UAB School of Health Professions Current News

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.”


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


NMT student wins "SHP's Biggest UAB Fan" contest

Damien Milton wins SHP Biggest FanIt was a tight race, but Nuclear Medicine Technology student Damien Milton won the inaugural "SHP's Biggest UAB Fan" contest. He barely beat out Sarah Calamusa by receiving the most "likes" or votes on the SHP's Facebook page. Dean Haorld Jones presented Milton, a senior, a "big check" for his $250 book scholarship for the spring 2012 semester. 


Nutrition Sciences receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding

gates_storyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges. Mohammad Khaled, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled “Healthy Growth of Infants by Treating Maternal Anemia.”