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."
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.
Doctors at UAB are some of the few in the U.S. using the latest technology.
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.
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.
“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.