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
A UAB assistant professor will examine workplace health and safety issues related to worker impairment from marijuana use on a collaborative task force.
The nearly 60-strong UAB Concert Choir will represent the USA in the “Olympics of choirs,” the World Choir Games in Latvia.
UAB’s online bachelor’s marketing and management programs have been recognized by TheBestSchools.org as two of the best nationally.
The volume of information patients are given pre-operatively often exceeds their short-term memories, says lead author Thomas Vetter, MD, MPH, of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. "Our findings show that providing patients with a standardized instruction sheet … with simple language can improve compliance significantly."
A novel inhibitor of CD19 was well tolerated and showed promising activity in patients with relapsed or refractory B-lineage non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a phase I study.
According to a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers found that gliomas disturb normal neural connections and seize control of blood vessels. In order to move away from the central tumor, gliomas travel along blood vessels, which give them access to the blood supply for nutrients.
Facebook and UAB consult with each other on what to research and even what to teach. And this is typical nowadays when corporations team up with colleges. Relationships are cozier and more targeted.
The Edge of Chaos announced last week that it is creating a new Scholars Program to bring together some of the finest minds at UAB to attack what the venue's web site calls the "wicked problems" that "plague communities" and are difficult to solve.
In the article titled "Birmingham's Health IT Breeding Ground," Ken Congdon wrote about his recent visit to Birmingham where he learned of UAB's and Innovation Depot's role in helping grow the health IT industry here.
From Diabetes In Control.com
"We made a lot of assumptions and jumped to a lot of conclusions that the markers of cardiovascular disease and treatments for prevention of cardiovascular diseases will be the same in type 1 — and that just may not be the case," said Fernando Ovalle, MD, director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "This could potentially change the perspective on how we see the use of statins and the assessment of cardiovascular risk in general."
From WIAT.com
Dr. John Sloan, a Criminal Justice Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says prosecutors carry a heavy burden. Once police wrap up their reports and interviews, it is up to them to decide whether or not a child being left in a vehicle is a gross deviation from the expected standard of care or a tragic accident.
“Individuals with HCV are large users of outpatient, ED and inpatient services with increased and rising utilization by persons born between 1945 and 1965,” James Galbraith, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Infectious Disease News. “This not only presents a large economic burden on the health system, but more importantly highlights opportunities to identify these individuals and refer them to potentially curative treatment.”
"It's not very often that a new therapy comes along that has as much potential as this new, leadless pacemaker does," said Vance Plumb, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the School of Medicine. "Historically, the weak link causing failure of pacing has been the leads, which this device eliminates. It's a big step forward in patient treatment and a milestone for cardiac rhythm treatment in Alabama."
Louis Brunsting, M.D, associate professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Massoud Leesar, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Section of Interventional Cardiology, modified the procedure to take place over three days instead of all at one time to decrease the risk of bleeding a patient could endure due to blood-thinning medication taken prior to the stenting procedure.
Approved by University of Alabama System Board of Trustees last week, UAB is creating the Personalized Medicine Institute, the Institute for Informatics and the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) announced Tuesday it will establish a new Institute for Human Rights, one that school officials say can build on the Magic City's increasing reputation as a center for the study of civil rights and social justice.
After starting out as a musical tribute to the game in 2007, The Baseball Project blossomed into a full-fledged band, now with its third album all about baseball.
Professor David Schwebel, Ph.D., developed a new virtual-reality system to help reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths among children.
Lindsay A. Rhodes, M.D., was named to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Development Program Class of 2015. This program represents a commitment by the AAO to develop future leaders.
Amblyopia, commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is the major cause of monocular blindness in America, affecting up to 3 percent of young children.
People trying to lose weight are often told to eat more fruits and vegetables, but new UAB research shows this bit of advice may not be true.
UAB researchers lay out the facts on commonly held but often erroneous obesity myths. Their conclusion? It’s time to move on.
A robotics and cardiac cath procedure was carried out over three days and meant patient did not have to undergo more rigorous bypass surgery.
In a world where getting that first job out of college is no easy task, Suzanne Scott-Trammell, executive director of career and professional development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said internships are critical.
Methotrexate -- the inexpensive anchor drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis -- isn't being used optimally today, with few patients switching from the oral to the subcutaneous formulation or adding a second conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) before turning to a biologic, researchers found.
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