New research has identified a key mechanism that allows cancerous growths to proliferate, or multiply, in the brain. This has led scientists to develop a new drug that could be used to inhibit malignant cells.
The process in which the tick delivers its pathogens is not for the faint of heart, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in its most recent news release regarding ticks and tick-borne illness.
So doctors can potentially pull back the opioids that launched the current drug overdose crisis and still successfully treat pain patients.
nycu graphic 2Parents who listen to their children’s interests could help them be more successful and well-rounded in their extracurricular activities.

Pediatric neurosurgeons, oncologists and molecular imaging physicians continue to work toward better diagnoses, treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

The UAB School of Nursing was specifically cited for its sustained efforts to “Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.”

The School of Nursing, UAB Hospital and the UAB Health System formally work together through the UAB Nursing Partnership to align critical resources to provide outstanding patient care.

Starting from scratch rather than continuing to build on a faulty foundation
Professor James (Jim) McClintock, a marine biologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been studying the climate change in Antarctica for more than 25 years and has written a book about his experiences, Lost Antarctica. He is skilled at communicating the science in an interesting and informative way. Last week Professor McClintock explained what the collapse means.
The new facility at 7067 Veterans Parkway will provide specialized care — the same vision care offered on the Birmingham campus for 50 years — to residents in St. Clair and surrounding counties, according to UAB.
The data show approximately 90 percent of those with CF could potentially be positively impacted by these new treatments.
A UAB physician will co-chair a steering committee of global cystic fibrosis experts and clinical trial investigators to support the design, conduct and execution of the triple combination pivotal study program.
This potential chemotherapeutic agent to treat glioblastoma — a primary brain tumor with dismal survival rates — is a novel small molecule inhibitor.
The new clinic will be located just off Interstate 20 in St. Clair County.
nycu graphic 2Even if you’ve previously rejected vaccinating your children or have neglected to do so, UAB physicians say it’s not too late to protect them against many preventable diseases.
Yogesh Dwivedi has been named chair of the NIH Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section.
UAB’s Seth Landefeld joins the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
nycu graphic 2University of Alabama at Birmingham director of the Regions Institute for Financial Education Stephanie Yates, Ph.D., provides insight into how parents can use budgeting to plan and save on back-to-school items this fall.
Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has broken away from the mainland, resulting in a one-trillion ton iceberg.
The International Space Station carries a bit of Birmingham on board — high-tech freezers designed and built by the UAB School of Engineering to protect vital scientific experiments. From their mini mission control, staff and students describe the unique challenges of keeping NASA science on ice for more than 90 space missions.
The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative has begun full scale recruitment of interested participants at two sites in Birmingham.
July 11, 2017

Meet a Trailblazer

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Meet Jared Sluss, a UAB TrailBlazer, who leads tours on campus for prospective students. UAB students go through a competitive application and interview process in order to be selected as a TrailBlazer.
Holly E. Richter, M.D., J. Marion Sims Endowed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will travel with Andy Norman, M.D., a retired physician from Vanderbilt University, and Joseph M. Malek, M.D., a urogynecology fellow at UAB, to the Worldwide Fistula Fund 's Danja Fistula Center in Niger this summer to perform surgeries on women in sub-Saharan Africa who have suffered childbirth injuries.
“We are excited to announce this new partnership with UAB Medicine, which has been on the forefront of training the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists at the nationally recognized UAB School of Medicine.”
UAB personalizes treatment for dry eye patients with the expansion of clinic and development of guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets, also known as EEG or electroencephalograph headsets, need better security after a study reveals hackers could guess a user’s passwords by monitoring their brainwaves.
This study, published this week in eLife, provides new evidence that hormonal levels during the first few weeks following birth can have a long-term impact on lifespan, mortality risks and health status in old age.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a one-step affinity chromatography method for protein purification that they claim is up to 100 times better than existing techniques at achieving high-yield, high-purity, high-activity purification (HHH) of even the most challenging of proteins.
A UAB obstetric surgeon will lend her skills to African women by treating obstetric fistula, a common complication of childbirth in the developing world that causes incontinence.
Why do some K-12 students — and schools — excel while others struggle? Socioeconomics, race and even nutrition can play a role, but UAB Honors College students are finding no easy answers for education inequality. Discover how the topic inspired them to partner with kids in Greensboro to help bridge the divide.
The UAB study could help inform future health care management during early life and the development of interventions aimed at improving quality of life for older individuals.
“The Life’s Simple 7, an approach used by the American Heart Association to monitor [CV] health, can also be used to monitor high [BP] risk in African Americans, a major risk factor for [CVD],” John N. Booth III, MS, a PhD student in the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, said in a press release. “We found that even small improvements in [CV] health can reduce risk for developing high [BP].”
Ronald M. Lazar is the new director of the Brain Institute and the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging in the Department of Neurology.
“The data suggest these untrained employees may be relying on untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case,” Michael Kurz, MD, co-chair of the AHA’s Systems of Care Subcommittee and associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in the department of emergency medicine.
Co-medication with anti-emetics may reduce the incidence of MTX-induced nausea and behavioral therapies may reduce the occurrence of anticipatory nausea, Sonja Falvey, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues reported in a review published in Pediatric Rheumatology.
It is not a good time to be a pain patient, says Mark Bailey, D.O., Ph.D., a pain specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It's not a good time to be a pain doctor, or a pharmacist either, he says. The nation is dealing with an opioid epidemic, and the field of pain management has gotten very complicated.
Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer and Information Sciences, and Ph.D. student Ajaya Neupane and former master's student Md Lutfor Rahman, found that a person who paused a video game and logged into a bank account while wearing an EEG headset was at risk for having their passwords or other sensitive data stolen by a malicious software program.
Researchers suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets, also known as EEG or electroencephalograph headsets, need better security after a study reveals hackers could guess a user’s passwords by monitoring their brainwaves.
The team has carried out more than 49,200 medical transports, covering 30 million miles, 46 states and 38 countries.
The UAB School of Medicine has low tuition and graduates leave with low medical school debt – approximately $56,100 less than the average debt found in our study.
A UAB pain specialist says the opioid epidemic will lead to profound changes in legitimate opioid use for pain management-
UAB is the only institution in Alabama chosen to date to participate in the TAPUR Study to help further understand targeted therapies in patients with advanced cancers.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have developed micro-cubes that can sponge up a hydrophobic anti-cancer drug and deliver it to cancer cells. Tissue culture tests show these tiny, porous cubes, loaded with the hydrophobic drug, are more potent against liver cancer cells and less harmful to normal liver cells, compared to the drug alone.
Tick bites and the diseases the pest causes have been in the headlines recently, and for good reason. The number of tick-borne diseases reported each year is increasing, including in Alabama.
Coronaviruses are a genetically diverse family of viruses that infect birds and mammals, with most coronavirus strains limited to infecting only certain hosts. Human coronaviruses, for example, cause up to 30 percent of common colds.
UAB political science sophomore Hunter Drinkard wins University Studies Abroad Consortium Explorer Scholarship.
This novel method improves purification of complex proteins by 10- to 500-fold, and it may aid both research and large-scale industrial production.
UAB’s Hill Student Center has received a 2017 Merit Award from the Birmingham chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
June 28, 2017

Staying in rhythm

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Anezi Uzendu, M.D., has touched the hearts of many patients and colleagues in his time at UAB; but now that reach is bigger than ever, after his own heart failed him.
Leading neuroscientist Ron Lazar joins UAB as director of the McKnight Brain Institute, a multidisciplinary research enterprise on learning and memory in aging.
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