This story was originally published as a UF Health in a Heartbeat radio piece.

You’ve been stalking nail art for months on Pinterest, and you tried unsuccessfully to give yourself a Katy Perry-inspired manicure. And then find yourself in the nail polish aisle of a drugstore, debating which hue looks best.

But before you pick out that perfect shade, know that about half of the nail polishes in the Environmental Working Group’s database contain a chemical that could be toxic. The chemical is called triphenyl (try- fen-el) phosphate, or TPP for short. It’s used in some nail polishes and manicuring products to increase their flexibility and durability, and it can also help the polish stick to your nails. Typically, TPP is used to make products like furniture cushions less flammable.

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This story was originally published in The POST, a UF Health publication.

When Alice Holmes, Ph.D., programs a child’s cochlear implant, the room is full of tears.

Cochlear implants, medical devices that replicate the function of the inner ear, help people whose inner ears have been damaged to hear again.

This story was originally published in The POST, a UF Health publication.

Before coming to the University of Florida, Robert Navarro, Pharm.D., lived on a sailboat for three years.

“I wanted to know what it would be like to have a sailboat as the only home I had,” he said. “And so I convinced my wife to sell our house, sell our car. We kept the dog.”

This story was originally published in The POST, a UF Health publication.

Susan Robell has been treated for gingivitis all her life.

That’s why she went to an Oak Hammock seminar called “Floss for Your Life: the Connection Between Dental Plaque and Systemic Health,” which was given through Oak Hammock’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. At the seminar, which was taught by Ann Progulske-Fox, Ph.D., the director of the department of oral biology program in the UF College of Dentistry, Robell learned about how gingivitis can affect a person’s overall health.

This story was originally published on UF Health’s blog.

The ring once reserved for bull nostrils has made its way onto celebrities such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Sporting septum piercings, the hoop that goes in between a person’s nostrils, has become a trend.

Like all trends though, be wary before you take the plunge. Here’s what you should know:

This story was originally published in The POST, a UF Health publication.

When Ann Horgas, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, found out, she was driving her car. It was Friday, at 4:45 p.m.

Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, was in her office. She screamed with joy.

This story was originally published on WUFT’s website.

Florida schools are suspending fewer students.

According to Florida Department of Education data, Florida K-12 school suspensions are at a three-year low.  During the 2011-2012 school year, more than 425,600 students were suspended.  That dropped to fewer than 371,500 students in the 2013-2014 school year.