February 20, 2014
UAB in the News
Lingering outrage for a dead lion, but why are we so mad?"For the vast majority of us, the lion represents something that is amazing, something that is powerful, the king of the jungle," said Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Research says 'play value' gap exists between playgrounds in affluent and nonaffluent communitiesThe play value of parks, playgrounds and open play spaces is higher in affluent communities than in nonaffluent communities, according to research from occupational therapy students in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions.The role of genetic variants in CRP in radiographic severity in African Americans with early and established rheumatoid arthritisRheumatoid arthritis (RA), a common form of inflammatory arthritis affecting synovial joints, has a variable clinical expression ranging from mild disease to severe joint destructionBlood Pressure Fluctuations May Signal RiskLarge variations in blood pressure readings from one doctor’s appointment to another are associated with cardiovascular disease and death, a new study has found.Why nearly all colleges have an armed police forceColleges have always had crime: "violence and vandalism and all the various things that happen when you put a bunch of relatively young people together in a relatively small space," said John J. Sloan III, a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Alabama Birmingham who studies campus crime.Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?Do you roam city sidewalks with your nose buried in your phone, oblivious to what's going on around you? If so, you may want to look up and start paying attention.ROSA Robot Helps Detect Source of Seizures in Patients with EpilepsyROSA offers patients, and their physicians, a unique advantage over traditional surgical approaches: It can do the job with a lot of little holes as opposed to one very large opening.25 largest public hospitals in America | 2015From Becker's Hospital Review
UAB is listed as the third largest hospital in America by number of beds.Tornado protection panels made of thermoplastic compositeWith the 2011 Alabama tornado catastrophe still lingering in the minds of many, University of Alabama at Birmingham research has led to the creation of new technology designed to help save lives in a natural disaster.Reading remedy prompts brain dialogue in children with autismThe therapy is intended for children who can read aloud well but struggle to understand the meaning of the text.Meet the Most Influential: Art Tipton, Southern Researchipton plans to continue SRI’s work in drug development, the defense world and clean energy, while also increasing collaboration with UAB and boosting commercialization efforts from the research that takes place at the institute.Alzheimer's risk assessmentAlzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors will die with it. Yet almost half of the people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers never know they have it.Innovative tornado panels installed in Montgomery homeThe UAB panels were approved by the National Storm Shelter Association to hold up against an EF5 tornado.St. Baldrick's Foundation awards grant to UAB doctor for pediatric brain tumor researchThe latest award is one of several grants the organization has presented to Dr. Gregory Friedman, an oncologist who treats brain tumor patients at Children's of Alabama.Study points to potential treatment for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpuraThe syndrome is called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, and treatment involves exchanging three to seven liters of plasma each day, at a cost of $10,000 a day. This costly care may continue for several weeks or months.How emissions threaten humpback whalesFrom Christian Science Monitor
Carbon dioxide emissions do more than just trap heat in the atmosphere; CO2 also lowers the pH of the seawater, making it more acidic. Now, research suggests that this acidification could drastically transform the entire ocean food chain.Cool Spaces: Inside UAB's historic 1896 Victorian HouseThe Roberston-Johnson home in Birmingham's Southside, pictured here in 2011, houses ArtPlay, an arts education initiative of UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. The Queen Anne Victorian home was built in 1896.University engineers develop way to tornado-proof any homeEngineers at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) have developed building panels they believe will make homes in the path of tornadoes safer and reduce deaths and injuries.UAB to reinstate football for 2017 seasonAthletic director Mark Ingram said the NCAA informed UAB that football play can resume at the Football Bowl Subdivision level beginning with the 2017 season. UAB would be eligible for postseason bowl competition, should it meet qualifying standards, as well as Conference USA championships.Tornado-Proof Panels Create Personal Storm SheltersCreated by a team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the panels are made up of a combination of thermoplastic and fiberglass resins and fibers, which makes them stronger than the steel used in many storm shelters.Researchers Install New Tornado Panels Alabama HomeIn June, UAB’s tornado panels designed to protect against flying debris were installed as an integral component of a safe room in a new construction home in the Montgomery, Alabama area.Tough new tornado panels take a stormy beatingUAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).British Open 2015: As Scores Drop, Paul Dunne, an Amateur, Rises to TopBorn in Dublin and raised on Irish junior golf, he just finished his senior year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last month, he finished fifth in the N.C.A.A. Division I championship. His caddie this week is Alan Murray, who was also his coach at U.A.B.UAB opening mental health clinic for LGBT communityOfficials say the clinic is run by the university's department of psychiatry and will begin seeing patients from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.UAB buys more property on the Southside in $3M dealThe university recently acquired the 20,000-square-foot medical office building at 728 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S. from Paula LLC for $3 million, according to Jefferson County public records.Irish amateur Paul Dunne 'pretty pleased' with dream Open startThe University of Alabama-Birmingham golfer, who qualified for The Open for the second year in a row, even shared the lead after he birdied the first two holes to get off to a flying start in just the second group of the day and his status as an early joint leader.UAB to open Alabama's first mental health clinic for LGBTQ patientsChair of the school's department of psychiatry and behavioral neurobiology James Meador-Woodruff said in a statement studies have shown an increased risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide among LGBT people.Former UAB golfer Paul Dunne takes another swing at St. AndrewsPaul Dunne, a native of Ireland, hopes to better relax during his second trip to The Open at St. Andrews. Last year, he missed the cut by two after shooting 75-73.Removing Confederate monument would 'edit history,' professor saysIn Birmingham, debate has swirled about a 110-year-old monument to Confederate veterans that stands in Linn Park. At a June city council meeting, activist Frank Matthews had demanded that city leaders remove the obelisk.UAB researchers find therapeutic target for treatment of acute spinal cord injuriesAccording to this research, conducted on mice, the administration of a drug that prevents loss of myelin - the insulating sheath around nerve fibres that allows signals to be transmitted - increases the mobility of the mice after an injury.Second-hand smoke increases stroke riskNew dangers of passive smoking have been highlighted, with an American study concluding that second-hand smoke (SHS) can increase the risk of stroke by 30 per cent.Memory keeps declining for years after strokeA stroke happens in an instant, but memory and thinking ability can keep getting worse for as long as six years afterward—at a rate much faster than normal brain aging.Multiple myeloma hides in bones like a wolf in sheep's clothingMultiple myeloma uses a trick akin to a wolf in sheep’s clothing to grow in and spread to new bone sites. By overexpressing Runx2, a gene that normally is a master regulator of bone formation, the cells of this largely incurable cancer produce proteins that mimic the normal bone-resident cells.Memory, thinking ability keep getting worse for years after a stroke, new study findsMajor long-term study shows stroke is associated with accelerated and persistent declines in thinking ability over 6 years.Memory And Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study FindsLevine and her U-M colleagues used data from 23,572 Americans aged 45 years or older from the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and funded by the National Institutes of Health.UAB launches network for women leaders in higher educationOfficials say the new Alabama Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education is part of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network.comment UAB kicks off blood drive, a chance for donors to stem summer shortageThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is hosting a summer blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross that will allow donors to help lessen the usual summer shortage of life-saving blood products.Tips to protect your eyes from sun, fireworks, other summer threatsPeople should take good care of their eyes year round, but "extra precautions" are needed in the summertime, according to Dr. Adam Gordon, a clinical associate professor in The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.Kerydin effectively treats toenail onychomycosis in two phase 3 trials“These studies demonstrate that [Kerydin (tavaborole, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc).], a novel, first-in-class, boron-based pharmaceutical approved by the FDA for the treatment of toenail onychomycosis, has a favorable benefit-risk profile and is an attractive option for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenail as a result of dermatophytes,” Boni E. Elewski, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues wrote in their study.UAB taps new surgeon-in-chiefAfter a national search, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found a new surgeon-in-chief for its hospital and academic chair for its Department of Surgery.