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How I Lost 4 Pounds in 2 Weeks Without Eating Less"Restricting your eating between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. [like subjects in my latest study] is difficult," she admitted. "But no one dropped out because it was too extreme. The biggest challenge people encountered was eating so much food in such a short period of time. People felt so stuffed!"How I Lost 4 Pounds In 2 Weeks Without Eating LessWhen I came across new research involving time-restricted eating, a weight loss approach that involves eating for fewer hours per day as opposed to eating less, I was intrigued by findings. They suggest you can make your body burn more fat and shed pounds without reducing the amount of food you eat.Long-term morbidity risk low in patients with leukemia after allogeneic HCTPatients who received allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation to treat chronic myeloid leukemia demonstrated similar long-term morbidity rates as their siblings who did not have the disease, as well as the general population.#BlackHistoryMonth: Notable AlabamiansHenry Panion is a professor in the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). As a producer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator, his work has earned two Grammy Awards, two Dove Awards, and a host of other national music awards and nominations.Resin Restorations Provide Alternatives to Drilling and Filling“When we develop cavities between teeth, sometimes we have to go through the tooth, and we end up damaging healthy tooth structure. This new system allows us to skip the drilling and helps us preserve that structure,” said Augusto Robles, DDS, assistant professor and director of the operative dentistry curriculum.New peptide to combat a disorder that causes heart attacks at early ageSome people inherit a condition that elevates their cholesterol to an excessive degree, and no amount of diet or exercise can bring the numbers down. Researchers are developing and testing a new peptide that may lead to better treatment options.$50 million UAB partnership will bring cutting-edge cancer treatment to Birmingham“Proton therapy is an extremely advanced cancer-fighting radiation technology. Coupled with the skill, experience and resources of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UAB Proton Therapy Center will be a life-changing resource for thousands of cancer patients throughout our region.”The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Proton International Moving Forward to Develop State’s First Proton Treatment Center“It uses sophisticated imaging to create a 3D image of the tumor. It then delivers a focused beam of radiation, custom-sized and shaped, so that it paints the tumor site while leaving surrounding tissue generally untouched, reducing collateral damage.”Eye Study Advances Ability to Improve Clinical Measurement of Retinal DegenerationUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers studying rod cell proteins GARP1 and GARP2, or glutamic acid-rich proteins 1 and 2, to learn how they function in normal phototransduction in the eye have found that GARP2 accelerates retinal degeneration in mice that lack another rod cell protein, cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-gated cation channel β-subunit, involved in producing the electrical signal.Heart-healthy behaviors linked to reduced Medicare costsThe AHA’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: cigarette smoking, physical activity, diet, BMI, BP, cholesterol and glucose levels.GARP2 accelerates retinal degeneration in a mouse modelUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are studying rod cell proteins GARP1 and GARP2 to learn how they function in normal phototransduction, as well as in abnormal degeneration of the retina that can lead to blindness in diseases like retinitis pigmentosa.SCARED OF THE DENTIST? New treatment for painful tooth cavities could put an end to the terror of the drillClinical trials are underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to treat cavities with resin. The process is called resin infiltration and it allows the dentist to slide a perforated plastic sheet between the teeth with the cavities and fill it with resin.New cavity treatment offers no drilling, no fillingResin infiltration allows the dentist to slide a plastic perforated sheet between the teeth with the cavities.Could THIS spell the end of painful fillings? Scientists develop a new method to repair small holes without the need to use a drill
Normally, dentists drill away at a tooth to access any cavities to then fill them in. But the new treatment involves sliding a sheet between the teeth and cavities. Called resin infiltration, drilling isn't needed and it can be done without numbing. And experts now say the system, currently under trial, could be a game-changer.Small Study Shows Fasting Can Help You Burn More Fat“It kind of makes sense,” said Courtney Peterson, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Your body’s fat-burning ability peaks after you’ve been fasting for 12 to 14 hours.”Skip Dinner? Evening Fast May Burn FatThe study found that when participants consumed all of their calories within a 6-hour window, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they burned 6 percent more fat and had more stable hunger levels than participants who consumed the same amount of calories within a 12-hour window, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Can This New Helmet Prevent Head Injuries and Save Football, Inc?The results of a joint research program from the UAB Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic, UAB’s Vestibular and Oculomotor Research Laboratory, and UABs School of Engineering are being shared with VICIS, a start-up sports equipment company that is reengineering the American football helmet, called ZERO1.New Home for UAB’s Collat School of BusinessConstruction is under way for a new $37.5 million project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to house the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Hospital program demonstrates significant cuts in cancer care costsA new University of Alabama at Birmingham study shows that, when older cancer patients were paired with trained nonmedical professionals in the form of 'lay navigators,' there was significant decline in health care resource utilization and Medicare costs, providing an innovative model in transitioning to value-based health care on a national scale.Sarah Parcak, UAB Professor and TED Speaker, Launches GlobalXplorer$1 Million was awarded to Parcak, last year, for her initiative to embrace technology and innovation inside an age-old industry, archaeology.Cancer foundation donates $875,000 to UAB centerA big pink check for $875,000 was presented by the Birmingham-based organization. The donation includes sales from the specialty breast cancer research license plate, BCRFA events and individual and community donations.Check out the Technology behind UAB Medicine’s new $6.8M Clinical Laboratory“Laboratories that implement HRO strategies implement methods that maximize teams, focus on minimizing risk and increasing quality or standardization of processes."A 'release and kill' strategy may aid treatment of tuberculosisThese bacteria hijack human macrophages, persist inside the cells to evade immune destruction, and then prevent the macrophage from undergoing programmed cell death. This provides a niche where they grow in a protected environment that is hard to reach with antibiotics.Alabama neuroscience student aiming for breakthrough researchBhambvani, a neuroscience and mathematics major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, knew then he wanted to be part of that kind of research - the kind that can cure the previously incurable and change lives.Change eating schedule to lose your weightThe study that tested early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) on humans found that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight.Researchers develop best-yet cell culture system for age-related macular degenerationIn AMD, which is twice as prevalent in older persons as Alzheimer's disease, the part of the retina used for detailed vision degenerates.Leukemia Treatment Adherence - Both Kids And Their Parents Over-reportYoung patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of pediatric cancer, are likely to report that they adhered to their anti-cancer medication better than they really did.Discover archaeological treasures in these satellite imagesGlobalXplorer lets you sift through data to find lost structures and prevent looting.Archaeological Satellite Data From Space Could Be the Future of ConservationA new website wants you to help archaeologists protect thousands of valuable archaeological sites worldwide from looting and other forms of human intervention.UAB professor, former Top 40 honoree launches TED Prize initiativeThe University of Alabama at Birmingham professor and former Top 40 Under 40 honoree today unveiled her GlobalXplorer platform - a citizen-science archaeology platform funded through her $1 million TED Prize awarded in 2015.Want to Be a Space Archaeologist? Here’s Your ChanceParcak is launching GlobalXplorer, an online platform that will teach anyone with a computer and an internet connection how to spot archaeological sites in satellite imagery.How New Technology Accelerates the Search for Ancient SitesGlobalXplorer is the citizen science platform I’ve built with the 2016 TED Prize, to train a 21st century virtual army to help look for signs of archaeological looting, urban encroachment and sites that haven’t been excavated yet."75 must-see concerts in Alabama this year"Anoushka Shankar: April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Alys Stephens CenterBirmingham Experiences Urban RenewalNear the Alys Stephens Center, where the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs, the well-regarded Alabama Ballet is headquartered.More than one-third of advertisers depict unsafe infant sleep environmentsThe most common reasons for guideline nonadherence were the presence of bumper pads (70.2%) and loose bedding (55.7%).Football great Tony Dorsett, VICIS partner in creating sports helmets that prevent concussionDorsett talks openly about sustaining numerous concussions and the resulting brain injury he suffered as a result of the sport. Dorsett’s new life’s mission is to protect today’s football players from the serious injuries he sustained.UAB receives $16 million grant to reduce cancer disparities"We use a persistent, multifaceted strategy, combining multidisciplinary approaches to unravel the molecular basis for cancer disparities, training of health professionals and community health educators across the cancer care continuum, and accelerating the development of cancer scientists.”Can hard weekend workouts make up for a week of not exercising?In a study of usually-inactive women aged 60-74 by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, those who worked out twice a week (over a four-month period) became just as physically powerful and aerobically fit as those who worked out six times per week over that period.Vicis partners with University of Alabama at Birmingham to create ‘next generation’ football helmetsThe Seattle-based startup on Tuesday announced a new partnership with UAB to combine expertise and intellectual property.UAB scores key $16M grant“Culture, environment, health care access, socioeconomics and population-specific genetic differences contribute to high cancer incidences and to cancer health disparities,” said Upender Manne, lead principal investigator and professor in the UAB Department of Pathology.