UCF Study Finds Gene Variant Increases Risk for Depression

UCF Study Finds Gene Variant Increases Risk for Depression

A University of Central Florida study has found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression. People with apolipoprotein-E4, called ApoE4 for short, have a 20 percent greater chance of developing clinically significant depressive symptoms later in life compared to those who […]

New UCF-Created Program Gets Seniors, Kids Exercising Together

A new program that gets seniors and children exercising together is happening in the community thanks to two physical-therapy faculty members at the University of Central Florida. Grow and Play is an eight-week program designed by Jennifer Tucker and Nicole Dawson that pairs seniors averaging 80 years old and children averaging 9 years old to […]

UCF Training to Help Prevent Serious Substance Misuse

Licensed mental health professionals and other health care providers will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in August. The School of Social Work will host a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment training from 1 to 4 p.m., August 11 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. Participants must register by August 4. SBIRT […]

Undersea Life Holds Promise for Killing Tuberculosis

A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida has discovered a potential new weapon in the fight against tuberculosis, and it lives in the Little Mermaid’s realm. UCF graduate student Carolina Rodrigues Felix led the study in UCF Assistant Professor Kyle Rohde’s lab. Through a partnership with Research Professor Amy Wright of the […]

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Hearts for the Homeless Orlando

The “Hearts for the Homeless Orlando” movement was born when the three honors students learned that hypertension is one of the leading causes of death among homeless people. Every Monday and Tuesday evening, they set up tables, chairs and blood-pressure monitors in a parking lot behind downtown’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where more than 50 homeless people regularly gather there for meals provided by Straight Street Orlando and other charitable groups.