New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases shows consuming a "Southern-style" diet -- consisting of processed meats, fried foods and sugar-sweetened beverages -- results in higher risk of death in those with chronic kidney disease.
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Not all texting bans are alike, of course. But ones aimed at teens and that allow primary enforcement of the law — i.e. they don’t require officers to have another reason for the traffic stop — had the most dramatic effect, a team of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health found in a study published in the August American Journal of Public Health.
Pop performers DeQn Sue and Parachute will perform for students on the Campus Green; gates open at 6 p.m. with the two-set performance starting at 7.
Lice are highly contagious and tough to treat and remove. Here are some facts, tips and personal experiences with the tiny, parasitic insects. 
As kids prepare to go back to school, UAB experts say planning ahead with these tips can help children reach academic and personal goals.
Free computational tools available on the Web can simplify a few of the steps involved in developing an SRM/MRM assay. Once developed, an assay will need to be further refined and validated by the researcher.
"This is the first study to identify a regionally specific diet pattern that is highly associated with adverse outcomes among persons with kidney disease," said lead author Orlando Gutiérrez, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's well known that the Southern region has poor health outcomes in a number of different areas including stroke, heart disease and sepsis, and that the style of diet plays a role."
Joy P. Deupree, an assistant professor, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows in the United States for 2014, according to a news release on Wednesday from the Foundation. Maria R. Shirey, a professor and assistant dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships in the School of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a fellow in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education,
Everyone knows that children need their vaccinations, but it's less well known that adults also need to get their shots  – some of which can help save lives – according to an infectious diseases expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
A new study has good news: The easiest and most obvious intervention—making texting while driving illegal—works. Traffic fatalities dropped 3 percent in states that allow police to pull over drivers for texting, according to new research from the American Journal of Public Health.
Elementary and high school students and their parents who wish to learn more about the importance of the much-hyped STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – can attend the STEM Awareness Forum to be held in Bessemer tonight.
Consuming fried foods and sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to a 50 percent increase in risk of death, according to a new study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

A public auction will dispose of surplus used equipment Aug. 18. An opportunity to preview the merchandise for sale is set for Aug. 14-15

“There’s no system in place like the one children have to keep adults on schedule with vaccines, so they’re done on a more voluntary basis,” said Paul Goepfert, professor in the UAB School of Medicine. “As such, the immunization rates of adults are always low.”
"We have a broader array of workers than you'd see in other cities, from hourly employees in mining and manufacturing to CEOs of biotech firms," says Jack Howard, Ph.D., associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business. "It's a laid-back culture, but there's a very strong work ethic."
There are a lot of regimens being tried in transplant, and most include calcineurin inhibitors that have significant toxicity," Anupam Agarwal, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told MedPage Today. "Hence, if one could safely reduce the dose of the calcineurin inhibitor and still benefit from its immunosuppressive properties, it would be huge advance."
The UAB Cancer Center was selected as one of 30 cancer centers in the nation, and one of only five in the Southeast. The five-year grant, which awards $497,800 annually, allows the Cancer Center to be part of NCI's primary infrastructure to conduct state-of-the-art cancer treatment and advanced imaging clinical trials, especially large, definitive multi-institutional trials evaluating new cancer therapies and related clinical approaches for both adult and pediatric patients.
“MitraClip therapy is a groundbreaking treatment for mitral regurgitation, which is the most common type of heart valve insufficiency,” said Oluseun Alli, M.D., director of the structural heart program in the UAB School of Medicine Section of Interventional Cardiology. “This device is currently the only minimally invasive treatment we have for these high-risk patients, and it is the only device that has been effective in treating severe mitral regurgitation apart from open surgical repair or replacement.
A new study involving researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and other institutions says patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes should eat a diet low in carbohydrates.
“Very little is known about whether laws banning texting while driving have actually improved roadway safety,” UAB's Dr. Alva Ferdinand said. “Further, given the considerable variation in the types of laws that states have passed and whom they ban from what, it was necessary to determine which types of laws are most beneficial in improving roadway safety.”
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has enrolled the first patient in the United States in a Phase III clinical trial to find a treatment for preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects a relatively small number of pregnancies – 5 to 8 percent – but its prevalence is growing.
"They're getting the experience they need to get plugged into that whole cyber security realm and maybe go work for Facebook," Director of UAB's "The Center" Dr. John Sloan said. "So we have folks that are working on developing new tools. We also have folks who are taking existing tools and then applying them in innovative ways to address cybersecurity issues."
Shirey, who will be inducted in September, is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies.
Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ will take the stage first at 7 p.m., with alternative hip-hop  rockers G. Love & Special Sauce performing the second set.
The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital has opened its remodeled emergency department and newly renovated Lions Eye Clinic.
The Quad Rider makes it easy to shift gears and brake, enabling people with poor grip-control to safely cycle.
Orientation begins for the third class of UAB medical students doing clinical clerkships in Montgomery.
The easier it is for a police officer to write you a ticket for texting while driving, the safer the roads will probably be, argues a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
More than 90 new Woodlawn High School 9th and 10th graders will get their school year off to a good start this week by taking part in special learning activities planned for them on the campuses of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Lawson State Community College.
UAB has only done a handful of procedures fixing hearts with a MitraClip device but the device has delivered its promise. And that promise is fixing a potentially dangerous heart valve problem called mitral regurgitation.
As kids prepare to head back to school, required immunizations are typically on the to-do list, but getting potentially lifesaving vaccines should not end when adulthood begins, says one University of Alabama at Birmingham infectious diseases expert.
effrey R. Curtis, M.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues utilized 1998 to 2011 data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to identify RA patients initiating rituximab, abatacept, or anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. The authors sought to assess the comparative risk of hospitalized infection associated with anti-TNF and non-anti-TNF biologic agents.
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A low-carb diet works effectively in tackling type-1 and type-2 diabetes, a new research by the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests.

In a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that texting bans were significantly associated with a 3 percent drop in traffic fatalities among all age groups.
Along with UAB's Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, the city of Birmingham along with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge want to change food deserts. The challenge gives grant funds to work with cities to identify problems and solutions.
The family-friendly 5K/Fun Run is open to participants of all ages and will take place Saturday, Sept. 6.
A team of UAB business students and Birmingham high school students is analyzing living conditions in Birmingham’s 6th District.
States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans.
Though kids often stay on track with receiving vaccines due to school requirements, with no system in place, adult rates remain low, according to one UAB expert.
According to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating more fresh produce does not necessarily lead to weight loss, especially if the fruits and vegetables aren't replacing high-calorie foods in a person's diet.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences announced Lisa Tamiris Becker will be the first director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
The UAB Benevolent Fund, a charitable campaign supported by donations from employees at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, is celebrating its 30th year of service by creating a new initiative to help support area non-profits.
Becker’s Hospital Review has named the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs.” 
A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that among a group of more than 100 premenopausal women, fat was significantly reduced in those who consumed the most calcium-rich foods.
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a normal-weight person aged 45 and more getting less thsn six hours of sleep is at a higher risk of suffering from stroke and even developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Both mother and unborn child are in danger.
High school students will be introduced to life at UAB and career options with exciting hands-on learning opportunities that reinforce academic skills.
Consuming a low-carbohydrate diet should be the first step taken by those with diabetes, according to a new study.
A UAB professor has been named to the first 40 Under 40 list from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
UAB’s Benevolent Fund will award a Community Impact Grant worth up to $50,000 to a community nonprofit.
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