Published Sep 9, 2021
Specialty: Gynecology, Specialty: Pediatrics
The breastmilk of lactating mothers vaccinated against COVID-19 contains a significant supply of antibodies that may help protect nursing infants from the illness, according to new research from the University of Florida. For the study, researchers recruited 21 lactating health care workers and tested antibody levels in their blood and breastmilk before and after receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Now the research team will investigate whether breastmilk containing these antibodies provides protection for infants who consume it....continue reading
Published Sep 9, 2021
Specialty: Cancer, Specialty: Ophthalmology
For patients with eye cancer, University of Florida Health ophthalmology specialist Gibran S. Khurshid, MD , is sowing seeds of...continue reading
Published Aug 23, 2021
To solve the elusive medical mystery of why many adults have both high blood pressure and depression, University of Florida Health researchers took a long, indepth look at one suspected culprit: gut bacteria....continue reading
Published Aug 23, 2021
In terms of solutions for weight loss, pediatric weight-loss surgery is a relatively controversial concept. Alexander Ayzengart, MD, a surgeon at the University of Florida Health Bariatric Surgery Center, explains how minimally invasive metabolic bariatric surgery is one of the only effective, long-term ways patients can see lasting changes, intended to not only improve a child’s quality of life, but prolong it....continue reading
Published Aug 23, 2021
Thomas Read, MD, FACS, FASCRS, chief of the University of Florida’s division of gastrointestinal surgery, chairs the clinical advisory group for the first U.S. randomized trial to compare surgery with medical management for uncomplicated diverticulitis....continue reading
Published Jul 16, 2021
A successful organ transplant is the treatment for many end-stage diseases. The result? Usually, an improved quality of life and...continue reading
Published Jul 16, 2021
Hiren Mehta, MD, and his team at UF Health use a specific computerized tomography scan that allows for the detection of any lung cancer abnormality — no matter how subtle....continue reading
Published Jul 16, 2021
When Melissa Buchanan’s husband could no longer breathe on his own, she thought they’d hit rock bottom....continue reading
Published Jun 28, 2021
A new University of Florida study finds that patients with COVID-19 who displayed symptoms of disorientation and confusion were three...continue reading
Published Jun 25, 2021
Specialty: Pulmonary and Lung Surgery, Specialty: Pediatrics
An internationally recognized physician who performed more than 100 lung transplants has joined the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s...continue reading

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