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UF researchers to test method for predicting complications in trauma patients

University of Florida researchers have received a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to verify the effectiveness of a new genomic screening method that could help predict possible infections and complications in patients with severe traumatic injuries. These complications, which often appear in the lungs and…

Defying the odds, motorcycle accident survivor returns to the life he loves

Michael Gracy (center), his wife and two daughters presented a plaque in early 2013 to of UF Health clinicians who helped save his life. Michael Gracy’s life nearly ended one Friday afternoon in November 2010. Then 68, Gracy had just left work at his Gainesville office of the financial services…

Room for improvement in mouse models, UF surgical investigators say

UF researchers co-authored two recently published journal articles that may reform scientists’ use of a staple in medical research: the mouse model. One article describes a series of studies by researchers from 16 different institutions that examined genomic, responses to several serious health threats in mice and in people. What…

Ready for anything

The Level I trauma centers at Shands at UF and Shands Jacksonville are always prepared to treat the most severe injuries, thanks to multidisciplinary teams of employees that keep the centers going around the clock.

Helping hands at UF&Shands save youngster’s right hand

Winston T. Richards, M.D., an acute care surgeon at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, treated 4-year-old Benjamin Bileca after a horrific accident stripped the skin from the youngster’s hand.

Newly recognized syndrome keeps patients from full recovery, UF researchers say

University of Florida researchers have identified a medical condition they say keeps many intensive care, heart surgery and burn patients from recovering fully and returning home. Called persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome, or PICS, for short, the newly named condition defies existing treatments and leaves patients weak and unable…

Moore named Society of Critical Care Medicine fellow

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has selected Frederick A. Moore, M.D., as a Master Critical Care Medicine Fellow. Moore and 19 other health-care providers will receive the designation, which is being awarded for the first time at the society’s 41st Clinical Care Congress in Houston in February. Moore, chief…

UF researchers find chemical signals that initiate the body’s immune response

University of Florida researchers have identified two key steps required to activate the body’s innate immune system, its first line of defense against infection. The discoveries offer insight into why some trauma patients survive their initial injuries but die from seemingly less serious causes soon afterward.