Socioeconomic influences on diet and exercise are often blamed for racial disparities in obesity rates. But new findings at the University of Alabama at Birmingham published in Obesity suggest those assumptions may be false.
In his memoir ‘Positive,’ Michael Saag warns that our broken health care system is more dangerous than the AIDS epidemic.
Those passersby used to seeing Complex Vision, a highly visible sculpture outside of the Callahan Eye Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, may be blinking twice at the sculpture's absence.
Three UAB students are recognized by prestigious national scholarship program for academic excellence.


Complex Vision, a kinetic sculpture that has graced the Callahan Eye Hospital for 40 years, giving patients something pleasing to the eye, has been taken down for a refresh.
African-Americans have higher obesity rates than do whites, and while socioeconomic status is often believed to be the root cause, a new UAB study suggests other factors should be considered.
The Young Supporters Board (YSB) of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its annual Fiesta Ball fundraiser at B&A Warehouse downtown on Thursday, May 1, from 6-10 p.m.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced last month that it is building a new drug discovery center in order to develop drug treatments for viral infections with limited options for treatment. The UAB School of Medicine is leading the project to develop the Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center (AD3C).
It's possible that teens who take longer to stop growing are exposed to growth hormones for longer periods, which may affect glioma risk, said study researcher Rebecca Little, a and doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be in Birmingham Wednesday as UAB and the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority present a new city bus powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Michael Saag, professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the Center for AIDS Research, received the award [Clinical Excellence Award at the National Physician of the Year Awards] at a ceremony at The Pierre Hotel.
Come out to West Campus for a free afternoon of fun with a Blazer Village and softball and football games presented by UAB Athletics. 
Parkinson’s disease awareness is highlighted with official recognition from Alabama and the city of Birmingham in April.
Andrew Demshuk to spend a year comparing cities rebuilt after World War II.
Students design award-winning device to help physically disabled.
The event will highlight genetic testing of embryos, the move toward transferring single embryos to avoid multiple births and UAB’s record success in IVF.

Local schools participated in 25th annual Egg Drop, held atop Vulcan for the first time.
“Poor body image is associated with both indoor tanning behavior and eating disorder behaviors,” David Schwebel, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, wrote in an accompanying editorial.
From: LiveScience
Teens who take longer to reach their full height may be at increased risk for certain types of brain tumors later in life, a new study suggests. It's possible that these people's bodies produce a lower level of growth hormones over a prolonged period, which may confer a higher risk of tumors than a higher level of growth hormones over a short period, said Rebecca Little, a  and doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Malcovery was launched as a result of an exclusive worldwide license with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and based on research conducted at the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR).
A University of Alabama at Birmingham-developed viral treatment for brain cancer has passed another critical hurdle.
Several UAB art and art history students and faculty members recently took part in honoring four members of the Alabama Air National Guard who were killed during the ill-fated, CIA-backed attempt to invade Fidel Castro's Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in 1961. They painted new art on the nose of one of the planes flown by the Alabama Air National Guard's 117th Air Refueling Wing.
UAB is hosting its seventh annual undergraduate research expo. The event is a chance for students to present their scholarly work to faulty and the UAB community.
“The Irony of the Solid South,” Glenn Feldman’s book on the role of race in shaping the Republican South, receives award.
UAB PRCA/PRSA was named PRCA Chapter of the Year for the 30th time in the last 33 years.
Suffice it to say that Prine’s April 11 concert at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center was a two-hour gem.
From: Fox 6 Alabama
UAB's egg drop competition had 566 students invent a way to safely land an egg dropped approximately 100 feet from Vulcan onto the ground below.
Researchers don’t know how long any study participants were married or how recently they were divorced or became widowed. But the results drive home the message that a person’s heart risks can’t be judged by physical measures alone—social factors and stress also matter, said Vera Bittner, a cardiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
That a good doctor-patient relationship can improve health outcomes has been shown before, for example in a study that showed diabetic patients are more successful at monitoring their blood sugar when their doctor is more empathetic, said Rodney Tucker, MD, chief experience officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.
For Dr. Michael Saag, the director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the new drugs eliminate the need to use interferon altogether. “I don’t plan on using interferon again unless I can help it,” he told IBT, pointing to the drug’s harsh side effects, toxicity and relative inefficacy.
From: U.S. News & World Report
"Poor body image is associated with both indoor tanning behavior and eating disorder behaviors," David Schwebel, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, wrote in an accompanying editorial.
The kinetic art sculpture on the front of the Callahan Eye Hospital is getting a sprucing up. Work crews were on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Friday, concentrating on the artwork named Complex Vision.
Patient experience measures like communication, responsiveness, cleanliness and pain control among criteria for UAB Hospital’s 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
An estimated 1,200 students will participate in UAB’s two spring commencement ceremonies, with at least 2,828 students set to graduate.
In his series Everything Is Going To Be All Right, Alabama-based artist Jared Ragland, adjunct professor of photography and Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator for Department of Art and Art History at UAB, takes us through the night in New Orleans, both past and present.
The UAB Political Science Club on Friday is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" debate for Alabama House of Representatives districts 52, 54 and 55. The three districts were chosen because of their proximity to the UAB campus.
Genkyotex, a developer of selective NOX enzyme inhibitors, announced today the publication of data showing that GKT137831, a first in class NOX1 and 4 inhibitor, was able to reverse lung fibrosis associated with aging in a new model of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
In the first six months of the 2013-14 fiscal year, UAB supporters have exceeded the amount gifted online in the entirety of 2012-13.
Four undergraduate students have been named to the first honors class citing of their outstanding academic achievements.
UAB’s Epilepsy Center is housed in the Department of Neurology under the direction of Jerzy Szaflarski, M.D., Ph.D.
Biomarkers and new treatments for glaucoma are topics for the April 15 lecture.
The Birmingham Business Alliance is performing better than its peer cities in two-thirds of its 12 key measurements, but its chief executive said there is plenty of room for improvement.
While the source of of an individual’s allergy varies, tree pollen is a primary problem during the spring for people who suffer from allergies, according Dr. Richard Waguespack, an ear, nose and throat specialist and clinical professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“Specifically, we were able to demonstrate that established fibrosis in lungs of aged mice is partially reversed by administration of GKT137831, a new NOX inhibitor from Genkyotex,” explained Victor J. Thannickal, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Director, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s May 1 Fiesta Ball will support the work of UAB’s young cancer research scientists.
The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved two endowed positions, an endowed lectureship and three emeritus promotions.
Candidates for the State House of Representatives will attend a forum at UAB
In findings published April 9 in Science Translational Medicine, the UAB team describes the mechanism that contributes to persistent fibrosis in the aged, and suggests targets that may help reverse the buildup of scar tissue.
"Failure of this trial to reach its primary efficacy endpoint has forced me (and everybody else) to rethink this issue. Much more clinical and preclinical research is needed before we can define the role of renal denervation in the management of hypertension and its complications/comorbidities.Suzanne Oparil, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham report a genetically engineered herpes simplex viral therapy is safe when used in conjunction with radiation in the treatment of malignant gliomas, one of the most deadly forms of brain cancer.
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