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Man with revoked medical license was treating patients

An Ocala man, who had his medical license revoked 15 years ago, has been arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Yaser Hasan Loufti, also known as Doctor Lou, had been practicing chelation, which cleanses the blood of heavy metals. Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Judge Cochran says Loufti’s patients …

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Five Points of Life race raises awareness

Runners from 21 different states and Canada are coming to Gainesville this weekend for the annual Five Points of Life Race. Five Points of Life Foundation Director Brite Whitaker says the focus is on educating participants and spectators alike on the importance of donating blood, marrow, and tissue. “Donations are …

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Bringing back the fragrance of roses

If you’ve ever wondered why a sweet smell isn’t emanating from the fresh bouquet of roses sitting on your counter, then you’re not alone. As WUFT’s Courtenay Tucker reports, local researchers believe they found the fix. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fragrantflowers.mp3]

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UF researchers say surgical breast biopsies overused in Florida

Your doctor breaks the horrible news to you: You may have breast cancer. It hits you like a brick and then you begin thinking about all the surgical procedures and radiation you will have to undergo in order to try and beat the cancer. But, what if there was an option to help you avoid unecessary surgical breast biopsies? University of Florida researchers at Shands Hospital have an important message for women facing breast biopsies. Dr. Stephen Grobmyer, Associate Professor of Surgery at UF, says invasive surgeries can be limited by an equally effective procedure called a needle biopsy. He spoke with WUFT’s Laura McKeeman.

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Making strides with children with autism

While some disorders seem far from having a cure, researchers have made some recent discoveries on how to work with autistic children to give them more success. University of Florida researchers with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders are researching the use of intensive behavior therapy. But as Trishna …

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