Health-care providers at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are seeking to do a better job of determining which of their patients are veterans of the U.S. military and what health needs or risks they may have related to their service.
Boni Elewski, M.D., led one of two trials featured in the New England Journal of Medicine that show secukinumab is a safe and effective psoriasis treatment.
The work of Roy Joseph, Ph.D., was chosen as one of the top 3 percent of abstracts submitted at ARVO 2014.
As the aging population doubles and minority groups skyrocket, we face increased challenges in tailoring our glaucoma care to each patient.
From SFGate.com
But Kegels are not just for women anymore. Pelvic floor exercises can help treat incontinence and perhaps sexual dysfunction in men, too, studies have found. Now the rush is on to persuade middle-aged men to get on the bandwagon.
"The vast majority of tumor cells are associated with blood vessels. These cells appear to be using the vessels as highways to travel great distances within the brain," said Harald Sontheimer, PhD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
From LiveScience.com
Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles.

From The Wall Street Journal
Fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, so people may feel full earlier. But without a reduction in overall calories, weight gain would be more likely than weight loss, researchers said. Although low in calories compared with other commonly consumed foods, fruits and vegetables can still add calories to an overall diet.
Jessie Dinkel, O.D., has been awarded the Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award, intended to promote the practice and development of the field.
More than 74,000 donors have contributed $500 million so far in UAB's largest-ever philanthropic campaign.
To better identify and treat patients that have served in the military, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine has partnered with Joining Forces, a federal initiative that supports veterans as they adjust to life back in the states.
Bill York recently became among the first patients in Alabama and the United States to receive a MitraClip device in a breakthrough, new minimally invasive treatment option used to aid patients suffering from mitral regurgitation. Oluseun Alli, MD, director of the Structural Heart Program in the UAB School of Medicine Section of Interventional Cardiology, and Massoud Leesar, MD, professor of medicine and section chief of Interventional Cardiology, performed the procedure on June 24.
In one clinical trial of men about to undergo prostate surgery, patients were randomly assigned to start doing Kegels before the operation or to get standard care without exercises. The difference in outcomes was startling, said Dr. Patricia S. Goode, medical director of the incontinence clinic at University of Alabama at Birmingham and one of the authors of the study.
“Frequently, patients are able to have the robotic bypass to the front of the heart, then return later for stenting of the other blocked arteries. We treated Mr. Parris during the same hospitalization because we were concerned his other blockages might become unstable and cause a heart attack if the stents were delayed,” Louis Brunsting, M.D, associate professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Once so committed to segregation that it was called America’s Johannesburg, Birmingham has loomed large in my consciousness. Throughout my Connecticut childhood, its name served as code for racial intolerance. Now, five decades after the civil rights movement’s most galvanizing events—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” the Children’s Crusade, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church—I’ve come down to see how much has changed.
“Aging is not such a deep part of our biology that it can’t be changed,” said Steven Austad, chair of the biology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “All this stuff seemed like science fiction a few years ago, but now we have it, at least in mice.”
n 2013, 10.81 people of every 100,000 in Alabama tested newly positive for HIV, and 18,416 people in Alabama lived with HIV/AIDS, according to preliminary statistics from the Alabama Department of Health.
Early rather than late palliative care support brought benefits to caregivers as well as the patients, making it easier for the caregivers to cope.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said that obesity in elephants is no laughing matter. "Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity," said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences. "Much as we see in humans, excess fat in elephants contributes to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility."
Cheri Plasters, a University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing graduate and nurse in transplant and general surgical services in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, will implement the "Have you ever served in the military?" campaign at UAB. UAB Hospital providers will obtain a military health history if a patient affirms he or she is current or former military personnel
The UAB Concert Choir entered the Interkultur World Choir Games in three categories last week in Riga, Latvia, and were awarded medals in all three, according to choir director Brian Kittredge.
UAB nutrition scientists launch an intriguing study of inflammation, obesity and infertility in African elephants in U.S. zoos, a study that may have an impact on the survival of the species.

Community volunteers pulled, straightened and draped long strips of colored fabric in the lobby of UAB'sAbroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Thursday afternoon, folding, matching and contrasting colors, preparing for the unveiling of a unique art installation on the UAB campus.

Amanda Browder, the Brooklyn-based artist behind the project, titled "Magic Chromacity," walked along the fabric providing helpful instructions as it was readied to adorn the exterior of AEIVA, and the Alys Stephens Center across the street.

UAB is reaffirmed as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Research.
With his unique voice and trademark sound, Scaggs will perform a mixed set of his timeless hits, plus original songs and classic covers from his latest album, “Memphis.”
The School of Medicine achieved the highest level of accreditation available to a medical school in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
UAB Medicine implements the ‘Have you ever served in the military?’ campaign in effort to improve quality of life, overall outcomes for veterans and active service members.
UAB is the only hospital in the state to offer the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure to aid patients suffering from mitral regurgitation.
Thursday night, The Baseball Project will crank up its 2014 summer tour in Birmingham in the Sirote Theatre at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Harald Sontheimer, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his colleagues report the findings in the journal Nature Communications. He says they found most brain tumor cells are associated with blood vessels and "these cells appear to be using the vessels as highways to travel great distances within the brain."
A new cutting edge device could give thousands of heart patients a new option and new hope.
Doctors at UAB are some of the few in the U.S. using the latest technology.
David B. Allison, associate dean for Science in the UAB School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of The Gerontological Society of America.
UAB visiting assistant professor Stacey Holloway will unveil her installation, "The Huntress" at the event, and her student, Jacob Phillips, will show "Amalgamation of Knowledge." Holloway has exhibited sculptures and installations throughout the nation, including galleries in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Brooklyn.
"I am very excited about the release of this therapy for an infection that is very difficult to treat," said Boni Elewski, M.D., Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Kerydin will offer patients a new, safe and effective treatment option for onychomycosis."
Many colleges and universities are expanding or building new health facilities, says M. Jacob Baggott, president-elect of the American College Health Association. One such school is the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he's executive director of health and wellness. Beside primary care services, he says many campuses offer sports health services, comprehensive health and wellness programs, and in some cases, dental and vision services.
Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his colleagues investigated the interactions between glioblastoma cells, astrocytes and cerebral blood vessels. They used mouse models of glioblastoma, fluorescent dyes and a variety of imaging techniques to see how tumor cells migrate through the brain and interact with other cells and blood vessels.
As one of the leaders of the largest employer in the state, University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System CEO Will Ferniany compares running the operation to controlling a battleship.
Scarinci’s work in the community is one reason for her appointment, and her goals will include promoting and fostering relationships in business, education and other areas.
“I am very excited about the release of this therapy for an infection that is very difficult to treat,” said Boni Elewski, M.D., Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that passing on the first meal of the day doesn't help or hinder efforts to lose weight.
Harvest for Health builds on a smaller study that was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which paired 12 cancer survivors with a volunteer master gardener.
The University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital is celebrating the nation's longest kidney transplant chain.
Get a jump on your July 4 celebration tonight and avoid the Thunder on the Mountain traffic.
At 7 p.m., the UAB Summer Band starts its annual Independence Day concert on the Bartow Arena lawn, 617 13th St. South. Listen to patriotic music to get you into the mood for the fireworks display that follows at 9 p.m. on Red Mountain.
“Aging is not such a deep part of our biology that it can't be changed,” said Steven Austad, chair of the biology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “All this stuff seemed like science fiction a few years ago, but now we have it, at least in mice.”
If you and your family like fireworks, the best way to enjoy them is by watching displays staged by professionals, according to eye doctors.
While you may be tempted to put on your own show, it's "better to just leave the fireworks alone and go to a show ... and let the professionals do it. That's the safest thing," Dr. Jay McCollum, an ophthalmologist and director of emergency services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital, said in a university news release.
It’s Sunday afternoon, and Dr. Jayme Locke, director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, is preparing for a marathon.

“We are going to be doing 14 operations this week,” she said, checking in on her patients.

Sprinkled among the rooms up on the eighth floor are patients waiting to receive the gift of life -- a new kidney. Also among the patients are the living donors bearing those gifts, people who are willingly giving up one of their two kidneys to help a stranger.
The exhibition is part of Space One Eleven’s ongoing Mentor-Mentee Windows program, which showcases works by art teachers and their students.
Since December, 21 living donor kidney transplants that have taken place at UAB are connected as donors “pay it forward” for a recipient to keep the chain going, and more transplants are scheduled for July.
UAB and Red Cross host a blood drive to combat summer shortages.
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