Published Dec 2, 2020
Specialty: Cancer, Specialty: Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Specialty: ENT, Specialty: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Specialty: Gynecology, Specialty: Nephrology, Specialty: Neurology and Neurosurgery, Specialty: Ophthalmology, Specialty: Orthopaedics, Specialty: Pediatrics, Specialty: Primary Care, Specialty: Psychiatry, Specialty: Pulmonary and Lung Surgery, Specialty: Rheumatology, Specialty: Urology, Specialty: Diabetes and Endocrinology
An out-of-this-world mission may help University of Florida researchers understand why adults lose muscle strength as they age. Tiny muscle cells contained on tissue chips are part of an innovative experiment bound for the International Space Station this week. The study, led by Siobhan Malany, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacodynamics in the UF College of Pharmacy, will help scientists understand microgravity effects on human muscle cells and could aid the development of new therapies for age-related muscle loss on Earth....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
Specialty: Cancer
The Epstein-Barr virus is a common, persistent and elusive invader. It typically spreads through saliva during childhood and often goes dormant after infection. The virus, also known as human herpesvirus 4, can cause mononucleosis and several cancers, including fast-growing tumors like Burkitt lymphoma, which is a form of neck and jaw cancer, and cancers in organ transplant recipients. University of Florida Health researchers Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael McIntosh, Ph.D., and their collaborators have published new research showing a class of drugs used to treat a limited set of breast and ovarian cancers are also effective against cancers linked to the Epstein-Barr virus when tested on human cells. They also discovered a way to predict the susceptibility of other types of cancer to the anticancer drugs, potentially expanding their use....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
Specialty: Cancer, Specialty: Neurology and Neurosurgery, Specialty: Pediatrics, Specialty: Pulmonary and Lung Surgery
UF Health Cancer Center and UF Health Vet Med researchers partner to help pet dogs and children with brain tumors....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
A new assessment tool can predict users’ 10-year risk of heart attack or stroke with just a few patient-inputted responses, no lab tests required. Developed by University of Florida researchers, the EZ-CVD calculates a person’s risk score based on six questions on sex, age, current smoking status, diagnosis of diabetes or high blood pressure, and family history of premature heart attack. The UF team describes the development and validation of the tool in a paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The EZ-CVD doesn’t diagnose cardiovascular disease. Users who score in the high-risk category should share the information with their doctor so they can provide advice or treatment, as necessary....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
Colon cancer may be treated or even prevented by altering microorganisms in the intestine and by combating inflammation with a clinical treatment previously used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, findings from a study led by University of Florida researchers suggest. Inside a human gut resides trillions of microorganisms, which are collectively termed microbiota. Research has linked microbiota activity to a variety of diseases, from autism to cancer. Particularly in the gut, an abnormal microbiota can contribute to inflammation and colorectal cancer development....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
Specialty: Cancer
These days, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are everywhere — even in the hands of young adults. But because e-cigarettes are...continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
A novel clinical trial platform that aims to accelerate treatment discoveries for people battling pancreatic cancer is now enrolling patients at 15 sites nationwide, including the University of Florida Health Cancer Center. An initiative of the national nonprofit organization Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCAN, Precision Promise, began development in 2016. The UF Health Cancer Center is the only site in Florida participating in the novel clinical trial platform that hopes to ramp up treatments for patients with the aggressive form of cancer....continue reading
Published Nov 30, 2020
Specialty: Cancer, Specialty: Pulmonary and Lung Surgery
Social media is like an all-access pass — people can tap into an almost unlimited amount of information. For cancer...continue reading
Published Oct 13, 2020
Specialty: Rheumatology, Specialty: Pediatrics
Seven states do not have any pediatric rheumatologists. Florida is more fortunate, with about 17. But health experts say that relative abundance is hardly adequate in a state brimming with more than 21 million residents. Indeed, entire areas of the state go without such a specialist. The Florida Panhandle, for example, has no full-time pediatric rheumatologist....continue reading
Published Oct 13, 2020
Specialty: Nephrology
In order for there to be a gift of life, there must be a giver. Living donors are more common...continue reading

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