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Category Archives: Health and Science

Child’s ‘Chocolate Bar’ Book Raises Money for Disease Research

By on February 21st, 2014 | Last updated: February 25, 2014 at 5:15 pm

An 8-year-old boy is suffering from a rare and incurable liver disease, and but his 7-year-old friend wrote a book to help him.

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Valentine’s Day Blood Drive Takes On New Meaning For Gainesville Residents

By on February 13th, 2014 | Last updated: February 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Gainesville residents host a blood drive on Valentine’s Day to honor their grandson who has leukemia.

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Air Pollution Increases Pregnant Women’s Risk for High Blood Pressure

By on February 12th, 2014 | Last updated: February 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

Air pollution may have adverse effects on pregnant women.

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Florida House Bill Proposes More Authority for Nurse Practitioners

By on February 12th, 2014 | Last updated: February 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

The bill suggests nurse practitioners be allowed to prescribe controlled substances, an action approved in 49 other states.

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Banyan Biomarkers Inc. Receives Grant to Continue Concussion Research

By on February 5th, 2014 | Last updated: February 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Local research company Banyan Biomarkers Inc. received a $300,000 grant in January that will go toward continuing studies on protein testing after head injuries. Researchers say the technology will benefit people with a high risk of frequent head trauma, such as athletes and military personnel.

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UF Researchers Help Citrus Growers Predict Early Crop Yields

By and on January 28th, 2014 | Last updated: January 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Wonsuk Lee and his research team are developing a system that could help citrus growers better determine how much their groves will yield before harvest.

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Behavioral Health Center To Open In February

By on January 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: January 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

The Behavioral Health Center will open at North Florida Regional Medical Center on Feb. 17.

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Alachua County Students Set Record for Flu Vaccination

By on January 17th, 2014 | Last updated: January 18, 2014 at 10:05 am

While other departments in Alachua County saw a spike in flu cases, the school board and its students did not.

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Q&A with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare CEO Maggie Labarta

By on January 16th, 2014 | Last updated: January 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare is a private nonprofit that aids those affected by mental illness and substance-use disorders in and around North Central Florida. Its main campus is located in Gainesville at the corner of Williston Road and Southwest 13th Street, [...]

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Brain Exercises May Improve Cognition in Older Adults

By on January 13th, 2014 | Last updated: January 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Mental exercise can provide long-lasting benefits to the minds of older adults, a University of Florida researcher Dr. Michael Marsiske found. The research was published online Monday by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

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