Funding and support for the app came from the Women's Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, as part of an effort to improve quality of life for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. The leader of the project is Debbie Walker, DNP, assistant professor in UAB's School of Nursing. Walker noted that although the developers originally designed the app for patients with breast cancer, it touches on issues important to patients with other types of cancer as well.
Ragib Hasan, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, launched a Facebook group to address the problem. Ragib is a pioneer of Bangla Wikipedia since 2006, and is the founder of the first and largest open online education platform in Bangla. The site, Shikkhok.com, won a number of awards – including the 2013 Google RISE Award.
The findings emphasized how much remains unknown about cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes, commented Fernando Ovalle, MD, director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The study found an additional two hours a day of sedentary behavior was linked to an 8% increase in colon cancer risk, a 10% increase in endometrial cancer risk and a 6% increase in risk for lung cancer. It did not find the same connection for breast, rectum, ovary and prostate cancers or for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
"Physician anesthesiologists are responsible for assessing and optimizing patients' preoperative medications, including maximizing their compliance with physicians' instructions. Our effort to enhance patients' understanding of medication use before surgery is important and can increase patient satisfaction by more actively engaging them in their own health care," said Thomas Vetter, M.D., M.P.H., ASA member and study lead author, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham.