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Clam fishermen harvesting bags of mature clams off the coast of Cedar Key, Florida.

UF to receive nearly $10 million for new agricultural safety and health center

Published: Nov 29th, 2016

The grant will allow researchers to explore the occupational safety and health of people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and North and South Carolina.

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Nearly half of family physicians don’t follow national guidelines for prediabetes screening

Published: Nov 8th, 2016

A new study led by Dr. Arch Mainous finds that only about half of family physicians report following national guidelines for screening patients for prediabetes.

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Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

Published: Oct 28th, 2016

UF infectious disease researchers have found that a non-virulent variant of cholera has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years.

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UF researcher and collaborators win Aspen Institute Italia Award for Ebola research

Published: Oct 26th, 2016

The Aspen Institute Italia honored Dr. Ira Longini and his team for scientific research and collaboration between Italy and the United States.

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Augmenting Cognitive Training in Older Adults: The ‘ACT Study’

Published: Sep 30th, 2016

In his column “On the Same Page,” Dr. David Guzick, UF’s senior vice president for health affairs, describes a new UF grant to support research on methods to slow the process of age-associated memory loss. PHHP’s Dr. Michael Marsiske is one of three principal investigators.

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Researchers to study interaction of sleep, eating, activity in children

Published: Sep 26th, 2016

Department of clinical and health psychology researchers have launched a study examining how sleep, eating and physical activity patterns interact in children ages 6 to 9.

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Researchers use gene therapy to treat pulmonary dysfunction in Pompe disease

Published: Sep 15th, 2016

Dr. Barbara Smith and researchers at the Powell Gene Therapy Center have conducted the first in-human study of gene therapy to treat respiratory dysfunction in patients with infantile onset Pompe.

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New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti

Published: Sep 15th, 2016

Dr. John Lednicky and colleagues have identified Haiti’s first case of the Mayaro virus.

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Zika virus: Only a few small outbreaks likely to occur in the continental US

Published: Sep 13th, 2016

Writing for The Conversation, Dr. Natalie Dean, Dr. Ira Longini and colleagues project only small Zika outbreaks from mosquito transmission in the continental U.S.

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Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame

This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control.  You’ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, “fascicle”, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum”, which is seen here retracted, as the sharp “stylets” contained within pierced the host's skin surface, as the insect obtained its blood meal. The fascicle is composed of a pair of needle-sharp stylets. The larger of the two stylets, known as the "labrum", when viewed in cross-section takes on the shape of an inverted "V", and acts as a gutter, which directs the ingested host blood towards the insect's mouth. Due to the ingestion of the female’s blood meal, the translucent abdominal exoskeleton had taken on a reddish color.

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by urban Aedes mosquitos, principally A. aegypti, a species found living in close association with humans in most tropical urban areas. Mosquito biting activity is greatest in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark. It may feed all day indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast. This mosquito breeds in artificial water containers, such as discarded tires, cans, barrels, buckets, 55 gallon drums, flower vases, and cisterns, all frequently found in the domestic environment. Since 1980, the incidence of dengue has increased dramatically in tropical countries worldwide, with endemic and/or epidemic virus transmission documented in most countries of the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Africa; many countries have had multiple outbreaks. Epidemics are frequently

Non-travel Zika cases in Fla. could approach 400 by summer’s end

Published: Aug 24th, 2016

Dr. Ira Longini and colleagues also project handfuls of cases popping up from Texas to South Carolina and even Oklahoma. Photo: James Gathany/CDC