ECMO takes on the function of the heart and lungs by routing the patient’s blood into the machine where carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is added. The blood is then pumped back into the body. “This technology has improved over time, and there have been many advances in the machines that have made ECMO much safer with wider applications,” said Enrique Diaz, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.
A bill to allow the treatment of epileptic seizures with a marijuana derivative has turned into a $1 million medical study that will supply the product to Alabama families. The revised bill allows the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to do a $1 million study of cannabidiol, or CBD. People prescribed the oil by UAB would have legal protection.
The National Alumni Society at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently announced the winners of its Excellence in Business awards. The UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 award program identifies, recognizes and celebrates the success of the top 25 UAB alumni-owned or UAB alumni-operated businesses.
The recently released AREDS 2 study confirmed that the added ingredients and formulation created by Jon O. Mason, III, M.D., a retina surgeon from the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who introduced the Macular Health eye supplement with Jeffery McAnnally, as the most effective of four different formulations tested in the study in slowing or preventing vision loss due to AMD.
UAB’s new $35 million student center will have Panera Bread, Starbucks and bookstore along with other retail and restaurant space and places for students, faculty and staff to meet, mingle and even play video games.