David Pigott, a doctor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham department of emergency medicine and member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, believes that news of the epidemic's spread from Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighboring Guinea and Nigeria has put most, if not all, U.S. health workers on notice.
The announcement heralding the upcoming  arrival of Smita Bhatia and Ravi Bhatia at the University of Alabama at Birmingham calls them a "powerhouse team" and, indeed, their credentials back that description up.
Faculty from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education and the state schools superintendent will be among 35 presenters at an upcoming autism conference designed for parents, educators and college students.
Birmingham-based MPT gives back to the community with a gift that will help build the new UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and business building.
Research volunteers are needed for a UAB study to determine which combinations of Type 2 diabetes drugs work best for different groups of people.
A change in the interview process for applicants to the UAB School of Medicine — think speed dating for med school — will help officials better assess each applicant’s abilities.
An Alabama doctors' group has come out swinging in a humorous campaign to thwart what it says is an oppressive and expensive new medical coding system.
“The sales tax advantage enjoyed by online retailers who do not collect or remit use taxes that are owed is bad enough. The Marketplace Fairness Act and a level playing field is about much more than just sales and use tax revenue losses. Alabama and other states are losing jobs, household income, and retail enterprises as B2C e-commerce continues to grow. Our retail enterprises are not just moving from downtown to our suburbs; they are moving out-of-state, and those businesses will not support our communities in many significant ways, if at all.”
Movi is a replacement of the old-fashioned wheelchair. It is designed for use in a hospital or skilled-nursing facility, or even in the home as a mobility aid. It stems from recognition by University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System CEO Will Ferniany that traditional chairs do not meet the needs of modern hospitals.
The idea behind these programs, called “CAPTCHA” — for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart — is essentially to prevent robots from taking over the World Wide Web.
A grand opening was held at the new Student Health and Wellness Center at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB, Birmingham, Ala.). The 23,000-square-foot center is equipped with counseling space, exam rooms, laboratory spaces, an immunization area, X-ray room, waiting rooms, administrative areas and offices.
CVS has announced new clinical affiliations with University of Maryland Medical System, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System. Patients served at these academic medical centers will have access to services including clinical support, medication counseling and wellness programs at CVS' pharmacies and MinuteClinics in these areas.
The first two cohorts of Ed.S. students are organizing a conference in October aimed at helping answer everyday questions.
Internationally renowned husband and wife cancer researchers join UAB and showcase its  recruitment muscle
Work can be a dangerous place. That point was made clear in Birmingham this past week with two fatal workplace shootings on Tuesday that left four dead and an explosion at a steel plant Sunday that killed two workers and critically injured another.
"What we have seen in the last 15-20 years is that the companies most susceptible to violence are the ones with the least security measures in place," explains Jack Howard, associate dean at UAB's Collatt School of Business.
Movi is a replacement of the old-fashioned wheelchair. It is designed for use in a hospital or skilled-nursing facility, or even in the home as a mobility aid. It stems from recognition by University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System CEO Will Ferniany that traditional chairs do not meet the needs of modern hospitals.
Two entities will receive grants through the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, a CDC program that began in 1999. The Montgomery Area Community Wellness Coalition will receive $909,455; the University of Alabama at Birmingham will receive $943,212.
University and student health and wellness leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on a new facility that combines the Health Services medical clinic and Counseling Services to provide students a full range of primary care services
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; several local activities support the cause.
UAB clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients.
The Outstanding Periodontal Educator Award recognizes Palcanis’ impact on teaching and educational innovation.
School of Nursing’s Lynda Wilson, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing, will present as part of a casual lunch.
The Alabama Retail Association, along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business, recognized 13 retail businesses in 48 Alabama cities and 12 other states as Retailers of the Year.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will play host on Thursday to a unique traveling exhibition designed to call attention to the problem of suicide among college students.
Anyone who wishes to pick up some tips regarding the preservation or restoration of old books and manuscripts should attend a lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Thursday by Gabrielle Fox, a fine-binding expert and book conservationist from Cincinnati, Ohio.
All who attended the meeting agreed there is a problem: In some states, a patient who needs an organ transplant can move up the waiting list quickly.
In others where donor organs are much more scarce, patients can die waiting.
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Older adults have the most experience handling money and hold the lion’s share of the nation’s household wealth. But they’re also subject to normal cognitive aging, which brings with it a decline in number skills, processing speed, flexible decision-making and short-term memory, said Daniel Marson, a professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"Today, the UAB School of Medicine and our physicians, scientists and patients call on Congress to finish the job and pass an NIH funding bill that restores the indiscriminate budget cuts enacted two years ago as part of sequestration," said Selwyn Vickers.
The collaborating medical centers include the University of Maryland Medical System, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System. Through these clinical affiliations the patients served by these medical centers will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic division of CVS Health.
September 25, 2014

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The replacement of the old-fashioned wheelchair is here: the Movi chair, designed for hospitals, nursing homes and anyplace where patient mobility is important.
A program to boost early childhood nutrition and break the cycle of obesity kicks off in Birmingham’s Woodlawn neighborhood Sept. 28.
The award is presented annually to authors of a peer-reviewed published paper that has contributed the most to the knowledge of periodontal regeneration in a given calendar year.
Alabama's 2014 Retailers of the Year were announced and honored on Tuesday by The Alabama Retail Association and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business.
The biggest predictor of health,” Dr. Frank Franklin declares, “is wealth.” Franklin, professor emeritus of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is reflecting on the glaring social and economic disparities that have prevailed in Birmingham and Jefferson County for decades.
" Anxiety, difficulty sleeping, feeling on edge, replaying of the events over and over, intrusive thoughts and images, emotional numbness, feelings of sadness, all can and often do occur in the immediate hours and days after an event," said Josh Klapow, associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Public Health.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham AIDS Outreach have joined together for a research project to locate, assess and re-engage those people living with HIV/AIDS who have fallen out of care.
Teams gather during UAB’s Blazer BEST Hub bug robot competition testing at the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. BEST Robotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage middle and high students to pursue careers in technology and engineering. UAB’s Blazer BEST Hub is one of the BEST Robotics hubs, which are represented nationwide.
The UAB Piano Series is presented by the Department of Music, part of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. The series brings the world's finest pianists to Birmingham.
Not only can fluid overload increase a patient’s risk for death, but it can add several days to the hospital length of stay (LOS) and more than $15,000 to the total health care cost, according to a study presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meeting.
Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says relationships that take place primarily on the road can work if each party agrees to the "ground rules."
"Memory improved with the absence of H2A.Z, which was unexpected, since we hypothesized that H2A.Z would be a necessary part of memory formation in normal situations," J. David Sweatt, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neurobiology said. "This gives us an intriguing new target for therapies for conditions involving memory loss or poor memory formation."
Children's of Alabama has further solidified its partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham by pledging $5 million to The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything.
The Blazers are set to take on Florida International University at 3 p.m. at Legion Field; join the NAS tailgate party from noon-2:30 p.m.
Join the ASC as it presents groundbreaking contemporary gospel crossover duo Mary Mary in an uplifting, inspiring performance.
The Sept. 25-26 Birmingham event is designed for college and university instructors and professors, practice educators, and health care training and development staff who desire to learn strategies for working with, engaging and supporting diverse student and employee populations.
Discussion will cover the possibility that medical advances would allow humans to live much longer lives.
On the heels of reaching the halfway point of its ambitious $1 billion fundraising goal, UAB’s compelling “Give Something, Change Everything” TV spots highlight diverse initiatives.
For people living with HIV/AIDS, coming to regular medical visits is critical to keeping viral load suppressed.
The Children’s of Alabama board of trustees voted to pledge support for pediatric initiatives in the UAB School of Medicine.
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