Gene mastermind Shawn Levy, Ph.D., and his team at the HudsonAlpha Genomic Services Laboratory are helping UAB investigators — and researchers from around the world — crack the mysteries of life.
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July 10, 2015
Haydeh Payami, Ph.D., a leading geneticist recruited to the UAB-Hudson Alpha Center for Genomic Medicine and UAB Personalized Medicine Institute, is exploring the protective power of coffee and nicotine — and the mysteries of the microbiome — in Parkinson’s disease.
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July 10, 2015 Written by Bob Shepard
Rates of vision impairment are high among seniors living in subsidized housing, suggesting an increased need for widespread vision screening.
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July 10, 2015 Written by Shannon Thomason
Pedal steel guitarist Randolph’s prowess on guitar earned him a spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.
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July 10, 2015 Written by Tyler Greer
Many patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as adults do not fit the standard profile for a diabetes diagnosis; they are younger, are relatively fit and have little if any belly fat.
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July 09, 2015 Written by Jeff Hansen
The mimicry of bone cells by multiple myeloma is driven by overexpression of Runx2, the master regulator of bone formation.
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July 09, 2015
Joint Commission awards advanced certification in ventricular assist device destination therapy to UABWritten by Tyler Greer
UAB Hospital is the only Disease-Specific Certified program in Alabama and has had no observations or findings by The Joint Commission since joining the certification process.
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July 09, 2015 Written by Jim Bakken
While it is well-known that nonsmokers can get cancer from inhaling smoke, the amount of risk associated with secondhand smoke and stroke has remained unclear until now.
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July 09, 2015 Written by Bob Shepard
The American College of Surgeons has again verified UAB as a Level I Trauma Center, a designation held by UAB since 1999.
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July 09, 2015 Written by Jim Bakken
Virginia Wadley, Ph.D., says until this new JAMA study, whether or not stroke survivors are at-risk over the long term was an unknown.
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July 09, 2015 Written by Tiffany Westry Womack
UAB named to 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for general service, economic opportunity and education.
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Major long-term study shows stroke is associated with accelerated and persistent declines in thinking ability over 6 years.
Levine and her U-M colleagues used data from 23,572 Americans aged 45 years or older from the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Officials say the new Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network.
July 07, 2015 Written by Shannon Thomason
B.o.B is Bobby Ray Simmons, originally from Decatur, Georgia. The fall concert is set for 7 p.m. on the Campus Green and is free to everyone.
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July 07, 2015 Written by Tiffany Westry Womack
Studies show kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills during the summer. That loss is even greater for children of low socioeconomic status.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is hosting a summer blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross that will allow donors to help lessen the usual summer shortage of life-saving blood products.
People should take good care of their eyes year round, but "extra precautions" are needed in the summertime, according to Dr. Adam Gordon, a clinical associate professor in The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
“These studies demonstrate that [Kerydin (tavaborole, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc).], a novel, first-in-class, boron-based pharmaceutical approved by the FDA for the treatment of toenail onychomycosis, has a favorable benefit-risk profile and is an attractive option for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenail as a result of dermatophytes,” Boni E. Elewski, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues wrote in their study.
After a national search, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found a new surgeon-in-chief for its hospital and academic chair for its Department of Surgery.
July 06, 2015 Written by Shannon Thomason
The new Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is part of the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network, a national system of state networks focused on advancing and supporting women in higher education.
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"A lot of people say that when things get stressful and schedules get tight, sleep is the first thing to get sacrificed," study researcher Megan Ruiter, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told the Huffington Post . "It turns out that it's a lot more problematic than we previously realized."
An estimated 5.1 million people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias that eat away their ability to manage their financial affairs.
"She brought so much to Alabama and put Alabama on the national map, and the international map," in nursing education, said current Nursing Dean Doreen Harper.
At Harvey’s side every step of the way were “patient navigators” — in her case, nurses — whose job is to help guide cancer patients through a system that has become so complex and fragmented that it is beyond the ken of many people, especially at such a vulnerable time.
Top physician-scientist tapped to succeed Kirby Bland as chair of the UAB Department of Surgery.
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"Realizing that females likely process pain differently than males will allow us to focus on creating alternate pain therapies for each sex," said researcher Robert Sorge, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in UAB's College of Arts and Sciences.
Most current estimates suggest that 10 percent of all eating disorders occur in males, but at least one study from Harvard University suggests that the real figure may be closer to 25 percent.
hat plan reaches for excellence in the dental educational experience, enhances its diversity, broadens its capacity to help others in communities throughout the state, and adds to its degree, certificate, and fellowship programs.
Placebo research sounds like an oxymoron. Placebos are the stooges of medicine, the character in any clinical trial that everyone is rooting against. But they also have some remarkable properties.
July 02, 2015
The typical American diet versus a high-fat/low-carb diet — study takes aim at prevailing nutritional wisdomWritten by Jim Bakken
Foods high in fats have long been put into the “unhealthy” category by nutrition experts, but UAB researchers believe this may have been all wrong, all along.
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July 01, 2015 Written by Bob Shepard
UAB ophthalmologists have dinner in the dark to gain better understanding of what it means to be vision-impaired.
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July 01, 2015 Written by Tiffany Westry Womack
UAB School of Education honors children’s and young adult book author Jacqueline Woodson and UAB alumnus Tsuguhiko Kato at 26th annual Midsouth Reading and Writing Conference.
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July 01, 2015 Written by Jim Bakken
Convergence insufficiency can be mistaken for attention deficit disorder because the inability to focus eyesight can lead to reading and attention problems.
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July 01, 2015 Written by Jim Bakken
The online MPH from the UAB School of Public Health ranked second out of about 70 programs nationwide.
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Literacy has a new definition: reading and writing plus math, technology and health care, among other subjects. Discover how the Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center in UAB’s School of Education takes a comprehensive approach to help Alabama children and families succeed at work, at home and in the community.
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he majority of existing research shows that men and women have different sensitivity to pain, with women being more sensitive to pain overall, but the assumption has always been that a common pain circuit exists in both sexes that is altered by circulating hormones such as estrogen.
Magnolias are prized for their large, colorful, fragrant flowers. Does the attractive, showy tree also harbor a potent cancer fighter? Yes, according to a growing number of studies, including one from VA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham that is now online in the journal Oncotarget.
Over the past decade, cancer programs have made major investments in patient navigation, yet few have been able to demonstrate a measurable impact on the quality and cost of care. That’s why we were excited to see a preliminary study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) showing the impact of their lay navigation program on health care utilization and costs.
"Because our observations were limited to a four-week period, we are not sure whether neurodegeneration associated with α-synuclein is truly prevented or just delayed," senior author Andrew West, Ph.D., and colleagues wrote. "Either way, any interruption of neurodegeneration associated with Parkinson's disease might represent a significant therapeutic advance."
June 29, 2015 Written by Bob Shepard
A UAB researcher focusing on the epigenetics of drug abuse wins a significant funding award from the National Institutes of Health.
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"Caring for our eyesight should be a priority year-round, but there are extra precautions that should be taken during the summertime," said Adam Gordon, O.D., MPH, FAAO, clinical associate professor in the UAB School of Optometry.
The first test in a mammalian model of a potential new class of drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease shows abatement of neurodegeneration in the brains of test rats and no significant toxicities.
A compound from the magnolia flower that has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat anxiety can also be used to shrink tumors in head and neck cancers, according to a recent study.
June 29, 2015 Written by Katherine Shonesy
Male and female mice use different immune cells to process chronic pain, indicating that different therapies for different genders could better target the problem.
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June 29, 2015 Written by Tyler Greer
The school aims to continue offering students cutting-edge opportunities by expanding educational programming, enhancing diversity, growing research dollars and broadening its capacity to help Alabama’s underserved.
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