Teams from 35 universities in the United States and Canada will take part in the 8th Annual University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Administration Case Competition on Thursday, Feb. 27.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History will host the Art History Master of Arts Symposium Friday, March 7.
The winter meeting of the Songs for Sight Youth Low Vision Support Group will be 2:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at McWane Science Center, 200 19th St. North.
SpringFest and the International Bazaar will present the UAB's World's Fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 on the Campus Green.
Returning to the workplace after cancer can be both rewarding and challenging. Here, experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offer tips to help cancer survivors make a smooth transition as they return to work.
A new study suggests that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise a year, while obese men don't do much better at fewer than four hours. "They're living their lives from one chair to another," said Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Cabin fever isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis, but it does exist, says Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. at the school of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The best way to get yourself out of your slump and in a happier mood is to get moving, find natural sunlight, and do anything that can engage your cognitive activity.
Kelly Garner, a Vestavia Hills resident, played the role of Good Samaritan during the snow storm that hammered Birmingham on Jan. 28. But that night, as he tried to walk home, he fell 40 feet into a ravine behind the Vestavia Library where he would spent the next 12 hours until being rescued the following morning. Garner talked about his experience just before his release today from the Spain Rehabilitation Center at UAB. He had spent two weeks in UAB Hospital and about nine days at Spain.
While at UAB to accept the prize, Botstein will conduct a special performance of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, free and open to the public, March 13 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.
"I started using Biodesign because I found it easier to handle during the endoscopic repair than competing products," said Bradford A. Woodworth, M.D., director of otolaryngology research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in which he evaluated the new device. "Although not directly measured, [I] feel it contributes to faster graft placement and increased operative speed."
To accommodate the surplus of women experiencing strokes, the University of Alabama at Birmingham developed new procedures and protocol that aim to prevent strokes in women. Although some of the steps should ideally begin early in life, other actions may be beneficial for older individuals.
Two new satellite locations in the Birmingham metro area will join UAB's Callahan Eye Hospital in providing optical services.
UAB will host a scientific and community symposium in honor of World Rare Disease Day
UAB schools of Engineering and Medicine capitalize on overlapping interests with launch of joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.
“I started using Biodesign because I found it easier to handle during the endoscopic repair than competing products,” said Bradford A. Woodworth, M.D., director of otolaryngology research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in which he evaluated the new device. "Although not directly measured, [I] feel it contributes to faster graft placement and increased operative speed."
"Stress can have many negative effects on the body, such as fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, weight loss or gain, muscle tension, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. You need to find an activity that helps reduce your stress," Jane Roy, an associate professor of human studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education, said in a university news release.
A free downloadable Cancer Resource app for smartphones that allows patients and caregivers to identify more than 500 valuable community resources for people in north central Alabama has been created by faculty and students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Visualize Birmingham without UAB.  Exit the Red Mountain Expressway at University Avenue (without UAB--it would be 8th Avenue South) and drive west. What would we see in place of the 86 square blocks occupied by UAB?
It's been a little more than one year since Ray Watts was named president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During that 12 months, UAB posted record enrollment for the fifth straight year. The school made several strategic hires, including four new deans. It added some high-tech upgrades to its cancer-fighting arsenal. And it launched a billion-dollar fundraising campaign.
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.
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