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Prescription drug monitoring programs not shown to affect drug overdoses

By Doug Bennett • May 21, 2018 • Lead Story

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, every state has now established a drug-monitoring database to encourage safer prescribing and to reduce abuse. Yet, there is scant evidence that such programs are having a positive effect on the...

Nobel Prize winner Michael Young delivers keynote at inaugural UF Circadian Symposium

By Bill Levesque • May 11, 2018 • Featured Articles, Lead Story

A journey that led to a Nobel Prize may have begun with a neighbor’s elegant, blooming plant back in the hazy reaches of Michael Young’s Miami childhood. The blooms opened at night, then closed in the day. Young didn’t know it...

New technique could bring earlier diagnoses for muscular dystrophy, ALS and similar disorders

By Doug Bennett • May 2, 2018 • Featured Articles, Lead Story

A new blood test could reveal the genetic roots of muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other disorders caused by the expansion of DNA repeats, potentially helping doctors diagnose their patients’ conditions...

For high school baseball pitchers, extra throws on game day add up but go uncounted

By Doug Bennett • Apr 30, 2018 • Video, Lead Story

For high school baseball pitchers, limiting throws during a game helps to prevent fatigue and injuries. But nearly half the number of pitches — ones thrown during warm-ups and in the bullpen — are typically not counted, adding...

Funding for UF pancreatic biobank grows to $23.9 million for Type 1 diabetes research

By Bill Levesque • Apr 30, 2018 • Lead Story

Researchers have discovered more than 700 ways to prevent or cure diabetes in mice. That has not, however, translated into success in treating humans with the disease. “Over 700,” said Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., the director of the...

Hope & Healing Blog

by Alisha Katz • Apr 23, 2018
This story is a follow-up to “How an artificial heart brought a bubbly baby’s smile back” that was published in January 2018. For more than half of...READ MORE

On The Same Page

Finally: A Significant Increase in NIH Funding

Apr 30, 2018

On March 23, two days after the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve a $1.3-trillion omnibus spending bill, President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. Based on the provisions contained in this bill, the budgets for nearly all U.S. science agencies will grow in 2018. In the... Read More

The POST Magazine

Time Machine

April 2018

ECMO gives medical teams a fighting chance to save lives.

Health In A Heartbeat

Survival rates lower for cardiac arrests in hospitals on nights, weekends

Apr 30, 2018

Your chances of surviving a cardiac arrest while in a hospital are worse at night and on weekends, and experts are baffled as to why. While some progress has been seen in recent years, there still is a significant gap between the off-hours to on-hours rate of survival to discharge. Investigators...

Animal Airwaves

AA Live: “Getting into Veterinary School”

Apr 20, 2018

If you or anyone in your family are considering a career in veterinary medicine, there’s a lot that you should know. The path to acceptance requires a lot of hard work, but a career in veterinary medicine can be very rewarding. On this show, Dr. Juan Samper, associate dean of academic and student...