Lots of people go on diets in the spring and summer so they'll look better in bikinis or swim trunks, and that's OK, up to a point. "Motivating factors such as 'bikini season' are good inspiration for behavior change," according to Krista Casazza, an assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently treated its first snakebite case of the season, noted Dr. Janyce Sanford, chair of the university's department of emergency medicine. "That is a usual pattern. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, snakes begin to get active and we begin seeing a bite or two," Sanford said.
“Physical activity really has to be at the base of any sort of recommendation post-stroke,” said James Rimmer, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Lakeshore Foundation.
Sticking to a diet or eating healthy can be tough when you step out of your normal routine and go on vacation.
Early palliative treatment for advanced cancer patients appeared to benefit their caregivers, who experienced lower rates of depression and better quality of life, researchers reported.
Nearly 80% of multiple sclerosis patients in a large registry reported overactive bladder symptoms, and more than one-third of newly diagnosed patients in a different cohort also had urinary dysfunction, researchers reported.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine have created an experimental blood test that, for the first time, determines a "Bioenergetic Health Index," or BHI, by gauging the performance of mitochondria, the cell's energy powerhouses. They report their laboratory findings in a recent issue of the journal Clinical Science.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are hoping to learn more about a deadly fungal infection called Cryptococcus.
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Markus Bredel, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology and senior scientist in the neuro-oncology program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues show how a phenomenon known as 'alternative splicing' allows brain tumors to incapacitate a key tumor suppressor gene, and that splicing happens in a tissue-specific context in a study published online in The Journal of Clinical Investigation
A well-known pediatrician and expert in children's digestive disorders from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named the new chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.
By now you may have seen the video of Birmingham Mayor William Bell and UAB President Ray Watts extolling the virtues of Birmingham on a business program in New York.
Make a healthful diet part of your vacation plans with a little preparation, says a UAB dietitian.
UAB researchers have created a blood test that determines a bioenergetic index, which could become an important method of measuring mitochondrial health in patients with chronic disease.
The UAB Children’s Creative Learning Center is hosting its six-week summer enrichment program for children entering kindergarten to sixth grade.
The Red Mountain Writing Project will host several camps this summer for children from middle to high school.
Researchers identify the strategy that highly aggressive brain tumor cells use to fuel their relentless expansion and reveal a fresh target for cancer therapy.
Recycled and donated fabric are still needed for New York artist Amanda Browder's massive project to wrap UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Art in August.
I called David Schwebel, a psychology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who has studied pedestrian behavior. He agreed that warm weather may be a Florida factor (places like Arizona and Las Vegas fare similarly) and added this: Warm places tend to be hubs for the homeless, who can bring issues of mental illness and substance abuse and who, by definition, walk around outside.
Some parents and teachers have expressed concern the last decade or so that the writing skills of children and teenagers may be impaired by their constant text messaging — using symbols and abbreviations — and their over-reliance on the auto-correct function in word processing programs.
Young adults who were exposed to adverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthy blood vessel function than young people without a traumatic past, a new study finds.
Dr. Janet Turan, an associate professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the UAB School of Public Health, has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the adverse effects of HIV-related stigma among pregnant women in Kenya.
After Dr. Sergio Stagno announced he was stepping down as the chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children's of Alabama, the university began a nationwide search for his replacement. That search ended today when UAB announced that Dr. Mitchell Cohen of Cincinnati's Children Hospital Medical Center would succeed Stagno and begin his duties Sept. 1
Mayor William Bell and UAB President Ray L. Watts brought Birmingham’s resurgence to TheStreet during a Birmingham Business Alliance economic development trip to New York.
Cohen, a leader in children’s digestive disorders, was chosen after a national search and will officially join UAB and COA on Sept. 1, 2014.
The free, family-friendly festival will showcase the best of Birmingham music, merchants and vendors from 5-10 p.m. outdoors at the ASC.
Beginning this afternoon, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine will host the annual meeting of The Midwest Islet Club (MIC), an important diabetes research event that puts the focus on the latest work by young investigators -- including a dozen from UAB.
"Systemic JIA is likely best classified as an autoinflammatory disease, based upon the robust clinical response to IL-1 inhibition and the absence of known autoantibodies, autoreactive T-cells, or association with HLA genotypes," explained Timothy Beukelman, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who was a co-author of the updated ACR guidelines.
The chlorine in tap water can form some less-than-savory compounds in your coffee, says Tracy Hamilton, Ph.D., a chemist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But you don't need to use bottled water: A faucet filter or pitcher unit can remove the chemical, Hamilton says.
Two new studies find that statins, drugs often prescribed to lower cholesterol, do not improve the health of patients who have chronic obstrutive pulmonary disease (COPD) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham participated in the study of the patients with COPD.
"This is ideal for the downtown community, UAB employees, UAB patients who do not have a primary-care physician, and established primary-care patients who either are unable to see their physician or need to be seen after hours," said Dr. Stuart Cohen, associate professor of Internal Medicine.
A three-year pilot grant from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Academic Affiliation has been awarded to the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center that will allow them to partner with the UAB School of Nursing on a residency program for mental health nurse practitioners.
UAB Medicine Urgent Care clinic will treat non-emergency conditions in patients ages 18 and older seven days a week.
ArtPlay and The Acting Studios will present “Th’ Burning: A Play with Music”  June 12-15 in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. It recounts the violence and bus burning in Anniston, Alabama, on Mother’s Day in 1961.
[Leslie] Wayne's art lies somewhere between paint and sculpture. In fact, in the works she will exhibit in "Mind the Gap," opening June 6 at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, the paint is the sculpture.

The introduction of targeted therapy has transformed the care of patients with lung cancers by incorporating tumor genotyping into treatment decisions. Adenocarcinoma, the most common type of lung cancer, is diagnosed in 130,000 patients in the United States and 1 million persons worldwide each year. 
Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is practicing what may be the most high-tech method of tracking looted sites and antiquities, using satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, a satellite company, and Google Earth to identify what she calls "hot spots." Tracking regions where looting occurs, she says, may help law enforcement and officials identify looted artifacts before they turn up for sale.
Using the data they've collected on nest temperatures, nest locations, and nest timing since 1998, scientists with the Mexican government (CONANP) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) can try to prepare the turtles for a warmer future.
When comparing the highest versus the lowest levels of between-visit variability in systolic blood pressure readings, there were greater risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, hospitalization for heart failure, and all-cause death through a maximum of 5.7 years of follow-up, according to Paul Muntner, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health.
UAB Medicine Urgent Care will open to treat non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries at the end of May or beginning of June, according to sources close to the project.
The yearlong residency, a partnership between UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is open to certified mental health nurse practitioners who have graduated within the past 12 months.
UAB researchers participated in a multi-site study that disproved a once-promising theory that statins might have a beneficial effect on lung function.
UAB Vision Sciences faculty member will serve with other leaders in his field from across the United States for a term lasting until June 2018.
Martella M. Nelson has been appointed medical librarian for the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus of the UAB School of Medicine and Baptist Medical Center South, effective May 1.
"Measles is a serious, at times, deadly disease," Dr. Stephen Russell said. Russell works at UAB Health Center in Moody. He says the cases are growing at an alarming rate. The symptoms are not easy to deal with.
A bus wrapped in UAB student Hannah Rettig’s graphic design will travel neighborhoods surrounding Birmingham’s Woodlawn community schools to provide services to parents.
At UAB this weekend, school children from the Birmingham area will be given the chance to play scientists, mad or not, and have fun doing it. The first Mad Scientist Day will take place at the Chemistry Building on campus.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded [Dr. Ragib Hasan, researcher and director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Secure and Trustworthy computing lab] over half a million dollars to develop software and a mobile app for location provenance, which helps people securely record and then prove their physical location history on any given day.
Guess what? If your bathroom has the sink and toilet in one room, and you flush with the lid open, there is fecal matter on everything within a 5 to 6 foot radius. Flushing aerosolizes your poop, depositing bacteria like Escherichia coli, or E. coli, directly onto your toothbrush —a nd brushing with an E. coli-loaded instrument could make you sick. “This bacteria is associated with gastrointestinal disease,” says Dr. Maria Geisinger, DDS, an assistant professor and periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
From The Washington Post
Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is practicing what may be the most high-tech method of tracking looted sites and antiquities, using satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, a satellite company, and Google Earth to identify what she calls “hot spots.”
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