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. Bailey is the leader of a study¹ that saw the benefits of introducing palliative care strategies, typical of hospices, within the setting of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
A UAB/VA study shows that home hospice techniques on terminally ill, hospitalized patients have a positive impact on end-of-life care.
UAB researchers say that antibiotics continue to be inappropriately used in emergency rooms despite worries over antibiotic resistance.
James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., selected to receive AAP Excellence in Research Writing Award
Two musical tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. take place Sunday, Jan. 19, a day before the national holiday marking the civil rights leader's 84th birthday. The first is the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's annual "Reflect and Rejoice" concert. Then the UAB Wind Symphony will perform "Homas to the Dream."
Many clinicians contacted by MedPage Today said they'd feel comfortable writing a prescription for an app. "I have looked at some of the data supporting the role of technology like this in the management of diabetes, and I think it may be the [wave] of the future," said Fernando Ovalle, MD, an endocrinologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A machine designed for use in heart-lung bypass surgeries earlier this year is being re-purposed again to save those with extremely severe cases of flu, University of Alabama at Birmingham officials announced.Fifteen severely ill flu patients have received a chance for another breath thanks to the last-resort therapy employing the ECMO.
The end of one gene fused to the beginning of another and, voilà, a new, composite gene was born. In most people the two-component gene does not work. But in a small percentage the gene functions and puts its possessors at increased risk for lupus and potentially other autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, says a team of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In a small study, researchers found that the experimental drug — called pritelivir — substantially curbed "viral shedding" in people with genital herpes. That means it decreased the amount of time the virus was active and potentially transmissible to patients' sexual partners. There is still a lot of research to be done, said Dr. Richard Whitley, an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who wrote an editorial published with the study. But he said it's good news that drugs that work in new ways are under development.
You may have inherited your mom's slow-mo metabolism, but you’re not stuck with it. New research shows you can trick your body into burning calories more efficiently, especially if you hit the gym. By strength-training just a couple of times a week, for example, you’ll reverse 50 percent of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age, said Gary Hunter, professor of human studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
We hear about flu cases every year and that push to get a flu shot. But doctors say this year you may want to heed their advice. "I would say that we're seeing a large number of cases this season and that we have seen a lot more serious illness resulting from positive flu swabs," Dr. Blayke Gibson with UAB Hospital said.
The UAB SPIES Lab research on two facets of user-centered Internet security will be presented at the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium.
Pediatric medical research is poised to take a giant step forward as new federal legislation establishes the implementation of network sites across the United States studying various diseases.
The Alys Stephens Center will present the second annual “Light Dreams” festival May 8-10, and inspirational words from the community are needed for a digital art projection.
Physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are using a new technology known as ECMO as a last-resort therapy for extremely severe cases of the flu. ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is a sort of portable heart/lung bypass machine. The machine was first developed for use in heart bypass surgery, but it has now also been used as a bridge to heart or lung transplantation as well as the treatment of severe lung diseases.
The dean who for two decades helped propel the UAB School of Medicine into one of national prominence has died. Pittman was known for his ability to recruit and retain nationally and internationally known doctors and scientists and for his innovations that left a lasting stamp on the institution, according to a statement released today by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
UAB employing ECMO technology to treat severe cases of the flu when conventional therapy fails.
Cognitive decline is prevalent in older adults and can seriously affect quality of life. To determine the potential benefits of cognitive training on cognition and daily functioning in older adults, researchers conducted the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study. This study is funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging to the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as six other universities.
A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man living in Berlin of infection with the AIDS virus. The man, who is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV. “It’s an interesting proof-of-concept that with pretty extraordinary measures a patient could be cured of HIV,” but it is far too risky to become standard therapy even if matched donors could be found, said Dr. Michael Saag of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ann Marie Reynolds, now 32, was on a kidney transplant list for a third time and had less than a 1 percent chance of finding a match when she learned of UAB Hospital’s Paired Donation Program. Doctors at UAB used the organ exchange program to match Reynolds with a compatible donor in a three-way organ exchange that also paired two other hard-to-match kidney patients with compatible donors. The UAB program uses a computer system to match living donors with potential recipients.
The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, a visually stunning building designed by architect Randall Stout, is set to open its doors to UAB art students and the public. Named for principal donors Judy and Hal Abroms and Ruth and Marvin Engel, the institute seeks to bridge UAB’s resources with those of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and [exhibit] “Material Evidence” is the first example.
While popular culture proclaims the holiday season as a time of happiness, grief-stricken people can have an especially hard time balancing the merry with the mourning, says clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow, an associate professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“People tend to have an all-or-nothing approach — ‘I’m either super-duper healthy or I’m just not going to worry about it,’” Kitchin said. A new study shows it’s worth it to find that middle ground.
In its story about Jefferson County’s emergence from bankruptcy, Forbes magazine awarded the lion’s share of credit for the area's economic rebound to UAB’s research enterprise, high-tech business development, investment in the community and local partnerships.
If you have a phone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system, it’s a good idea to run antivirus software. “The number of Android devices is huge,” said Ragib Hasan, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Alabama-Birmingham who studies smartphone malware. “It makes sense for cybercriminals to focus on that platform.”
UAB’s own Henry Panion III, Ph.D., is featured on the cover of this month’s B-Metro magazine. A University Professor of Music, Panion was selected for the magazine’s “The A List: Birminghamians who made the year great” feature.
The lessons graduate student Tim French learned from UAB have improved safety for 10,000-plus soldiers.

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved several faculty appointments and the establishment of an endowed lecture during its recent meeting. 

UAB health policy experts recently completed a survey of 601 Alabama residents on issues of the ACA, the Exchange and Medicaid expansion.
UAB offers U.S. Preventive Services Task Force-recommended CT scans for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, causing more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
Larry Powell, Ph.D., spent time with an award-winning director and put his fascinating stories in a book.
Gel form of a medication for Parkinson’s disease speeds response time over traditional pills.
The Birmingham Art Music Alliance will present the free concert at Samford University, with a program of original works by composers with Alabama ties.
The NCHC is the professional association of undergraduate honors programs and colleges, honors directors, and deans, as well as faculty, staff and students.
For more information about the UAB School of Education, go to www.uab.edu/education.
Each year, CGI U brings together 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to address challenges with practical, innovative solutions.
Newfound details of rare disease may advance understanding of brain tumors.
Be intentional when selecting smart phone apps for your kid, UAB experts say.
Preparation for an innovative, complex UAB program has been years in the making, and up to 30 “hard-to-match” patients are expected to receive organs this year.
Hundreds of the nation’s top physicians practice at UAB, according to the latest edition of the Best Doctors in America® database.
A genetic variant that shapes each person’s immune response contributes to the chances of developing autoimmune disease.
Kuleshov will perform a program of works by Bach, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt.
A $10,000 grant will support a public performance and two outreach programs conducted by Ailey II through ArtPlay.
The 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults contains nine recommendations for health care providers.
Medical device advice: home blood pressure machines and the who, what and when of digital thermometers.
UAB’s Collat School of Business students get grants and plan to help the community and inspire local students.
From free student and faculty recitals and performances to guest artist recitals, master classes, symposiums and more, UAB Music has much to offer the community.
Running around town trying to get holiday tasks crossed off the list may mean jaywalking to save time. But one UAB expert says this should be avoided at all times.
Donations from the foundation to UAB total more than $10,000 to date.
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