Traci Bratton

Traci Bratton

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Diving injuries are more prevalent, too — they may not result in death, but they can be nearly as catastrophic. Up to 5 percent of all spinal cord injuries are the result of diving accidents, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.
University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators and the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s online community support site CreakyJoints.org are launching a study incorporating electronic devices to collect patient and physician information on rheumatic conditions.
Children shouldn't drive a tractor until they're 14 or 15 because they lack certain abilities that come only with maturity such as the ability to visualize and understand their surrounding environment. Experienced drivers constantly scan their surroundings, looking for things that could become hazardous. There's strong evidence in laboratory studies that children do this terribly, according to David Schwebel, a psychology professor at the University of Alabama [at Birmingham] who has worked with the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
A recent study published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing found that each segment of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) population has its own specific physical and mental health needs. Rita Jablonski, PhD, associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is lead author of the paper, “The Invisible Elderly: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults.”
Janyce Sanford, M.D., chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Emergency Medicine, recommends an insect repellant with DEET, along with long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as the best way to ward off most pesky insects.
From Time
In the presence of men, rats and mice experience a stress response equivalent to swimming for three minutes or being restrained in a tube for 15 minutes. That’s because men secrete many more pheromones, which alert the rodents to the proximity of male animals, than women do.
Two years ago researchers successfully tested a new panel that could be used in shelters and safe rooms. "We are working with two manufacturers right now who are looking to produce the panels. …," said Dr. Uday Vaidya, a Professor in the UAB Department of Material Science and Engineering and the project leader. "Some of the details are actually in the framing, in terms of locking down the panels to the foundation."
A new study suggests the reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake, and exercise.
As Alabama’s largest employer, UAB has earned its reputation as a good one. Stellar benefits along with stability combine to make a pleasant atmosphere for those who work for the school and the hospital.
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