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Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new therapy that they hope could lead to a cure for multiple sclerosis.

As the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, researchers there say that they’re on the cusp of developing a cure to the most serious threat facing the citrus industry worldwide:  citrus greening. 

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Two students from the University of Florida's GRiP program — a club that creates and donates three-dimensional printed prostheses to people with upper limb differences — delivered and strapped prosthetic limbs onto a 13-year-old Palm Beach County boy.

A decade of work is paying off for a team of coastal conservationists in Florida. A team of researchers won an $8.3 million grant to restore shrinking oyster reefs.

The University of Florida is backing out of its deal to take over Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona.

Appeals Court Orders Hearing Over UF Veterinary Records

Oct 5, 2016
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An appeals court Tuesday ordered a circuit judge to hold a hearing in a public-records lawsuit involving research conducted on animals at the University of Florida.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is urging the governor to approve the University of Florida takeover of Sanford Burnham. The governor was in Orlando for a press event, where Dyer talked with him about what the state can do to help keep Sanford Burnham in Medical City.

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The University of Florida hopes to have a deal outlined in the coming weeks to negotiate the takeover of Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute in Orlando.

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Professors from the University of Florida have developed a mosquito trap that they say could help prevent the spread of the Zika virus.  Professor Phil Koehler says the trap is proven to catch and kill mosquitoes but the public might not be able use it this summer because it’s awaiting federal approval. 

UF-Burnham Plan Likely Faces More Questions

Jun 6, 2016
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Gov. Rick Scott has yet to be sold on a proposal for the University of Florida to take over a taxpayer-backed biotech operation in Orlando that a decade ago was supposed to help spark a research revolution in the state.

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The University of Florida and University of Central Florida had planned to announce a partnership in the acquisition of Sanford Burnham, according the Orlando Sentinel

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Leaders of a research organization that has been key to the growth of a medical research community in central Florida say the firm is now in talks with the governor's office about having the University of Florida take over its Orlando facility.

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Details are emerging on Sanford-Burnham's planned exit from Orlando.

Justices Will Not Hear Challenge To UF Gun Policy

Apr 13, 2016

In a victory for the University of Florida, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in university housing.

UF Guns Case Appealed To Florida Supreme Court

Feb 8, 2016

A Second Amendment group is asking the state Supreme Court to take up a legal dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.

The University of Florida is involved in a federal settlement to repay nearly $20 million to the United States government.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement Friday afternoon in allegations that the university "improperly charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for salary and administrative costs on hundreds of federal grants." According to the release, the investigation into improper use of funds started in 2010 for a period covering 2005 to 2010.

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An appeals court ruled Friday that state universities are allowed to ban students from having guns in their dorm rooms.

Disease Threatens FL Roses

Aug 24, 2015
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Florida’s $20 million rose industry is threatened by a disease that’s devastating the flower across the Eastern United States.

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Two Gainesville residents face multiple charges following an argument that escalated into gunshots being fired outside a University of Florida dormitory.

University police Maj. Brad Barber told The Gainesville Sun an argument broke out as people were leaving a bar.

Court To Weigh Allowing Guns In University Housing

Jul 8, 2015

After a high-profile legislative debate this spring about concealed weapons on college campuses, a state appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.

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More teenagers are trying electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, according to a study by the University of Florida. Researchers found that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products.

E-cigarettes produce vapor from a liquid that comes in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum and cotton candy. The liquid can be bought with or without nicotine.

Researchers say older people are turning to e-cigarettes to quit their smoking habit, while teens like them for recreational use.

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A list of "cutting-edge" scientists who have the most influence on their fields -- using citations by other scholars as the yardstick -- includes 15 researchers based in Florida.

While most are known only in their field of study, a handful have made news. One even co-authored a bestseller.

The U.S.  Department of Education reports there were more sexual assaults reported at the University of Florida than at any other Florida college, the Gainesville Sun reports. At private schools, the highest number of sexual assaults reported was at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, with 15.

After several years of study, researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a "drug cocktail" for patients with Type 1 diabetes that appears to give them the ability to produce insulin again, the Gainesville Sun reports. 

When Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to spend tax dollars to boost Florida’s cancer centers, those associated with the Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville welcomed the news, since it treats thousands of cancer patients and is part of the National Cancer Institute system through its headquarters in Minnesota.  But as the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports, the pleasant feeling was short-lived.

Orlando Health announced Wednesday that it is no longer seeking a partner for merger or acquisition because its own finances are healthy and there is no longer a need, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  While the not-for-profit health-care system had received several proposals, its board decided Monday to remain independent, a decision that goes against the nationwide trend of hospital mergers.  The board also decided to begin a national search for a new

Florida ranks second in the nation for incidence and deaths from cancer, but it lags behind in National Cancer Institute grant funding, according to the American Cancer Society.

Timothy Goldfarb, the CEO of UF Health Shands, will be stepping down in July, reports the Gainesville Sun. Chief Operating Officer Edward Jimenez, who was brought in 3 ½ years ago to be groomed as an eventual replacement , will serve as Interim CEO.

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A dozen dogs have been diagnosed recently with an emerging bacterial disease that University of Florida veterinarians say could spread to humans.

The 12 canine cases of leptospirosis found at UF’s Small Animal Hospital in the past six months is atypical. Animals that spend a lot of time outside, especially near other wildlife, are most at risk, according to a statement released by the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

It’s a good-news day for researchers in Florida, with reports on stem cell treatments for heart damage and preclinical trials on an HIV vaccine, both from University of Miami. And for a feel-good story, there’s a TV report on a child raising more than half a million dollars for liver-disease research at University of Florida that might benefit his friend.

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