Three of the world's most-cited researchers work at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, according to a new report on the world's most influential scientists in 2014. Other Alabama researchers are on the most-cited list. They are: Robin D. Rogers, chemistry, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Casey T. Weaver, immunology, University of Alabama in Birmingham; Julie M. Decker, microbiology, UAB; Jesus F. Salazar-Gonzalez, microbiology, UAB; and J. David Sweatt, neuroscience and behavior, UAB.
"So I don't think eating more [fruits and vegetables] alone is necessarily an effective approach for weight loss because just adding them on top of whatever foods a person may be eating is not likely to cause weight change," said Kathryn Kaiser, an instructor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Researchers say it is time to abandon some popular but erroneous obesity myths. In a new article, the team presents nine obesity myths and 10 commonly held but unproven presumptions that the authors suggest lead to poor policy decisions, inaccurate public health recommendations and wasted resources.
Dipping quickly into the gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor, Alabama Institute of Medicine, has approved three grants for stem cell research totaling about that amount. The board of directors voted last week to approve the grants to three separate projects at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
The volume of information patients are given pre-operatively often exceeds their short-term memories, says lead author Thomas Vetter, MD, MPH, of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. "Our findings show that providing patients with a standardized instruction sheet … with simple language can improve compliance significantly."