Michael Saag, M.D., has been seeing HIV patients from the beginning, and uses that journey to illustrate what he believes needs to change with health care.
UAB’s Callahan Eye Hospital opens two satellite clinic locations to better serve the community.
A new study from the UAB School of Public Health suggests that hallucinogens may help reduce criminal recidivism.
The annual award is to recognize outstanding papers related to environmental health sciences and public health that meet the aims, scope and high standards of this journal.
The paper analyzed articles published in the scientific and popular press to separate myths from evidence-supported facts when it comes to obesity.
The conference is a comprehensive postgraduate course for all those involved in the care of neonates, children and young adults with cardiovascular disease.
When the 25-year-old student at UAB's School of Dentistry snapped an iPhone picture of the snow that blanketed Birmingham last week, he had no idea the impact the photo would have as it swept across social media, or its potential to earn him cash. Or to do good. Now's he taking advantage of his 15 minutes, but not to help himself.
From: Chicago Sun-Times
In the Jan. 16 New England Journal of Medicine, Ilana Yurkiewicz of Harvard Medical School, Lisa Soleymani Lehmann of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Bruce Korf of the University of Alabama at Birmingham argue that it is ethical to provide parents with prenatal whole genome sequencing information about their prospective children.
From: Time Healthland
Cabin fever isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis, but it does exist, says Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist with a PhD at the school of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “It’s when you’re in a space of restricted freedom for a period of time that you can no longer tolerate.”
Using home-based hospice practices for terminally ill, hospitalized patients could reduce suffering and improve end-of-life care, according to a study. The study “was designed to see whether home-based hospice practices could be successfully integrated into care in hospitals to improve the end-of-life experience for those who remain hospitalized at time of death,” Amos Bailey, MD, of the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The idea that sex sells is generally accepted as fact. The idea that the sex of cells is important to biomedical research is not as well-known, but an article co-written by a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, suggests that the sex of individual cells matters.
UAB's football team had an offseason workout at Legion Field this morning. That's normal, but check out this photo of strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin carrying Tim Alexander, who was paralyzed in a 2006 car crash, up the steps to join the team.
The Ann Dial McMillan Endowed Lectureship in Family and Child Health is a unique interdisciplinary lectureship designed to tap into and promote public health breakthroughs relevant to family and children’s health.
"I don't have any scientific evidence, but, yes, we anticipate there will be a spike in deliveries," said Elicia Jacob, administrative director of nursing in UAB Hospital's Women and Infant Services. Jacob said she's making the observation based on 19 years of experience. She said they plan staffing for such events, making sure not too many people are on vacation surrounding that 9-month period after a big storm or long-term power outage. Alabama has been hit by back-to-back snow and ice storms that have virtually shut down the city for days.
When a prime-time sportscaster went on the air to cover the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with pink eye, the world took notice of the obvious symptom of the swollen, red eye. One University of Alabama at Birmingham optometrist says this virus currently lacks an FDA-approved drug, but she has a planned study to solve that.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, which has been operating on a severe weather plan since Monday, and Alabama-based St. Vincent's Health System are keeping in close contact with patients and rescheduling procedures on a case-by-case basis, ABC3340.com reported. Automated systems allow the hospitals to send patients text messages, emails and phone calls to keep them informed about their procedures.
In his spare time, the leader of Alabama’s largest employer and Birmingham’s economic engine enjoys gardening and deep-sea fishing. Metaphorically speaking, Dr. Ray Watts did quite a bit of both during his first year as president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which has more than 23,000 employees and 18,500 students.
UAB offers activities in support of National Eating Disorders Week.
The S-ICD, which sits just below the skin, leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched while providing the same protection as traditional ICDs.
Sports news host and NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith will lecture at UAB on Feb. 26, after a lecture with director Lee Daniels was canceled.
When a prime-time sportscaster went on the air to cover the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with pink eye, the world took notice. One UAB optometrist says this virus currently lacks an FDA-approved drug, but she has a planned study to solve that.
February 13, 2014

Sex cells

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You might know that sex sells, but did you know that the sex of cells is important in biomedical research?
Today marks the 205th birthday of the great British naturalist Charles Darwin, whose famous theory of evolution -- first advanced in 1859 -- still stirs passionate debate between scientists and creationists.

The UAB Department of Biology will mark Darwin's birthday -- and tout the value of scientific research -- with a two-day event, "Darwin Day: A Celebration of Science," on Thursday and Friday, according to a UAB news release.

Most "Darwin Day" activities will take place at the Edge of Chaos conference venue at the Lister Hill Library on campus.
Consolidating Analytics at UAB - Many health systems’ data analytics expertise is spread across the organization, with business analysts and quality analysts focused on different pieces of the puzzle. Until recently, diffuse analytics capabilities were prevalent at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, Birmingham, Ala., one of the five largest academic medical centers in the United States. But UAB is moving its data analytics resources under one umbrella, says Joan Hicks, CIO.
The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approve new endowments, promotions and programs during its Feb. 7 meeting.
The Cancer Resource app enables providers and patients to find products and services to help those battling cancer.
Weight loss as rapid as Frederickson's could result in a loss of bone mass and an increase in bone marrow fat, explained assistant professor Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D., which might set a person up for cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and high blood pressure, as well as increased risk of fractures. Casazza is an expert on body tissue partitioning (the interplay between fat, bone and muscle) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Yakov and Aleksandra Kasman, the father-daughter, teacher-student, duo-piano team, plumbed the depths of Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Alys Stephens Center, revealing the dreamy textures, soaring melodies and sumptuous harmonies in works from three periods of the composer's output.
Stephen Russell, M.D., strongly believes creativity is an important aspect of medicine, so much so that he teaches his students to use art to enhance their skills as physicians.
David Becker, a UAB professor specializing in health, labor and regulatory economics, was among a group of experts who said making more Alabamians eligible for Medicaid is in the best interest of the state’s short-term spending and long-term financial well-being, as well as the overall physical condition of the people in the state. Becker said there’s a “huge, huge incentive” to expand Medicaid while the federal government is paying 100 percent.
There is much value in training hospital and nursing home staff in the basics of palliative care to make the last days of a dying patient's life as comfortable and dignified as possible. So says F. Amos Bailey of the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US.
“In the final episode, she looks emaciated,” said Krista Casazza, Ph.D., R.D. and an expert on body tissue partitioning at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Up until the final episode when she was losing weight with the trainers, not at home, she looked a lot healthier and looked like she was preserving the bone and lean mass,” Casazza told the Huffington Post.
"There are many considerations about stroke that might be different for women: Reproductive factors and risk factors more common or stronger in women, like diabetes and atrial fibrillation, might get lost in a general guidelines document," explained Virginia Howard, Ph.D., UAB professor of epidemiology and co-author of the new scientific statement Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women.
Like other hospitals, UAB Hospital faces deep cuts in federal reimbursement for treating uninsured patients under the health-care law, he said, but won't see many new paying patients without the Medicaid expansion. On a recent evening, as a rare blizzard struck Birmingham, dozens of uninsured patients filed through the emergency room at UAB's main campus. Complaints ranged from headaches and swollen feet to broken bones. Such visits contribute to more than $100 million in uncompensated care costs at the hospital, according to 2012 Medicare data.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from Feb. 17-27 to celebrate the Sochi Olympics and help boost blood supplies reduced by recent bad winter weather.
UAB Digital Media fellows and interns and Department of Art and Art History faculty and students swept the Birmingham American Advertising Awards at this year’s ceremony.
For some, this is the tournament that officially kicks off the golf season - the much-loved AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This week, let's go with a couple of guys who have Alabama connections. I'll take defending champ Brandt Snedeker, who is due to have a big week, as well as former UAB star Graeme McDowell in his first outing on the PGA Tour this year.
"Men are physiologically different from women, so preventive tips cannot be one-size-fits-all," explained Virginia Howard, Ph.D., co-author of the new scientific statement Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women, published from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Council on Stroke in the AHA journal Stroke
The UAB Music student and faculty show will offer performances in classical, jazz, gospel and pop, and represent musical heritages from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
A month-long celebration of African-American heritage is in full gear at UAB
UAB’s Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics reaccredited — were the nation’s first to earn an NAFC Center of Excellence designation, in 2010
Despite strokes’ being on the decline in the U.S., more women are dying from them than are men. Now the AHA and ASA have released guidance on prevention specifically for women.
Internal Medicine associate professor writes novels to enhance his creativity as a doctor and delve into the life of “Mackie” McKay.
Only one Alabamian has ever won a gold medal in a winter Olympic event. Do you remember her name? She won it a dozen years ago. Give up? She is Vonetta Flowers of Birmingham and UAB and she won gold in the women's bobsled in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
It's rare to find a parent who hasn’t relied on the occasional bribe to extract certain behavior from her kid. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist for the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public health, notes that not all bribery is bad. "'Bribe' has a very negative connotation, but bribing is basically offering a value proposition to do or not do a behavior," he explains. 
During the height of last week's winter storm, some UAB doctors decided not to go home but instead chose to stay at the hospital and give others a second chance at life. Physicians and staff in UAB's transplant unit stayed three days and nights at the hospital to perform sixteen kidney operations. That included eight kidney donation procedures, and eight kidney recipient operations.
The Best Medicine Show, a variety show featuring performances from UAB medical students, will raise funds for Equal Access Birmingham.
In October, UAB kicked off the walking bus program for adults, the first of its kind. The first paper associated with this project was published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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