An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles. The new device was developed by a team of scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Los Alamos National Laboratory and is described in the March 12 issue of the journal Nano Letters.
A House Committee on Tuesday voted to fund a $1 million University of Alabama At Birmingham study on the effectiveness of using cannabidiol to control seizures.
The American Board of Urology names UAB professor of surgery, Children's of Alabama Chief of Pediatric Urology a trustee.
Two student R&D projects at UAB attract international attention.
March 19, 2014

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Winter’s heavy snow may contribute to widespread flooding this spring — UAB emergency physician advises preparation.
The UAB Student Multicultural and Diversity program has several more events left on its Women's History schedule for March, including the screening of a critically acclaimed foreign film on campus. "The Double Life of Veronique" (1991) will be shown at Heritage Hall at 6 p.m. tonight.
From CBSlocal.com, Washington, DC
“It’s hard to generalize, but for some of these folks, it’s a case of, ‘I’m in pretty good health, I don’t think about these things, I know I can’t afford it now,’” Michael Morrisey, professor of health economics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, told Bankrate.com.
Two Clinton scholars, UAB juniors will travel to Morocco and Korea to learn the language and culture
Dr. Brad Woodworth, director of ear, nose and throat research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in an email interview that he's been using the Cook graft on about 60 patients a year and has a success rate of more than 90 percent for closing leaks at the base of the skull.
Physically, your heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenaline levels increase in response to the potential danger to our lives, says Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., professor of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. That's especially true for guys.
A chemical plant in Anniston was forced to clean up its act several years ago. Now, doctors at UAB are working on a follow-up health survey for people who live near the chemical plant. The doctors want to see how the levels of poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) have changed in Anniston residents’ bodies.
UAB Hospital has been named one of America’s best breast health centers by WomenCertified, Inc.
UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a scientific symposium on traumatic brain injury.
The UAB School of Public Health will host departmental open houses throughout the day Friday, March 21, in the Ryals Public Health Building.
Mr. Carpenter says the power of students is that they are not easily discouraged. That was true for Katie Carter, an occupational therapy student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Chidinma Anakwenze, a medical student there, who spent a recent Saturday visiting a dozen black barber shops and beauty salons in downtown Birmingham. They gave out leaflets and took names.
Drinking a lot of water is often advised to those who are trying to lose weight, but a nutrition expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says it is not the magic bullet to weight loss.
Leon Botstein, who was at UAB to receive the 2014 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Prize, stressed the importance of subjects such as theory and history in shaping a musician's education, and urged all musicians to shed their snobbery, whatever their line of musical specialty.
The UAB School of Medicine will soon have its first-ever Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Mona Fouad, director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, will assume those duties beginning April 1.
"There is very little evidence that drinking water promotes weight loss; it is one of those self-perpetuating myths," said Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor of nutrition sciences.
The healthcare delivery system in the United States is — to put it simply — "messed up," according to Dr. Michael Saag, a world-renowned AIDs researcher at UAB. And Saag has now authored a book — his first — that he hopes can help spark a discussion about how to improve that system.
A new study has suggested that innovation in drugs may happen outside of the traditional academic setting. Protein crystallisation research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has demonstrated that the secret could be in space. Lawrence DeLucas, OD, PhD, director of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering said that the human body contains many proteins, which are known to be connected to a number of diseases.
Scientists have found a significant increase in brain activity related to problem-solving and decision-making when we're trying to tell if a webpage is legitimate or not. it seems we're still pretty bad at spotting fake sites. Unsurprisingly, more impulsive personalities tend to apply less thinking to such tasks.  These are the findings of a study by a mixed group of computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In one of the best studies to date, published last year in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that laser treatments produced no improvements in patients with toenail fungus, even after five sessions.
The public is invited to help create the large fabric works that will be installed on the Alys Stephens Center and Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
“Eating Alabama,” a documentary movie about eating locally, will be screened on March 20.
Family event includes an ask the experts panel, a healthy cooking demonstration and a survivors panel
The Sparkman Center's mission is to contribute to solutions of health problems in developing countries through graduate-level public health education, research, and training programs. The Sparkman Center is launching two community initiatives on March 11, Sparkman Community Partners and Friends of Sparkman.
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.
Moellinger was presented Nursing Scientist Award before an international group of more than 1,000 medical experts.
Learn about Lou Gehrig’s disease at the second UAB Neuroscience Café at the Hoover Library.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation awarded anthropology professor Chris Kyle coveted grant.
The 2015 cohort of the Collat School of Business honors program breaks records in size and diversity of majors.
The Essentials is a new, innovative Alys Stephens Center series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz music and bringing the best artists in contemporary jazz to Birmingham.
UAB students to attend prestigious Clinton Global Initiative conference for social change.
Increased water consumption often is advised to those who are trying to lose weight. But a nutrition expert at UAB says, while it is important, it’s not the magic bullet to weight loss.
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.
New research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found an HIV prevention method for women is safe.  The early phase one trial tested out new intravaginal rings carrying two anti-HIV drugs.
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.
Though the University of Alabama at Birmingham traces its roots to the founding of a school for the medical arts, the university’s newest building is a stunning gem that focuses squarely on a different sort of art.
UAB English professor Kieran Quinlan -- born and raised in Ireland but now a noted scholar of Southern literature -- has won the 2014 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction.
Known as the “Olympics for Choirs,” the competition will host 489 participating choirs from 61 countries. The UAB ensemble is one of 27 choirs from the United States. Jurors from six continents will decide their rankings and whether they win gold, silver and bronze medals.
From: CBS42
Saturday, March 15, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is putting these young survivors’ front and center with a conference designed to help them in their stage of life.
More than 1000 tombs and 3000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings. The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Sarah Parcak. “To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” Dr Parcak said.
"Obesity seems to have risen in virtually every country where detailed data is available," says David B. Allison, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This even includes areas in the world like rural China, where stereotypically American fat factors—from junk food to video games—have yet to infiltrate peoples' lives.
Doctor Peter King is hopeful the research he does at UAB and Birmingham VA Medical Center will yield results in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. But he's up against the clock. "The survival time is three to five years once the diagnosis is made," said King.
A 2012 study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reported in Science Daily, found that springing forward by an hour was associated with a 10 per cent increase in the risk of heart attack over the following 48 hours, but it did not pinpoint the reason. The study found a corresponding 10 per cent decrease in heart attack risk over the 48 hours after people "fall back" and gain an extra sleeping hour in the fall.
Lawrence DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, and his team are working to demonstrate the benefits of microgravity on protein crystallization. There are close to 100 proteins being utilized in the crystallization experiments scheduled for the launch of the SpaceX-3 rocket to the ISS on March 16.
Given the choice of a single instrument and a single 19th century composer on a Sunday afternoon, an all-Chopin recital would be hard to resist. That's what Marietta, Ga.-based pianist Robert Henry offered to close the 2013-14 UAB Piano Series at the Alys Stephens Center's Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall.
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