“There’s no system in place like the one children have to keep adults on schedule with vaccines, so they’re done on a more voluntary basis,” said Paul Goepfert, professor in the UAB School of Medicine. “As such, the immunization rates of adults are always low.”
"We have a broader array of workers than you'd see in other cities, from hourly employees in mining and manufacturing to CEOs of biotech firms," says Jack Howard, Ph.D., associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business. "It's a laid-back culture, but there's a very strong work ethic."
There are a lot of regimens being tried in transplant, and most include calcineurin inhibitors that have significant toxicity," Anupam Agarwal, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told MedPage Today. "Hence, if one could safely reduce the dose of the calcineurin inhibitor and still benefit from its immunosuppressive properties, it would be huge advance."
The UAB Cancer Center was selected as one of 30 cancer centers in the nation, and one of only five in the Southeast. The five-year grant, which awards $497,800 annually, allows the Cancer Center to be part of NCI's primary infrastructure to conduct state-of-the-art cancer treatment and advanced imaging clinical trials, especially large, definitive multi-institutional trials evaluating new cancer therapies and related clinical approaches for both adult and pediatric patients.
“MitraClip therapy is a groundbreaking treatment for mitral regurgitation, which is the most common type of heart valve insufficiency,” said Oluseun Alli, M.D., director of the structural heart program in the UAB School of Medicine Section of Interventional Cardiology. “This device is currently the only minimally invasive treatment we have for these high-risk patients, and it is the only device that has been effective in treating severe mitral regurgitation apart from open surgical repair or replacement.
A new study involving researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and other institutions says patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes should eat a diet low in carbohydrates.
“Very little is known about whether laws banning texting while driving have actually improved roadway safety,” UAB's Dr. Alva Ferdinand said. “Further, given the considerable variation in the types of laws that states have passed and whom they ban from what, it was necessary to determine which types of laws are most beneficial in improving roadway safety.”
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has enrolled the first patient in the United States in a Phase III clinical trial to find a treatment for preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects a relatively small number of pregnancies – 5 to 8 percent – but its prevalence is growing.
"They're getting the experience they need to get plugged into that whole cyber security realm and maybe go work for Facebook," Director of UAB's "The Center" Dr. John Sloan said. "So we have folks that are working on developing new tools. We also have folks who are taking existing tools and then applying them in innovative ways to address cybersecurity issues."
Shirey, who will be inducted in September, is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies.
Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ will take the stage first at 7 p.m., with alternative hip-hop  rockers G. Love & Special Sauce performing the second set.
The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital will open its remodeled emergency department and newly renovated Lions Eye Clinic at a ceremony on Thursday, July 31.
The Quad Rider makes it easy to shift gears and brake, enabling people with poor grip-control to safely cycle.
Orientation begins for the third class of UAB medical students doing clinical clerkships in Montgomery.
The easier it is for a police officer to write you a ticket for texting while driving, the safer the roads will probably be, argues a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
More than 90 new Woodlawn High School 9th and 10th graders will get their school year off to a good start this week by taking part in special learning activities planned for them on the campuses of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Lawson State Community College.
UAB has only done a handful of procedures fixing hearts with a MitraClip device but the device has delivered its promise. And that promise is fixing a potentially dangerous heart valve problem called mitral regurgitation.
As kids prepare to head back to school, required immunizations are typically on the to-do list, but getting potentially lifesaving vaccines should not end when adulthood begins, says one University of Alabama at Birmingham infectious diseases expert.
effrey R. Curtis, M.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues utilized 1998 to 2011 data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to identify RA patients initiating rituximab, abatacept, or anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. The authors sought to assess the comparative risk of hospitalized infection associated with anti-TNF and non-anti-TNF biologic agents.
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A low-carb diet works effectively in tackling type-1 and type-2 diabetes, a new research by the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests.

In a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that texting bans were significantly associated with a 3 percent drop in traffic fatalities among all age groups.
Along with UAB's Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, the city of Birmingham along with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge want to change food deserts. The challenge gives grant funds to work with cities to identify problems and solutions.
The family-friendly 5K/Fun Run is open to participants of all ages and will take place Saturday, Sept. 6.
A team of UAB business students and Birmingham high school students is analyzing living conditions in Birmingham’s 6th District.
States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans.
Though kids often stay on track with receiving vaccines due to school requirements, with no system in place, adult rates remain low, according to one UAB expert.
According to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating more fresh produce does not necessarily lead to weight loss, especially if the fruits and vegetables aren't replacing high-calorie foods in a person's diet.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences announced Lisa Tamiris Becker will be the first director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
The UAB Benevolent Fund, a charitable campaign supported by donations from employees at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, is celebrating its 30th year of service by creating a new initiative to help support area non-profits.
Becker’s Hospital Review has named the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs.” 
A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that among a group of more than 100 premenopausal women, fat was significantly reduced in those who consumed the most calcium-rich foods.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a normal-weight person aged 45 and more getting less thsn six hours of sleep is at a higher risk of suffering from stroke and even developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Both mother and unborn child are in danger.
High school students will be introduced to life at UAB and career options with exciting hands-on learning opportunities that reinforce academic skills.
Consuming a low-carbohydrate diet should be the first step taken by those with diabetes, according to a new study.
A UAB professor has been named to the first 40 Under 40 list from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
UAB’s Benevolent Fund will award a Community Impact Grant worth up to $50,000 to a community nonprofit.
Lisa Tamiris Becker will begin work Sept. 1 as the new director for the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
If successful, the PRESERVE-1 trial could be a significant clinical breakthrough in the treatment of the condition by prolonging pregnancy and improving outcomes.
Miss Alabama 2014 fourth runner-up KeLeigh Edwards was among a group of pageant queens who delivered gifts to children and family members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Women & Infants Center on Tues., July 22, 2014. The gifts, including blankets, baby and toys, went to the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the Continuing Care Nursery.
At the close of the Second World War, the Allies expelled several million Germans from the eastern portion of the former Reich. Thanks to the work of many historians, we know quite a bit about Allied planning for the expulsion, when and how it took place, and the multitude of deaths that occurred as a result of it.
"Most people that have heat stroke and recover are fine," UAB's Dr. David Pigott said. "With heat stroke, your whole body basically shuts down. It's a multi-system organ failure where your cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, they all shut down."
Gary Warner, chief technologist at Malcovery Security, and also director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says the J-CAT taskforce will help investigators advance cases much more quickly, including filing local charges against criminals who work across borders.
Michael Morrisey, PhD, director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in an email that if the D.C. panel's ruling ends up being the prevailing one, "the effect ... is just short of what would have been the effect of the Court ruling that the ACA was unconstitutional. The vast majority of people getting coverage through the exchanges did so with a subsidy ... They would no longer be eligible and most are unlikely to continue to buy coverage at unsubsidized prices."
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Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely than others to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles.

University of Alabama Hospital (Birmingham). UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the six-state area of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia. The center is home to more than 330 physicians and researchers and has an estimated 5,000 new patients each year. The center developed the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network, which includes 10 partner hospitals across five states and aims to expand the availability and quality of cancer services in patients' local communities.
The CHIA grants – ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 – are awarded by the One Great Community council, the community engagement arm of UAB's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). 
In his spare time, the leader of Alabama’s largest employer and Birmingham’s economic engine enjoys gardening and deep-sea fishing. Metaphorically speaking, Dr. Ray Watts did quite a bit of both during his first year as president of the .University of Alabama at Birmingham
Kaleidoscope won Best Classified Advertising Section and Best Innovative Online Advertising, and placed second in Best Single Ad 1/2 Page for “We Can” for UAB Recycling.
The biological perspective of suicide will be the focus of the latest UAB Science, Communication and Innovation talks.
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