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.
The positive benefits of for universities can be significant, including: a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship that promotes recruitment and retention of faculty, increased student success through participation in real world research, public benefits from applied research that seeks to address global challenges, economic development, increased opportunities for funding through inter-institutional and interdisciplinary grants, new start-ups and international research relationships, and increased prestige and fundraising from a stronger university brand.
In an effort to determine the role between gardening and the health of cancer survivors, experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) studied both survivors and gardeners, pairing them together and noting the outcomes.
"Across the board, all the studies we reviewed showed a near-zero effect on weight loss, " study co-author Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, an instructor at the UAB School of Public Health, said. "So I don't think eating more alone is necessarily an effective approach for weight loss because just adding them on top of whatever foods a person may be eating is not likely to cause weight change," she said.
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.
Nepal has high rates of HPV infection, which nearly always causes cervical cancer. UAB research looks at the prevalence and a potential screening method.
Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created position of associate director of globalization and cancer in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Lawrence Sincich, Ph.D., has been awarded $1.1 million to advance the technology for improved optical access and visual testing of the retina.
The Patient and Family Resource Center at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center provides a comfortable place to find support.
Three of the world's most-cited researchers work at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, according to a new report on the world's most influential scientists in 2014. Other Alabama researchers are on the most-cited list. They are: Robin D. Rogers, chemistry, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Casey T. Weaver, immunology, University of Alabama in Birmingham; Julie M. Decker, microbiology, UAB; Jesus F. Salazar-Gonzalez, microbiology, UAB; and J. David Sweatt, neuroscience and behavior, UAB.
The Interkultur World Choir Games may not draw the attendance and viewer numbers of the World Cup, but they may be the equivalent competition among choral groups.
"So I don't think eating more [fruits and vegetables] alone is necessarily an effective approach for weight loss because just adding them on top of whatever foods a person may be eating is not likely to cause weight change," said Kathryn Kaiser, an instructor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Birmingham and the Hoover metro area rank sixth in the nation when it comes to pedestrian fatalities. UAB Psychologist Dr. David Schwebel has developed a life sized simulator to help teach children how to safely cross the street.
The American Society of Nutrition is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals.
The pair, at the ASC on July 17, will present one elegant show with a seamless blending of classic duets, fan favorites and selections from each artist’s catalog.
David Schwebel, a University of Alabama at Birmingham psychology professor, has designed a simulator to teach children how to safely cross the street in Birmingham, one of the nation's most dangerous cities for pedestrians.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have shed new light on how cells called gliomas migrate in the brain and cause devastating tumors.
Researchers say it is time to abandon some popular but erroneous obesity myths. In a new article, the team presents nine obesity myths and 10 commonly held but unproven presumptions that the authors suggest lead to poor policy decisions, inaccurate public health recommendations and wasted resources.
Dipping quickly into the gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor, Alabama Institute of Medicine, has approved three grants for stem cell research totaling about that amount. The board of directors voted last week to approve the grants to three separate projects at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
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