UAB School of Health Professions Current News

PA's join the fight for oral health

Oral diseases can have an impact on the health of all ages from babies in the womb to the elderly fighting tooth decay due to simple things such as their medicine. But oral health is often missed especially if patients do not routinely visit a dentist and instead rely on primary care providers. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) created a documentary to promote oral health in primary care facilities and prominently featured several UAB faculty members including our own Physician Assistant Program Director Pat Jennings,DrPh, PA-C, faculty member Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, along with UAB Dentist Jeff Hill and UAB patient Chris Cantrell.

Rimmer to head joint health promotion-rehabilitation science research

James RimmerInternationally known researcher James Rimmer, Ph.D., will become the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, effective Jan. 3, 2012, pending approval of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. In that role Rimmer, who has been developing and directing programs for people with disabilities for 30 years, will lead the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

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The dean has lost it - and is he ever happy

Dean Jones after losing 70 pounds.Dean Harold Jones after losing 70 pounds.Dean Harold Jones before weight losttDean Harold Jones before his weight-loss program.A biting comment by a faculty member helped motivate Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, to change the course of his life. His highly successful journey is chronicled on his blog, aptly named “Dean Jones is Losing It.”

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Physical Therapists have a happy job

Physical TherapyWhen it comes to the happiest jobs, physical therapists are at the top of the list. Forbes magazine listed its top 10 happiest jobs and physical therapists came in at number three because of social interaction and helping people.

Karlie Lewis, PT, DPT, CCCE, received her doctor of physical therapy in 2008 from the UAB Department of Physical Therapy and agrees with the reasons for being happy in her job.

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Low-carb diet good for overweight girls?

carbohydrate foodsA low-carbohydrate diet may help prepubescent girls avoid some risks associated with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A reduction in dietary carbohydrates improved various metabolic indicators in overweight African-American girls even in the absence of weight-loss, according to their findings published online Dec. 1, 2011, in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

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Race raises money for cancer research

Tim Nagy racing his carTim Nagy racing his car during the Third Annual Accelerating a Cancer Cure.People used their driving skills to raise money for cancer research. More than $4,500 was raised Nov. 20 for the Third Annual “Accelerating a Cancer Cure” benefitting the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Medical Technology in top 10 most employable majors

Medical_Technology2In a tough economy, deciding which college major can make the difference of whether or not you find a job when you graduate. The Wall Street Journal found the top 10 most employable majors. One of those majors is in the UAB School of Health Professions (SHP).

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Use the holidays to gather your family's health history

lynn_holt talks family history during holidaysUAB Genetic Counselor Lynn Holt says holidays are a great time to gather family medical history.How much do you know about your family’s health history? Did PawPaw die of heart disease? Has anyone had breast cancer, diabetes or miscarriages?

If you don’t know the answer to these and other family health questions, this holiday season is the perfect time to mine for information from both sides of your family on your family’s health history, says UAB Genetic Counselor Lynn Holt.

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Bickel volunteers to teach PT to Chinese health care workers

Scott Bickel demonstrates PT tips to Chinese health care workersScott Bickel demonstrates PT tips to Chinese health care workers.UAB alumni Tom and Janet Hicks began working in China as physicians in 1996. They have seen steady progress in the quality of care provided during the past 15 years, but there is much more that needs to be done — especially in physical therapy.

So the Hickses invited a team of physicians, nurses and other health-care providers to China. As a result, an interdisciplinary team of eight people — six with UAB ties — spent a week in Lanzhou, China, this past summer. Part of their mission was to teach physical therapy techniques to health-care providers at a hospital and nursing home. They also lectured on the state of practice in trauma/burns ICU, pediatric critical care and laparoscopic surgery.

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