Traci Bratton

Traci Bratton

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Elementary and high school students and their parents who wish to learn more about the importance of the much-hyped STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – can attend the STEM Awareness Forum to be held in Bessemer tonight.
“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."
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