February 21, 2014
UAB in the News
Airway disorder among smokers associated with worse respiratory quality of lifeThe study consisted of an analysis of paired inspiratory-expiratory computed tomography images from a large multicenter study of current and former smokers from 21 clinical centers across the United States.Medical detectives tackle undiagnosed diseases at UABThe clinic can also provide some answers for patients and families suffering from conditions that have never been identified in the medical literature.2016 TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak wish reveal to be streamed live at UAB Hill Student CenterUAB invites the Birmingham community to join us for a TEDxUABLive event to see what Parcak plans to do with the prestigious TED Prize.UAB football building, master plan, health projects on UA Board of Trustees agendaTrustees are also scheduled to consider a resolution approving the 2015 master plan for the UAB campus.UAB increasing minimum wage to $11 an hourThe change marks UAB's first minimum wage increase since 2007. It goes into effect with the March 20 pay period and will appear on the April 8 paychecks of more than 1,100 employees.UAB receives $1M in funding from Sickle Cell Foundation“As we have found treatments to extend life expectancy, we now face the challenge of helping patients transition from pediatric to adult care.”Finding a Drug for Healthy AgingA group of experts on aging envisions a route to realizing Dr. Fries’s proposal: one or more drugs that can slow the rate of aging and the development of the costly, debilitating chronic ailments that typically accompany it.Obesity and dementiaResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have discovered yet another reason for people to watch their weight—new evidence of the link between obesity and dementia.UAB discovery may offer new therapeutic approaches to asthmaUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found a previously unknown step in the pathway that leads to asthma, a discovery that may offer new therapeutic approaches to this incurable disease.Does Fat Make You Forget? Obesity Link to Memory Loss Probed in StudyObesity’s epigenetic changes in memory-associated genes are the focus of a new University of Alabama at Birmingham study that specifically addresses the hippocampus – and what is happening down on the level of neurons.Discrimination, alcohol and tobacco linked to panic attacks in minoritiesWhen minority Americans are treated as dishonest or less smart or are disrespected, threatened or called names, they are more likely to meet the criteria of having a panic attack.What to Do When Your Kid Crashes a Bike“Children should use appropriate protective gear and parents should ensure their child is ready before placing them into bicycling situations where serious injury is possible," says David Schwebel, PhD, a professor and vice chair of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he specializes in child accidental injury.Is it really that bad to skip breakfast? Here's what the science says.Researchers have published a number of observational studies that find an association between abstaining from breakfast and having a higher body mass index or higher rates of illnesses like coronary heart disease.UAB hits second 'Finish the Drive' football fundraising milestoneUAB announced that $5.2 million had been secured for the Finish the Drive campaign, which started last summer.Teen sleep deprivation causes adverse health effectsThe researchers examined two dimensions of sleep — sleep duration and sleep problems from the perspectives of adolescents and their parents, as well as cortisol levels before and after social stress.Henry Panion on making music essentialBut throughout the year, Panion’s educational efforts offer real-world musical enrichment on several levels to students through community group youth programs, home-schooling curricula and most of all, from Woodlawn High and its feeder schools.For older drivers, sleep meds are linked with car accidentsAs a possible explanation for the findings, lead author John N. Booth III, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, noted that while men and women take the same dose of the drug, women generally have higher concentrations of the drug in their plasma.It’s clear exercise is it, here’s whyThe good news is that exercise – especially weight bearing exercise – undertaken after the weight loss journey, can help to counteract this, a study has found. This is despite the common understanding that exercise alone won’t help with losing weight.Vaginal Insert Offers Relief for Women with Accidental Bowel LeakageIn July, Holly E. Richter, Ph.D., M.D., director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, introduced Green to the Eclipse System, a new nonsurgical treatment designed to provide immediate bowel control.Alcohol, Discrimination and Tobacco Linked to Panic AttacksA new research has identified discrimination, alcohol and tobacco as significant predictors of minority Americans experiencing panic attacks - fearful spells with psychological symptoms that last a few minutes and are often debilitating and disruptive.New fecal incontinence system made available to select US centers of excellenceA new, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved nonsurgical treatment for fecal incontinence was made available Thursday to select centers of excellence in the United States. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is among the first to offer the innovative system.Sarah Parcak: Space Archeologist Wizard GeniusSarah Parcak has the coolest job title in the world.UAB Blazer Boosters donations exceed $5 million for 2015Outstanding financial support and civic pride helped provide the necessary tools for UAB student-athletes and coaches to strive for excellence on and off the field.Azithromycin safe, effective treatment for chlamydiaDuring a recent investigation, 97% of patients who received azithromycin were cured of chlamydia, according to William M. Geisler, MD, professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues.UAB space archaeologist appearing on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertSarah Parcak has brought global attention to UAB, most recently by winning a 2016 TED Prize and a $1 million grant.The #1 Weight-Loss Reason to Skip BreakfastIs breakfast still the most important meal of the day—or can skipping A.M. calories help set you on the path to better health and rapid weight loss?Lack of sleep increases unconscious eating, could drive rates of type 2 diabetesThe study, conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham's (UAB) Department of Epidemiology, sheds more light on the link between sleep deprivation and obesity and type 2 diabetes.Did Egypt’s Old Kingdom Die—or Simply Fade Away?In the past decade, climate data revealed that a severe and long-term drought afflicted the region during this same time, providing evidence of an environmental trigger that led to what has long been considered a dark age of Egyptian history.Ten-year-old concussed patient participates in research to identify biomarkers in mild traumatic brain injuriesErin Swanson, M.D., recognized Lewis' eye tracking and convergence issues and identified him as a prime candidate for the VORClinic, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists focused on concussion research that was introduced in April.These scrubs were worn while lives were saved. Now they're a work of art in BirminghamLifesaving scrubs were repurposed as art to celebrate the UAB Women and Infants Center's fifth anniversary. Two quilts were created for a program of UAB Arts in Medicine.Q&A With Fadi Hage From University of Alabama at Birmingham: Patient's Own Cells Could Be Key To Acute Kidney Injury TreatmentFinding a way to treat acute kidney injury has been no easy task for the medical community. Now researchers are looking at whether a patient's own cells could be the key to providing the treatment they need.Research shows typical American diet can worsen chronic painSufferers of chronic pain are more susceptible to prolonged and pronounced health issues when practicing poor diet habits, according to new research published by University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Robert Sorge, Ph.D., and team in the Journal of Pain.Deadly candidiasis must be addressed swiftly to help vulnerable patients"Virtually anything in the body can be infected with Candida, but infections of the blood stream, or seeded from the blood stream - heart, brain, eyes, kidneys, liver - are the ones we worry about the most," said Peter G. Pappas, MD, lead author of the study and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.UAB President Ray Watts assumes chairmanship of Birmingham Business AllianceDr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected chairman of the board of the Birmingham Business Alliance for 2016. Watts will succeed Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Co.New study links short sleep to distracted secondary eating and drinking"However, we are looking at whether short sleep is linked to more time spent in secondary eating or drinking, that is, eating or drinking beverages other than water—such as sugar-sweetened beverages—while primarily engaged in another activity, such as television watching."Rassini partners with UAB to develop thermoplastic suspension systemUAB School of Engineering students will work with Rassini engineers as part of the collaboration, and Rassini is sponsoring two of the three graduate students attached to the project.BBVA Compass Field first of many athletics facilities coming to UABSaying it is ”just the beginning,” University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts joined Blazers officials and BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez Wednesday in debuting BBVA Compass Field.Functional biomarker for age-related macular degenerationThe findings validate a concept the UAB team first considered nearly 16 years ago: slowed dark adaptation is an early functional biomarker for AMD.Senators Condemn Big Price Increases for DrugsSenators from both parties on Wednesday denounced huge overnight price increases for decades-old drugs that have been made by some pharmaceutical companies lately, calling them unconscionable and detrimental to patients.BBVA Compass CEO, MLS player help christen new UAB soccer stadiumBBVA Compass Field at UAB, which was funded by a $1.5 million gift from the bank's foundation, seats about 2,500 people and will host both men's and women's home soccer matches.