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The University of South Florida temporarily stopped one researcher's work with the West Nile Virus earlier this year after eight birds died during the research.

According to a statement from USF, that work has since been restarted after the issues involved were addressed.

Researchers have created mice that appear impervious to the lure of cocaine.

Even after the genetically engineered animals were given the drug repeatedly, they did not appear to crave it the way typical mice do, a team reports in Nature Neuroscience.

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“I'm tired of operating on 14-year-olds,” says trauma surgeon Dr. Tanya Zakrison of the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

She’s one of the surgeons who’s operated on the more than 850 children and teenagers with gunshot wounds who came through the trauma center in the past decade.

What got them there and what happened to them afterwards—those are questions Zakrison would like answered. But she was initially advised by mentors and research advisors that she should avoid focusing on gun-related trauma.

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The University of South Florida will use a $1.1 million dollar state grant for Zika research to look at how the virus infects fetuses.

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Patients and their advocates are getting an ever-larger voice in how medical research is carried out. They participate in the design of experiments and have a greater say in what outcomes they care about most — and it's not always simply living longer.

Sharon Terry has lived through a couple of decades during which patients went from being complete outsiders to participants. She worries now that they risk being co-opted by the medical research juggernaut.

Parents can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by keeping their child's crib in the same room, close to their bed, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers: Closer To Finding Citrus Greening Cure

Oct 19, 2016

Research scientists at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center say they are on the cusp of finding a cure for greening disease.

Researchers Seek Foolproof Method To Detect Zika Infection

Sep 19, 2016
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Determining whether people have been infected with the Zika virus can be difficult.

Hundreds of clinics around the country are offering to treat a long list of health problems with stem cells.

The clinics claim that stem cells found in fat tissue, blood, bone marrow and even placentas can help people suffering from arthritic joints and torn tendons to more serious medical problems, including spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and strokes. Some even claim the cells can help children with autism.

But leading stem cell researchers say there's not enough evidence to support the clinics' claims.

The Affordable Care Act has achieved at least part of what it set out to do—but there are still quite a few questions about the long-term impact of the health legislation, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.

If the advice to eat more fiber seems easy to ignore, you're not alone. Most Americans don't get the 25 to 38 grams a day that's recommended, depending on age and gender.

But if you're skimping on fiber, the health stakes are high, especially if you're a teenage girl.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics concludes that eating lots of fiber-rich foods during high school years may significantly reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.

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A Florida International University dean will lead a study on the effects of lead exposure on children's mental health thanks to a nearly $3 million grant.

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In the coming weeks, public television stations across Florida will air a new documentary by Ken Burns. "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" aims to tell the complete story of cancer, from the first accounts from ancient Egypt to modern research facilities, and the stories of patients.

Though the United States is still leading the world in research related to diseases, it is rapidly losing its edge, according to an analysis in the American Medical Association's flagship journal JAMA.

If you look at biomedical research around the globe, the United States funded 57 percent of that work a decade ago. The U.S. share has since dropped to 44 percent, according to the study published online Tuesday.

The endangered Florida Panther is experiencing a slight population rebound.

While this is good news for recovery efforts, it’s becoming a problem for ranchers in Southwest Florida. That’s because panthers are killing off livestock such as cattle in large numbers, and ranchers are taking a financial hit.

 A new study has found that Marine and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are dying at a higher rate than personnel at other bases, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s study backs up concerns that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune may be tied to cancers and illness in as many as 1 million people.

A medical research center with a campus near Orlando says it has received its largest gift ever, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, with locations in California and Florida, has received an anonymous gift of $275 million.

The grant will be used to develop treatments for diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The research center at Lake Nona got state and local tax incentives of $310 million when it opened in 2009; those funds run out in 2016.

An animal rights group has filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the University of Florida.  

The complaint filed by Eleventh Hour for Animals alleges a “culture of negligence” in UF’s handling of lab animals, the Gainesville Sun reports.  The complaint stems from the euthanizing of a macaque monkey in 2010.

A South Florida hospital says it  has dramatically reduced the need for blood transfusions -- and the resulting complications that sometimes occur -- through a few steps that other hospitals could easily adopt, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Researchers Work to Prevent Past Neglect of Veterans

Nov 1, 2013

An estimated 2.3 million men and women have served during the nation’s last 12 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. And as they transition out of the military, the veterans will need care for immediate and long-term conditions like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

And many from health care professionals to retired military are concerned that the neglect of past veterans is not repeated with this new generation.

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For some cancers, chemotherapy and radiation may be the best - or only - treatments available. Yet there are times when the side effects of the treatment are almost as bad as the disease they are intended to cure. 

For the last few years, the USF Ataxia Research Center and the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) have hosted a pair of events in Tampa: a national symposium that brings together Friedreich ataxia experts from around the world, and a gala ball that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.

While they're preparing for this year's events, there's a bit of extra pressure -- the USF Ataxia Research Center is also the lead site on a national study of a potent antioxidant treatment for the life-shortening, degenerative neuromuscular disorder.


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The gigantic retirement community known as The Villages -- with almost 100,000 residents who like getting around in golf carts -- has teamed up with the University of South Florida to create medical homes with an old-time friendly style of primary care, the Tampa Bay Times reports

Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter

Jul 26, 2013

Don't try to pretend your gibes and judgments of the overweight people in your life are for their own good. Florida researchers have evidence that discriminating against fat people only makes them fatter.

Politics Behind Cut to Research

Jul 18, 2013

Florida legislators this year diverted state money from medical research studies in order to give $30 million to cancer centers, no-strings-attached, says an architect of the state research program.

The PSA test has been dissed a lot lately. The nation's preventive medicine task force, for one, says the test is so unreliable in figuring out who's at risk for deadly prostate cancer that most men shouldn't bother getting one.

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Last week on WUSF's University Beat, we told you how attendees at the recentStudents With Diabetes National Conference hosted by USF Health's Bringing Science Home heard about an "artificial pancreas."

A person having a stroke may not be in a war zone, but his or her life is in danger all the same. That's enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in some stroke survivors, researchers say, with symptoms like panic attacks, nightmares and flashes of anger.

Here's another reason to eat asparagus, in case you were looking for one.

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