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UF researchers find that 'peanut butter' test can help diagnose Alzheimer's disease
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler can be used to confirm a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's disease, University of Florida Health researchers have found. Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the UF McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Stamps came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity while she was working with Dr. Kenneth Heilman, the James E. Rooks distinguished professor of neurology and health psychology in the UF College of Medicine's department of neurology.She noticed while shadowing in Heilman's clinic that patients were not tested for their sense of smell. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline. Stamps also had been working in the laboratory of Linda Bartoshuk, the William P. Bushnell presidentially endowed professor in the College of Dentistry's department of community dentistry and behavioral sciences and director of human research in the Center for Smell and Taste. https://ufhealth.org/ "Dr. Heilman said, 'If you can come up with something quick and inexpensive, we can do it,'" Stamps said. She thought of peanut butter because, she said, it is a "pure odorant" that is only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access.
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University of Florida College of Medicine Match Day 2016
Students from the University of Florida College of Medicine's class of 2016 discover where they will spend the next four years — or more — of their medical careers. #UFMatch #Match2016
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UF College of Medicine Match Day 2018
Members of the UF College of Medicine class of 2018 finally open their envelopes to discover where they will complete their residency training. #UFMatch #Match2018
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University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is the state of Florida’s only veterinary medical college and has been impacting animal, human and environmental health worldwide for more than 40 years in the areas of teaching, patient care, community service and research. As part of a leading land-grant university, the college’s joint identity as a part of UF’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the UF Health Science Center (UF Health) has created unique opportunities for collaboration and academic advancement in clinical patient care and in the biomedical sciences. The college and the UF Veterinary Hospitals are at the forefront of health care for large, small and exotic animals as well as endangered species and niche areas such as shelter medicine and aquatic animal health. Key areas of focus in the biomedical sciences include immunology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. The college is also a leader in educational innovations such as the use of synthetic canine models in teaching laboratories and in the cross-disciplinary initiative of One Health, campuswide and among veterinary medical colleges nationwide.
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Little horses make a big difference in patients' recovery
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― They're small and cute with fuzzy manes and click-clacking hooves, but perhaps most importantly, miniature horses are now helping patients recover from illnesses and injuries at Shands Rehab Hospital. Training sessions with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses are the newest form of therapy at the hospital and have become a staple for patients on Wednesday afternoons. "No one plans to go to rehab," said Andrea Gilbert, a Shands staff occupational therapist. "Life threw a curveball, and now everything is hard. But the horses give (our patients) a reason to smile." An activity session entails a horse and a person working together to achieve similar goals. The pair practices walking over different surfaces, going up and down stairs, and working on focus and balance skills.
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Conjoined twins connected at the heart and liver successfully separated at UF Health
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Conjoined twin girls who were connected at the heart and other organs have been successfully separated in an extremely rare surgery performed by physicians at University Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital. The girls, who were born at UF Health Shands Hospital in April and separated in June, each had their own complete set of organs but were attached at the liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart, called a thoraco-omphalopagus connection. Their hearts were the most critical element of the separation, according to Mark Bleiweis, M.D., chief of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular surgery at UF Health and the surgeon who performed the heart separation. The twins shared a connection at the upper chamber of the heart, called the atrium, where blood enters the heart. “It was a really complex connection because it was close to very important veins in the hearts of both babies,” Bleiweis said. “In the world, there have not been many successful separations with a cardiac connection. It became a very challenging planning process for us, and, ultimately, a challenging separation.”
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University of Florida Medical School Graduation Ceremony 2010
Just as 49 classes did before them, the 130 members of the UF College of Medicine class of 2010 received their degrees and took the Hippocratic Oath as new medical doctors in the colleges 50th commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 22. This years milestone graduation overflowed with emotion and enthusiasm as six members from the colleges first class led the procession into the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and sat onstage to help celebrate the colleges 50th graduating class.
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UF veterinary students advance surgery skills using synthetic canine cadavers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida veterinary medical students are implementing some of the most advanced technology in the world by using the first-ever synthetic canine cadavers in a surgery lab. The canine models, which bleed and even have a pulse, have all of the bones, muscles, relevant organs and vascular components found in actual dogs. Made from a library of more than 100 synthetic materials that mimic actual living tissue in terms of mechanical properties, densities and other properties, the model “is an actual synthetic animal with all of the relevant body systems, with a heart that actually pumps synthetic blood through the core, organs and limbs,” said Christopher Sakezles, president of SynDaver Labs, which makes synthetic human cadavers as training aids in human medicine. “It can be intubated and ventilated.” The UF College of Veterinary Medicine bought 25 of the true-to-life models last year after talks with SynDaver Labs. Initially, a team including the college’s executive director, John Haven, and UF small animal surgeons J. Brad Case, D.V.M., and Stanley Kim, B.V.Sc., visited the company’s headquarters in Tampa to discuss whether the company could create a canine abdominal model that veterinary medical students could use in surgery courses as an alternative to canine cadavers. “During the visit, we showed them our current human technology and I suggested building the full dog, because, why not?” said Sakezles. Further discussions then ensued with the UF surgeons to tweak the model’s design. “We gave them a list of specific features we wanted to see in the model,” said Kim, an assistant professor of small animal surgery at UF. “They then built a prototype and brought it up for us to test. We tested and provided feedback on three or four iterations of the model before the final product was created.” The students who participated in the first lab on Nov. 29 were seniors enrolled in an advanced surgery course. Two labs were held in different time slots on that day with students stationed in teams at different work tables. The class was given a series of abdominal surgical procedures to perform — a splenectomy and a liver biopsy were on the list but other types of procedures will be covered in the future — with audiovisual monitors installed on walls above each station as teaching aids. Chris Alling, a senior UF veterinary medical student who participated in the lab, said the models were helpful from a student’s perspective because all of the typical pressures of surgery, including blood loss, anesthesia maintenance and asepsis, are removed, or at least mitigated. “Of course, we still do our best to maintain sterile technique and limit hemorrhage, but when errors are made, we don’t experience the same level of anxiety as if we had endangered a living, breathing patient,” Alling said. “This allows us to focus more fully on the surgical techniques themselves, which ultimately builds confidence for when we will be eventually faced with real cases.” The models are compatible with all known surgical instruments and imaging techniques. “I thought the lab went spectacularly,” said Case, who assisted in teaching the class. “I think it was great that the seniors got the first shot and were able to do the more advanced procedures. That said, I think the sophomores this spring will love being able to perform their first-ever mock spay procedure in a SynDaver canine versus through the historic use of cadavers. I am really looking forward to that.” Kim added that he felt “very fortunate” to be a part of the team that delivered this experience to the students. “It may turn out to be one of my biggest contributions to veterinary medicine,” he said. “Simulation is the way of the future for surgical training in both the human and veterinary fields, and in helping to develop this model, we at UF are leading the way in simulation veterinary surgery.” -30- The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is supported through funding from UF Health and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. ------------------------------------------ For more UF Health news and events, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UFHealthNews or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UFHealthNews Recent UF Health news releases are available at https://ufhealth.org/news A guide to UF Health experts is available at http://www.experts.ufl.edu/
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University of Florida Small Animal Hospital
The Small Animal Hospital offers medical and surgical care for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets. Sophisticated diagnostic imaging capabilities, modern surgical suites, an intensive care unit and a spectrum of cutting edge technologies assist our clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of difficult and complex diseases in your pet. Our veterinarians are among the best in the world, and most importantly, they hold your pet's well-being as their top priority.
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Large Animal Hospital at the University of Florida
The Large Animal Hospital is an integral part of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, serving as a major animal referral center not only for the Southeastern United States but for patients sent to us from across the US and as far away as Europe and South America.
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Art Without Boundaries at Al'z Place
Al'z Place provides care for people age 18+ with Alzheimer's disease or severe memory impairment. The adult program is available five days per week, eight hours per day. Therapeutic activities include physical exercise; active and quiet games; reminiscence; validation therapy; and other failure-free activities. These services are available through ElderCare of Alachua County which is a program at UF Health Shands. Once a year, the Noelle Hammer, founder of Art Without Boundaries, comes to Al'z Place to work with the people there. Through MnemeTherapy, they create beautiful paintings together, which are later auctioned off at the annual Moonlight and Martinis event benefitting Al'z Place. For more information about Al'z Place, please visit ElderCare.UFHealth.org. For more information about the Moonlight and Martinis event, please visit MoonlightandMartinis.org.
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Austin's story
It seemed as if it would be a completely ordinary holiday, that Thanksgiving in 2009. John and Michele Streitmatter were at home near Tampa with their three young sons. Dinner was on the table and a family memory was in the making. But it was not the memory they expected. During the meal, the middle son, Austin, continually moved his leg and had trouble sitting. He wouldn't have been the first 8-year-old to ever fidget at the table, but this was different — his body was moving on its own.
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UF College of Medicine Match Day 2017
Members of the UF College of Medicine class of 2017 finally open the envelopes containing their futures and celebrate with loved ones. #MATCH2017
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How Sport Motion Analysis Can Help You
Try out the motion capture movie animation technology to see how your body and joints move during your sport. UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute creates a 3D moving model of you during sports such as running, volleyball, football, baseball,lacrosse and more. We can see if there are specific areas of your joint motion that can be optimized for better performance, that can be adjusted to prevent injury or to help you track progress after injury. We compare your test to competitive or elite athletes in your sport. Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute 352-273-7371 www.ufsportsperformance.com https://ufhealth.org/
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A Dying Orphan Gets a New Family and Help from UF Health Surgeon
Doug and Lori McCary adopted a young girl from China that suffers from hypoplastic right heart syndrome. The McCary's discover the UF Health Congenital Heart Center and surgeon Dr. Bleiweis can help give their newest family member a chance to live life like never before. Alachua American Heart Association Honors Mark Bleiweis UF Health Congenital Heart Center Director Mark Bleiweis, MD, was the 2015 honoree at the Alachua American Heart Association Heart Ball. Bleiweis was honored for his work at UF Health and caring for some of the sickest babies and children in Florida and across the country affected by congenital and acquired heart disease. “Dr. Bleiweis is a gifted surgeon,” said F. Jay Fricker, MD, medical director for the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, and a member of the search committee that selected Bleiweis in 2005. “In more than four decades in pediatric cardiology, I have never experienced any cardiovascular surgeon who is technically better. He is always available to his patients and their families. Dr. Bleiweis is deserving of this honor. I will be forever indebted to him for coming to UF Health and allowing me to experience the miracles that happen in our hospital every day.”
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Scrutinizing salamanders to study scarring in humans
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The axolotl, a type of salamander, can regenerate lost limbs, regrow its own spinal cord and dodge cancer — which is why University of Florida researchers have created the tools to study how the axolotl’s blood works to heal itself, according to a study published online recently in the journal Blood. Axolotls have extraordinary regenerative properties, said Ed Scott, Ph.D., a UF Health researcher and a professor in the UF College of Medicine department of molecular genetics and microbiology. He is using axolotls to study how humans might heal without scars after surgery. “When axolotls are young and still living together in nature, it seems like their favorite snack is their siblings’ appendages,” Scott said. “They just nibble them off and they grow right back. They don’t even know they were missing.” To study blood at the site of regeneration, researchers are examining green axolotls developed to have fluorescent red blood and red axolotls developed to have green blood. The researchers can follow the contrasting blood color to the site of regeneration and pull blood cells from that site to study what kind of healing proteins are present. Axolotls also seem unable to develop cancer. In the 1940s and 1950s, papers were published examining what happened when axolotls were exposed to carcinogens, Scott said. They grew an extra arm or leg but never developed cancer. Mammals can, of course, develop cancer, and lose their ability to regenerate as they age, Scott said. “In human beings, they can do in-utero surgeries on growing babies and the babies are born without scars. When kids are very, very young, they can cut their finger back to the first knuckle and it will grow back,” Scott said. “But by the time you’re an adult, if you get down to the nail bed, that’s where regeneration stops.” In all animals, blood is responsible for repairing the body, Scott said. Red cells carry oxygen and nutrients to cells, whereas white blood cells monitor and repair damaged cells. In mammals, proteins in the blood help injuries scab and scar over very quickly, said Malcolm Maden, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biology. This is beneficial: It keeps mammals from dying from infection, Maden said. “There’s something different about the blood cell formation in axolotls,” Maden said. “They’re obviously healthy creatures living in fungus- and bacteria-infested waters. So they must have a different way of keeping the nasty things at bay while they are healing.” Usually a speckled, brown-green color, the axolotl used in research is a naturally occurring mutant with white skin. Their internal organs — and, in this case, blood — can be visible, making the study of regeneration much easier. “You can see all the green cells zooming to the site of damage, and then ask, ‘Is this a special population of blood cells that accumulate here?’” Maden said. “Thanks to having green blood in a white animal, now you can observe the blood cells taking part in the process of wound healing, then pluck them out, purify them and understand what’s going on much better than you could before.” Scott said axolotls, mice and humans all share similar cells, but the cells behave differently. “Maybe the axolotls are expressing different genes in healing in a different pattern, and that might make all the difference between scarring and regeneration,” Scott said. “In this way, we have two animals — axolotls and mice — that have very similar genes and cells, and now we can just directly compare them. It becomes one of those old Hocus Focus comics where you have to find the differences. Maybe those differences are key differences for regeneration.” Next, the researchers hope to study why diseases such as cancer don’t spread in the axolotl.
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University of Florida Emergency Medicine Tour Of Emergency Department
Medical students can get a behind the scenes look at the University of Florida's emergency medicine program.
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Novel compounds kill biofilms, may eliminate persistent bacterial infections
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida have developed potent new compounds with aquatic origins that may offer relief for the 17 million American affected by biofilm-associated bacterial infections annually. The series of compounds known as the halogenated phenazines, or HPs, can kill dangerous bacterial biofilms present in recurring and chronic bacterial infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. The discovery may one day offer a cure for persistent bacterial infections that are largely resistant to conventional antibiotic treatments. “Using synthetic chemistry, we have developed a series of marine antibiotic-inspired molecules that target a problem conventional antibiotics are unable to address because cells housed within bacterial biofilms are tolerant of them,” said Robert Huigens, Ph.D., an assistant professor medicinal chemistry at the UF College of Pharmacy, a part of UF Health, and lead investigator of a study published in the Angewandte Chemie journal’s online edition. “We have been aware that biofilms greatly contribute to infections over the past 20 years, but there are no biofilm-eradicating therapeutic agents available. Discovering and developing potent biofilm-killing agents is the first step toward eradicating biofilms in patients.” Biofilms are bacterial communities that accumulate and attach to surfaces, including live tissues in humans. The bacterial cluster is often slow or non-growing, encased in a protective layer of diverse biological molecules that form a ‘slime,’ and displays tolerance to every known class of antibiotic treatments available. Biofilm infections affect almost every tissue in the body, and without a way to eliminate the biofilm, chronic and sometimes fatal infections develop over time. Common biofilm infections include pneumonia in cystic fibrosis patients, chronic wounds and implant- and catheter-associated infections.
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Owen’s Story - Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Minutes after his birth, Owen was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that required immediate and lifesaving care from the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital congenital heart team. He was born with transposition of the great arteries, meaning his two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart – the aorta and the pulmonary artery – were switched. He had two heart surgeries to repair his heart and make it function as normal as possible. The donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals truly save kids’ lives, just like Owen’s!
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UF Health Surgeon Gives Baby Born with Half a Heart a Fighting Chance for Survival
Mauricio Hernandez and his wife Martiza de Jesus share their story of hope after an ultrasound reveled their child has hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Alachua American Heart Association Honors Mark Bleiweis UF Health Congenital Heart Center Director Mark Bleiweis, MD, was the 2015 honoree at the Alachua American Heart Association Heart Ball. Bleiweis was honored for his work at UF Health and caring for some of the sickest babies and children in Florida and across the country affected by congenital and acquired heart disease. “Dr. Bleiweis is a gifted surgeon,” said F. Jay Fricker, MD, medical director for the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, and a member of the search committee that selected Bleiweis in 2005. “In more than four decades in pediatric cardiology, I have never experienced any cardiovascular surgeon who is technically better. He is always available to his patients and their families. Dr. Bleiweis is deserving of this honor. I will be forever indebted to him for coming to UF Health and allowing me to experience the miracles that happen in our hospital every day.”
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University of Florida Internal Medicine Residency Program
A behind the scenes look at UF's Internal Medicine Residency Program in Gainesville, Florida. For more information, please visit http://medicine.ufl.edu/.
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UF College of Pharmacy – Jacksonville
Students attending the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Jacksonville campus love living in the vibrant city surrounded by more than 20 miles of pristine beaches. Jacksonville offers many cultural, recreational and sports activities that appeal to many UF pharmacy students, including the Riverside Arts Market and Jacksonville Jaguars’ football games. Located minutes from downtown, the College of Pharmacy campus is connected to UF Health Jacksonville, a major academic medical center with more than 3,500 medical professionals and staff. Being a part of a hospital campus connects pharmacy students to the medical field and is a critical component to UF providing a world-class pharmacy education. For more information about the UF College of Pharmacy’s Jacksonville campus, visit http://pharmacy.ufl.edu/education/doctor-of-pharmacy-degree-pharmd/entry-level-pharmd/jacksonville-campus/
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Florida coastal seaweed could help the body fend off cancers and inflammatory diseases
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new defense against prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the United States, may come from a seaweed found off the coast of Florida. University of Florida pharmacy researchers have screened various seaweeds with cancer-preventive potential and identified one that shows particular promise. They isolated specific compounds in this common green alga, known as sea lettuce, and undertook studies to understand exactly how they work. Their findings, published Sept. 4 in Cancer Prevention Research, show how the species may protect multiple organs from disease and may be particularly effective in preventing prostate cancer. Sea lettuce is commonly consumed in Asian countries where the risk of prostate cancer is low, but there have been no rigorous studies to verify the correlation, said Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the UF College of Pharmacy, a part of UF Health. Luesch's marine natural products laboratory offers the first investigation of this seaweed's cellular functions, revealing specific mechanisms that contribute to its anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties and identifying its active chemical ingredients. "We now have scientific evidence that this seaweed raises the body's antioxidant defense system and therefore might potentially prevent a number of diseases, including cancer," said Luesch. "This mechanism appears to be most relevant to prostate cancer." Scientists have long believed that seaweeds, a staple of Asian diets, may lower cancer risk in Western populations. When Luesch investigated at the molecular level, he identified key factors that support the hypothesis, including which seaweeds might provide the most protection. https://ufhealth.org/ http://pharmacy.ufl.edu/
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UF Veterinarians Repair An Endangered Florida Panther's Broken Leg
A 9-month old female Florida panther was brought to the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital by FWC veterinarians to repair a broken leg. The panther was hit by a car in Collier County in May and was recovering at White Oak Conservation Center when the animal re-injured her leg. https://ufhealth.org/ http://smallanimal.vethospital.ufl.edu/
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When Stroke Strikes Young
Healthy and active Barbie Diaz suffered a stroke at age 18 while driving on Gainesville's Archer Road, causing her to hit a car. Diaz was immediately in the care of the UF Stroke Program team and physicians within UF's neurosciences who diagnosed Diaz with a rare disease called Takayasu's arteritis. She is healthy at age 20. ---- Check out why the UF neurosurgeons are nationally and internationally renowned in the new annual report for Department of Neurosurgery. Visit the iTunes store and search for "A Case for Quality" to download our free iBook for the iPad, which contains videos and stories about some our patients. --- Learn more about Takayasu Arteritis at: https://ufandshands.org/takayasu-arteritis Visit us at http://neurosurgery.ufl.edu/
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Kidney transplant patient experience at UF Health Shands Transplant Center : Part II
The team at UF Health Shands Transplant Center helps a patient prepare for his kidney transplant. Follow his pre- and post-transplant journey here: find out what to expect during the process and see how kidney transplantation changes quality of life. Lung Transplant Center ufhealth.org/transplant-center/kidney 855-5-TRANSPLANT https://ufhealth.org/
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UF researchers find cancer-fighting properties in papaya tea
GAINESVILLE, FL. — The humble papaya is gaining credibility in Western medicine for anticancer powers that folk cultures have recognized for generations. University of Florida researcher Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Japan have documented papayas dramatic anticancer effect against a broad range of lab-grown tumors, including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas. The researchers used an extract made from dried papaya leaves, and the anticancer effects were stronger when cells received larger doses of the tea.
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Lower-Carb Diet Slows Growth of Aggressive Brain Tumor
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Health researchers have slowed down a notoriously aggressive type of brain tumor in mouse models by using a low-carbohydrate diet. A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that included a coconut oil derivative helped reduce the growth of glioblastoma tumor cells and extended lifespan in mouse models by 50 percent, researchers found. The results were published recently in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. Glioblastoma is the most common brain tumor in adults. There is no effective long-term treatment and patients usually live for 12 to 15 months after diagnosis, according to the National Cancer Institute. The findings are a new twist on an old idea: The so-called ketogenic diet has been used for nearly 90 years to help reduce epileptic seizures. Now, a high-fat, low-carbohydrate version of the ketogenic diet has been shown to slow glioblastoma tumors by cutting back the energy supply they need to thrive, said Brent Reynolds, Ph.D., a professor in the department of neurosurgery in the UF College of Medicine. A glioblastoma tumor requires large amounts of energy as it grows, and the the dietary intervention works by drastically limiting the tumor’s supply of glucose, Reynolds said.
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Tionna Moore
In the Fall of 2014, 9-year-old Tionna Moore started complaining of a stomach ache. Every time her parents, Tedrick and Shamani Moore, took her to her pediatrician, the answer was always the same, it’s a stomach bug, and she’ll get better soon. After hearing that repeatedly, Shamani was in search of a solution. She took Tionna to the UF Health Pediatric E.R. on October 1, 2014. That trip turned into a 378-day hospital stay, something her family could have never imagined.
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Fostering young service dogs a labor of puppy love for UF students
Every morning, Morgan Montaudo — a University of Florida health science senior on the pre-occupational therapy track — puts on her backpack, heads toward the door and then turns to her wagging golden retriever to ask, “Do you want to be a service dog today?” Montaudo, 23, and her classmate Emily Kartiganer, 22, each foster a golden retriever for New Horizons Service Dogs — a nonprofit organization headquartered in Central Florida that pairs service dogs with people with disabilities, including those who have brain or spinal cord injuries such as cerebral palsy, children who have autism or military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. Montaudo's foster dog, Biscotti, and Kartiganer's foster dog, Hawkeye, accompany the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions students everywhere they go, including to classes, restaurants and football games. Hawkeye was even featured on the big screen at a University of Florida gymnastics meet.
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A Diet for Patients with Crohn’s and Colitis
New research is suggesting that the foods we eat can change the environment of the gut and that some dietary patterns will aid in healing the gastrointestinal inflammation that patients with Crohn’s and Colitis experience. Making these changes can be difficult, but this video shows two patients who feel the changes are worth it and that they are doable. Visit UF Health https://ufhealth.org/ UF Health Youtube www.youtube.com/user/UFHealthScience UF Health Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UFHealth UF Health Twitter https://twitter.com/UFHealth
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UF Health Trauma Center Patient Hayley Lewis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In June, Hayley Lewis nearly lost her life when the all-terrain vehicle she was riding crashed, causing the four-wheeler to land on top of her. UF Health ShandsCair flew Lewis, 19, from the site of the crash in Hamilton County, which sits on the Florida-Georgia border, to the Level 1 trauma center at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. There, staff members from the UF Health Shands Trauma Center worked to save Lewis’s life and teamed with neurology and neurosurgery experts to treat her for the traumatic brain injury she suffered in the accident. “They didn’t think I would survive the helicopter ride,” says Lewis, who is now back with her family in Lake City, Florida. “I feel like I am doing super well for someone with my prognosis at the beginning.” As the UF Health Shands Trauma Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, her story of survival and recovery is not unique. Lewis is just one of 24,000 patients who have been treated at the center since it opened a decade ago. Visit UF Health https://ufhealth.org/ UF Health Youtube www.youtube.com/user/UFHealthScience UF Health Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UFHealth UF Health Twitter https://twitter.com/UFHealth
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Patient gets ‘bionic eye’ vision system during UF Health’s first retinal implant
More than two decades ago, doctors could do nothing for Walfre Lopez as his vision faded away due to a degenerative eye disease. Now, a revolutionary artificial-vision procedure done at University of Florida Health has given Lopez a new window to the world. Early this year, Lopez got what he calls a “bionic eye” — a microelectrode array implanted in the retina. The electrode takes over the function of damaged retinal cells, sending signals to a special pair of glasses that allows Lopez to see shapes and contrasting images. Lopez is the first patient to receive the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System at UF Health, one of 18 implant sites in the United States. Gibran Khurshid, M.D., is the first retina surgeon at UF Health to have expertise in this area. Lopez, 46, was in his early 20s when he lost his sight to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that destroys light-sensitive cells in the back of the eye. It affects about one in 4,000 people in the United States and worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute.
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Benefits of mental exercises for seniors persist 10 years after training
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older adults who received as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning and speed of processing skills 10 years after the intervention, according to UF Health researchers with the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE, study. The study findings appear today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Our prior research suggested that the benefits of the training could last up to five years, or even seven years, but no one had ever reported 10-year maintenance in mental training in older adults," said ACTIVE researcher Michael Marsiske, Ph.D., an associate professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. "One of the reasons that this is surprising has to do with how little training we did with participants, about 10 to 18 sessions. This would be like going to the gym for between five and 10 weeks, never going again, and still seeing positive effects a decade later."
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ShandsCair at Shands at the University of Florida
ShandsCair is the critical care transport system of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. We strive to deliver excellence in patient care during transport, utilizing specialized teams, vehicles and equipment. Our objective is to improve patient outcome. ShandsCair provides transport and specialized care by way of fixed wing aircraft, helicopter and ground ambulance. The ShandsCair helicopter transports patients from prehospital scenes within a 75 mile radius. Community hospital emergency rooms and ICU's up to a 120 mile radius are also serviced by helicopter. Fixed wing service range is a 350 mile radius and covers the southeastern United States. Care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is coordinated through the ShandsCair Communication Center.
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Deep-sea bacteria could help neutralize greenhouse gas
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A bacteria plucked from the bottom of the ocean could be put to work neutralizing large amounts of industrial carbon dioxide, a group of UF Health researchers has found. Carbon dioxide, a major contributor to the buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases, can be captured and neutralized in a process known as sequestration. But converting the carbon dioxide into a harmless compound requires a durable, heat tolerant enzyme. That’s where the bacteria studied by UF Health researchers come into play. The bacteria — Thiomicrospira crunogena — produce carbonic anhydrase, an enzyme that helps break down carbon dioxide in organisms. So what makes the deep-sea bacteria so attractive? It lives in hydrothermal vents, so the enzyme it produces is accustomed to high temperatures. That’s exactly what’s needed for the enzyme to work during the process of reducing industrial carbon dioxide, said Robert McKenna, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry and microbiology in the UF College of Medicine. “This little critter has evolved to deal with those problems. It has already adapted to some of the conditions it would face in an industrial setting,” he said. The findings by the McKenna’s group, which included graduate research assistant Brian Mahon and graduate student Avni Bhatt, were published recently in the journal Biological Crystallography. The chemistry of sequestering works this way: The enzyme, carbonic anhydrase, catalyzes a chemical reaction of carbon dioxide and water. The carbon dioxide interacts with the enzyme, converting the greenhouse gas into bicarbonate. The bicarbonate can then be further processed into products such as baking soda and chalk.
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University of Florida College of Medicine Match Day 2014
Students from the UF College of Medicine's class of 2014 discover's where they will spend the next four years — or more — of their medical careers. http://med.ufl.edu/
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Why Choose UF DPT?
Current Doctor of Physical Therapy students discuss why they chose to attend the University of Florida.
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Lung cancer survivor shares his story.
Lung cancer survivor and UF&Shands patient Ben Whitehead shares the story of his own lung cancer journey and offers insight on the beauty of life after lung cancer.
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Researcher finds key clues about “betel nut” addiction that plagues millions worldwide
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For hundreds of millions of people around the world, chewing betel nut produces a cheap, quick high but also raises the risk of addiction and oral cancer. Now, new findings by a University of Florida Health researcher reveal how the nut’s psychoactive chemical works in the brain and suggest that an addiction treatment may already exist. The betel nut, a seed of the areca palm, is grown and used throughout India, parts of China and much of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia and most of the Pacific islands. Chewing the betel quid — a mixture of areca nut, spices and slaked lime wrapped in betel vine leaves — has been a cultural tradition in those regions for centuries. In small doses, it creates a sense of euphoria and alertness. Prolonged use can create addiction and the World Health Organization classifies the betel nut as a carcinogen. Findings published today (Oct. 21) in the journal PLOS One show that the nut’s active ingredient, arecoline, acts on the same receptor proteins in the brain as nicotine. This raises the possibility that prescription drugs now used to break nicotine dependence could also be effective against betel nut addiction, said Roger L. Papke, Ph.D., a professor in the UF College of Medicine department of pharmacology and therapeutics. “Without knowing why people become dependent, there was no way to help them get over the dependence. This provides a new avenue toward treating the addiction,” Papke said. The implications of learning more about the nature of betel nut addiction are vast: One estimate puts the number of regular users at 200 million to 600 million, and betel nut is widely regarded as the world’s fourth most-used stimulant after caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
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Cooling blanket helping to save babies from brain damage.
Kalipay Acevedo wasn't due to have her baby for another month, when one sleepy Sunday morning recently she felt her stomach drop. No pain. No contractions. She was just gushing blood. Her husband, Miguel, called the ambulance to their Tampa home. Kalipay passed out on the way to the hospital. She had had a placental abruption, a condition in which the placenta detaches prematurely from the uterus. The resulting loss of oxygen and glucose to the baby's brain caused a condition called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Doctors quickly delivered baby Sianna Marie Acevedo by Caesarean section. But she wasn't breathing. In fact, she didn't breathe for about 14 minutes. Her little heart pumped at just 30 beats a minute — much slower than the 100 to 160 beats a minute considered normal for newborns. She was pale and wasn't moving. "I broke down. I thought I had lost my child," Miguel Acevedo says. Within the hour, Sianna was on her way by helicopter to Shands at UF. There, neonatologist Michael Weiss, M.D., and his team in the neonatal intensive care unit have been using a body cooling technique to try to stave off damage to the brains of babies like Sianna. Weiss and his team started quickly to carry out the procedure, called systemic hypothermia. They placed the baby on a pad attached to a temperature control machine, cooling her body to about 7 degrees Fahrenheit lower than normal body temperature for 72 hours. EEG electrodes attached to her head allowed monitoring of her brain activity patterns that could give clues about how she will fare after the treatment. A cerebral saturation monitor, connected to the lead on the baby's forehead, gave Weiss an idea of blood flow to the brain. UF is one of the few institutions to use this monitor and one of the few in the state to offer the cooling procedure.
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Family travels from Russia to the University of Florida for baby's lifesaving surgery
David Kays, M.D., a pediatric surgeon at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, treated Russian mom Elena Akmanova's newborn after the baby was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a condition that prevents proper development of the lungs.
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Dr. Maryam Rahman, UF Health Neurosurgeon
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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
The aorta is the largest artery, transporting blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An aneurysm located in the chest is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm. There are two types of surgical repairs for a thoracic aortic aneurysm: open repair or minimally invasive repair (endovascular repair). This video shows how surgeons at UF Health perform a minimally invasive repair of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the descending aorta.
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Courtney’s Story - Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Courtney was diagnosed with stage 5 Retinoblastoma in her right eye in February of 2013. After three round of chemotherapy treatments her doctors decided it would be safest to remove her eye to make sure the cancer did not spread. She is now a health 8 year old who loves to dance and play soccer! Courtney has received the best follow up care and treatments needed to keep her health here at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Thanks to donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals kids like Courtney are able to follow their dreams.
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UF Health Department of Emergency Medicine Residency
The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida Gainesville is an independent academic department within the College of Medicine. With the substantial infrastructure and resources from the State's Flagship University dedicated to the missions of research and education, we are committed to training medical students and residents to become superior well-rounded clinicians that have the skills to become educators, researchers, and leaders in emergency medicine. Visit ED emergency.med.ufl.edu Visit UF Health ufhealth.org UF Health Youtube www.youtube.com/user/UFHealthScience UF Health Facebook www.facebook.com/UFHealth UF Health Twitter twitter.com/UFHealth
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How Far Can you Go? Push Yourself in the Maximal Fitness Test
Knowing your maximal aerobic capacity, called your "VO2 max" is very helpful for tracking fitness levels over time, and choosing workouts that are the right intensity to meet your goals. You exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle at progressively higher intensity until you reach your maximum physical effort. UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute can help you fine tune exercise programs, give guidance on ways to increase fitness or your submaximal fitness zones for better performance or better health. We can also measure your blood lactate for identification of the training intensity when your body shifts to using more carbohydrates for energy than fats. Come learn about your maximal performance! Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute 352-273-7371 www.ufsportsperformance.com https://ufhealth.org/
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