February 21, 2014
UAB in the News
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Evolution Labs Join Together to Change How Prospects Interact With AdmissionsEvolution Labs today announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham has chosen its S360™ engagement platform to enhance the admissions experience of prospective students.Birmingham's top women in tech: Kathy NugentAs the head of the commercialization wing of research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nugent is forming a new strategy to turn research into more economic development opportunities and attract more venture capital into Birmingham.Tips on insomnia, snooze buttons, hot baths, putting phones away and moreAmy Amara, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist and sleep medicine physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says there are a host of factors that can disrupt sleep; but she also offers some suggestions that can help you catch those elusive Z's.Organisers, students hail inaugural summer science campShirley Sanders-Ginwright, Programme Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Centre for Community Outreach, revealed that the three-week camp was the UAB's maiden venture outside of the USA.Why mothers matter more than diet when it comes to the obesity crisisWith 40 million children under five years old deemed 'overweight' in 2014, it's well and truly time to consider what is causing this and if there is more we should be doing as parents to prevent the rise of childhood obesity.National Institutes of Health renews $33M grant for UAB researchUAB's CCTS serves as the backbone for clinical research at the academic medical institution, conducting work that has positive impacts on many other research centers within the school.HITECH Act did not speed up electronic health record adoption as hoped, study showsA new study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, "Impact of the HITECH Act on Physicians' Adoption of Electronic Health Records," published online in July 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, finds that the financial incentives offered to physicians through meaningful use programs actually had a weak impact on the uptake of EHRs.Digicel Foundation stages inaugural summer science camp in LuceaThe Digicel Foundation has partnered with Bioprist Knowledge Parks (BKP) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to stage its inaugural three-week science summer camp in Lucea, Hanover.Trials to Test Pot-Infused Chewing Gum for MS SufferersClinical trials have begun to see if cannabis-infused chewing gum could be used to relieve pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients.UAB presents plan for facility improvements at athletics campaign launchHead football coach Bill Clark, men's basketball coach Jerod Haase and softball coach Marla Townsend all then spoke before athletics campaign committee chair Hatton Smith finished it off.Alabama hospital breaks record for longest kidney transplant chain in U.SUAB hospital recently undertook in the longest living-donor kidney transplant chain ever to be recorded in the United States, possibly saving the lives of 51 kidney transplant recipients.UAB seeing green: Sustainability efforts lead to cleaner campus, $13.5 million savingsThrough energy efficiency measures, water-capture systems and other initiatives, the university has cut energy use by 10 percent and water use by 15 percent at both the campus and UAB Hospital, according to publications released by the school.UAB business leaders set for public launch of athletics campaignThe public launch of the campaign, set to raise money after the announcement of football, bowling and rifle, is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the UAB Alumni House.Digital forensics resembles the Wild West when it comes to regulation"These experiences helped me to identify a glaring issue in the field of digital forensics: a lack of professional and ethical standards governing practitioners," wrote Dr. John J. Sloan III, professor of criminal justice and sociology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in this commentary at The Conversation. "And as digital forensics gains prominence in the legal landscape, the lack of agreed-upon standards is a big problem."Your office air con is making you fatBut researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the USA may just have figured out why some of us (oh hai!) pig out more at work than others.BBVA Compass, MediaNet Software partner with UAB's iLab to boost local tech talentBut the most recent example takes that collaboration a step further by working with the city's up-and-coming student entrepreneurs who are developing their own businesses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham iLab within Innovation Depot.5 fascinating facts about breakfastFrom Business Insider
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that skipping breakfast didn’t have any notable effect on weight loss efforts in a 16-week study of obese and overweight participants.Recommended vaccine coverages could cause monetary losses for HIV clinicsDue to wide variation in immunization reimbursement, the administration of recommended vaccines to appropriate candidates at urban HIV clinics could result in potential net losses of $100,000 annually for each clinic, according to recent findings.More evidence that fried food raises heart attack risk“Regardless of your gender, race, or where you live, if you frequently eat a Southern-style diet you should be aware of your risk of heart disease and try to make some gradual changes to your diet,” said lead researcher James Shikany, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Preventive Medicine.Parkinson's: Predicting Risk and ProgressionTwo papers published this week address fundamental questions in Parkinson's disease: can researchers predict who will develop the disease, and once it's diagnosed, how will it progress?Is Breakfast the Best Meal to Kick Your Metabolism in Gear?Battle over breakfast; when and what you should eat first.Study Casts Doubt on Meaningful Use Accelerating EHR Adoptionhe electronic health records meaningful use program has had a negligible effect on physician adoption of EHRs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.Intensive medical therapy controls risk factors, improves outcomes in diabetes, CHDThrough protocol-guided intensive medical therapy, clinicians were able to achieve simultaneous control of multiple risk factors in patients with diabetes and CHD, which led to reduced risk for death, MI and stroke, according to new findings from the BARI 2D study.Skipping Breakfast Might Not Make You Fat After AllMuch like the seemingly neverending arguments about the “eight glasses of water” rule or the “three meals a day” rule, researchers just can’t seem to make up their minds about whether or not breakfast is truly “the most important meal of the day.”Southern US diet tied to heart diseasePeople who like fried food, sweet tea and other foods synonymous with the Southern United States may be at an increased risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.What a Southern Diet Actually Is, And Three Ways It's Killing YouFried foods, processed meats, and sweetened beverages can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and more.Transparency Between Patients And Doctors Can Help Improve Sexual Health Of AmericansIn an attempt to find out the reason the United States has the highest number of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in the world, a disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham decided to study the doctor-patient relationship.Controlling Multiple Risk Factors Boosts Survival in DiabetesGetting lipids, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, and tobacco use under control was associated with substantially better outcomes in type 2 diabetes in an analysis of the BARI 2D trial.Southern U.S. diet tied to heart diseasePeople who like fried food, sweet tea and other foods synonymous with the Southern U.S. may be at an increased risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.Stroke Rounds: Southern-Style Diet Is Least HealthyPeople who regularly consumed a typical "Southern"-style diet had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in a large study examining dietary patterns and heart risk -- more so than other diet types deemed unhealthy.Southern-style eating strikes again: Study finds diet pattern increases heart disease riskSouthern favorites like fried chicken and bacon may taste great when consumed, but they can have negative effects on heart health, according to researchers.More evidence that fried food raises heart attack riskPeople who eat lots of fried food and sugary drinks have a 56 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to those who eat healthier, according to US researchers.New study says breakfast may not be the most important meal for weight lossWe have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But recent research makes some wonder whether there's evidence to back up this well-worn saying.Confirmed: Walking while texting slows you downDon't text while moving: Texting while walking has been found to be dangerously distracting, with people taking shorter strides and more time to finish an obstacle course in a study conducted by researchers.The Freezing A/C in Your Office Is Making You Eat MoreIt’s no secret that America’s air conditioning obsession is excessive, even out of control. (Europeans, for instance, think we’re fragile idiots.) But in addition to making us grumpier and less productive, freezing office environments could actually be making us eat more, too.New Panels Make Rooms Safe From TornadoesReinforced panels that can turn any room in your home into a safe-room; that's the project that UAB is currently working on. They can withstand up to 250 mph winds, the equivalent of an EF-5 tornado.As traffic worsens in many cities, drivers' tempers get shorter. What can states do to reduce road rage and aggressive driving?Engineering interventions are necessary to reduce the frequency and extent of traffic congestion, said Virginia Sisiopiku, associate professor of transportation intervention at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Texting while walking distracts youTexting and fielding math problems on the phones made people swerve more from side to side, but the difference wasn’t big enough to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.UAB studies impact of HITECH Act of Adoption of Electronic Health RecordsIn a recent study, Dr. Stephen T. Mennemeyer, professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, examined to what extent the MU program has impacted the adoption of EHR.Removing hesitation to discuss about sex key to improving sexual health of AmericansA drive to find out why the United States has the highest rates of treatable sexually transmitted diseases in the developed world has been the career focus of one University of Alabama at Birmingham infectious disease expert.