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Mental Health Awareness Month: How exercise goes the extra mile

A University of Florida doctor is highlighting the benefits of exercise for mental health. Dr. Jay Clugston, who specializes in concussion research, has found that athletes with previous mental health conditions recover differently than those without, and athletes with multiple concussions increase their risk for mental health conditions in the future. 

Climbing a new path allows chemists to ascend cancer’s steepest research challenges

The cancer gene MYC drives unrestrained cancer cell growth, but has proved a difficult drug target. Nature-inspired compounds succeed by chopping up MYC’s RNA.

Young goat survives rare bone infection thanks to treatment at UF Large Animal Hospital

Now able to walk again, the goat is back at home with her family.

Motherhood in the OR: A new generation of surgeons navigates two loves

About 22.6% of practicing general surgeons are women. But for general surgery residents, the number is slowly creeping up — and for seasoned faculty, this is a welcome change.

AI helps create better, simpler hepatitis, COVID-19 tests

AI-fueled improvements could create at-home tests to catch infections early

New study uses AI to predict who may benefit from cognitive training to stave off dementia

A new UF College of Public Health and Health Professions study aims to shed light on which older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease may respond to cognitive training programs designed to boost thinking skills that tend to decline with aging and disease.

Newly discovered trigger for major depression opens possibilities for better treatments

The amino acid glycine could help alleviate depression by sending a 'slow down' signal to the brain.

Improving 3D-printed models of the human brain

A Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering associate professor and a Ph.D. candidate are helping neurosurgeons perfect their operating technique by finding better ways to create 3D-printed models of blood vessels in the human brain. They explain their research findings in an article published in The Conversation.  

UF scientists discover way to alter fentanyl, making the potent pain reliever safer

Scientists have discovered a way to alter the chemical properties of fentanyl, offering a safer alternative to the powerful pain reliever.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but up to 100 times more potent. It is among the most abused pain relievers in the U.S. and the leading cause of overdose deaths. 

Election season can raise blood pressure, putting populations at risk

Blood pressure rose among several groups after the 2016 U.S. election.