, University of Florida engineers are developing a super-computer to work in space.

Selfish Sex

Published: Nov 1st, 2006

If you’re dating someone who thinks a lot of him or herself, don’t plan on a long or very satisfying relationship. A new University of Florida study shows the greater a narcissist’s interest in sex, the less committed they tend to be in a romantic relationship.

Decaf Caution

Published: Oct 25th, 2006

Coffee lovers who switch to decaf for health reasons assume the coffee is actually decaffeinated, but University of Florida researchers tested 22 decaffeinated coffee beverages and every serving but one contained some caffeine. You won’t find as much caffeine as in regular coffee, but UF expert Bruce Goldberger says if you need to avoid caffeine because of kidney disease or anxiety disorders, a little can add up.

Diabetes Hormone

Published: Oct 18th, 2006

The hormone leptin regulates appetite to keep body weight in check, but University of Florida research shows leptin may also combat adult-onset diabetes.

Researchers fed lab animals the same kind of high calorie diet that can trigger the production of more insulin and boost the risk of diabetes in humans. Using leptin gene therapy, UF neuroscientist Satya Kalra and his team prevented type two diabetes in the animals.

Children of Divorce

Published: Oct 11th, 2006

Divorce can wreak havoc on the lives of children, but University of Florida research shows it helps school-age girls when parents make a clean break, rather than continuing a troubled union.

The study shows that girls whose parents split up score higher on reading and math tests than girls who live with a mom and dad who don’t get along.

Early Obesity

Published: Oct 4th, 2006

New research shows that kids who are morbidly obese before the age of four often suffer from lower I-Q scores.

University of Florida researchers tested patients with early-onset morbid obesity or another obesity disorder called prader-willi syndrome. They compared scores to test results of normal weight siblings. Kids obese before age four had an average I-Q about twenty-eight points lower, a finding that surprised geneticist Dan Driscoll.