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Fatal brain disease at work well before symptoms appear

Published: June 8th, 2009

University of Florida scientists have discovered why a paralyzing brain disorder speeds along more rapidly in some patients than others — a finding that may finally give researchers an entry point toward an effective treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Experimental Parkinson’s therapy may have robust weight-loss effect

Published: March 24th, 2009

A growth factor used in clinical experiments to rescue dying brain cells in Parkinson patients may cause unwanted weight loss if delivered to specific areas of the brain, according to University of Florida researchers in the March online edition of Molecular Therapy.

The sweet spot? UF doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

Published: March 13th, 2009

Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS.

After a few drinks, older adults more impaired than they think

Published: March 5th, 2009

Older, active people who have a drink or two might be more impaired afterward than they think, according to a report today from a University of Florida research group in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Treating drug-addicted doctors is good medicine

Published: February 24th, 2009

Doctors who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs can be treated successfully and returned to medical practice with the help of special programs that couple referral to treatment and monitoring with rapid responses to noncompliance, University of Florida researchers report.

Experimental brain surgery to treat OCD – Gainesville Sun article

Published: February 24th, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of an experimental form of brain surgery to treat extreme cases of obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

Synchrotron sheds light on Parkinson’s onset – Medical Physics Web

Published: February 18th, 2009

An estimated 4 million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease – a complex neurodegenerative disorder that varies greatly among affected individuals. Better understanding of the brain chemistry that leads to the onset of this disease could ultimately contribute to improved therapeutic approaches, as well as help scientists to develop MRI-based methods of early detection and diagnosis.

New leader takes helm at UF’s Neuroscience department

New leader takes helm at UF’s Neuroscience department

Published: February 4th, 2009

Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D., has been appointed Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida College of Medicine, joining the growing ranks of women who lead basic science […]

Cellular ‘brakes’ by slow memory process in aging brains

Published: December 10th, 2008

University of Florida researchers may have discovered why some brain cells necessary for healthy memory can survive old age or disease, while similar cells hardly a hairsbreadth away die.

Obesity risk linked to history of chronic ear infections

Published: August 14th, 2008

More than 5 million children cope with the agonizing ache of ear infection annually, but a new discovery suggests damage to taste nerves caused by the common childhood ailment might increase the risk of obesity later in life, say University of Florida College of Dentistry researchers.