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Study explores new way to help seniors muscle up UAB is recruiting healthy adults ages 65 and older for a study that tests whether strength-training exercises combined with use of the anti-diabetes drug metformin can combat muscle atrophy that accompanies aging.

"The overall goal is to establish a low-cost, personalized approach to prevent frailty in the elderly, said Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine.

Investigators suspect that metformin might improve the effectiveness of exercise in rebuilding muscle tissue by reducing inflammation. Learn more about study participation at


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Dream day for teen cancer survivor Nurses have always been heroes for 15-year-old Malia McCoy. Her mother is a nurse, and the Pell City High School student spent years around chemotherapy nurses as she battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Now Malia aspires to join the profession — and she recently got a head start on training with an immersive day at the UAB School of Nursing. Wearing her own pair of monogrammed scrubs and carrying an official skills kit bag, Malia shadowed fourth-semester student Angelica Chapman, herself a cancer survivor. “I know what it’s like to be in her shoes,” Chapman said. “I think her past will make her an even stronger nurse.”

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