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UF scientists discover way to alter fentanyl, making the potent pain reliever safer

Scientists have discovered a way to alter the chemical properties of fentanyl, offering a safer alternative to the powerful pain reliever.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but up to 100 times more potent. It is among the most abused pain relievers in the U.S. and the leading cause of overdose deaths. 

Election season can raise blood pressure, putting populations at risk

Blood pressure rose among several groups after the 2016 U.S. election.

UF Health Shands chief human resources officer named, begins Jan. 2

In his role, Ed Daech will oversee human resources for the UF Health hospital systems in Gainesville and Central Florida, supporting growth and expansion initiatives while advancing the integration of HR functions across a distributed, multi-hospital system.

Researchers will use AI to predict who may develop certain rare diseases

Artificial intelligence-powered algorithms can find rare “zebras” in patient medical records.

New partnership allows historically Black university students a pathway to earn UF nursing degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing students admitted to the UF College of Nursing as a result of the partnership with Edward Waters University will have the opportunity to earn a degree from the state’s top-ranked program.

UF College of Nursing receives $3.6 million to address nurse shortage

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on health care has made it more important than ever for nursing schools to educate the next generation of front-line providers. Now, thanks to an effort by Florida lawmakers to combat the nursing shortage, the UF College of Nursing plans to build a “pipeline” to move well-prepared nurses into the workforce.

UF Health Shands hospitals nationally ranked in 10 adult, pediatric medical specialties

UF Health Shands Hospital once again has the most nationally recognized adult and pediatric specialties among Florida hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Researchers leverage artificial intelligence to identify sepsis within 12 hours

Researchers at the University of Florida have created and are using a diagnostic tool that leverages artificial intelligence to identify a patient’s likelihood of developing sepsis — and how severe it will be — as soon as 12 hours after their hospital admission.

UF researchers discover new way to inhibit virus that causes COVID-19

UF researchers have discovered a novel way in the lab to fight rapidly evolving strains of coronaviruses by breaking the cycle of allowing the virus to spread. 

UF Health designated Center of Excellence for rare inherited condition involving blood vessels

The Cure HHT foundation this month designated UF Health as Florida’s first HHT Center of Excellence and one of just 31 centers in North America, marking the health system as a top-tier provider of HHT treatment and research.

UF Health names chief diversity officer

Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacy practice and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Southern Illinois University deeply trained in facilitating diversity-related discussion and policy change, has been named UF Health’s associate vice president for inclusion, diversity and health equity and chief diversity officer.

Women's heart attacks are often missed. This gene could help explain why.

Women experience heart disease differently than men, a fact that has often led to their symptoms being missed and dismissed. New research is uncovering the genes that may explain these sex-specific differences, which could help reduce disparities in cardiac care between men and women.

Artificial intelligence platform predicts surgical complications

Researchers have confirmed an artificial intelligence system known as MySurgeryRisk accurately helps doctors predict and manage complications after surgery that can pose many challenges for both physicians and patients.