February 21, 2014
UAB in the News
How a molecular motor untangles protein"We don't know how proteins get tangled, but if we can study how proteins get disaggregated, it may have clinical relevance," said Aaron Lucius, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Chemistry.Rapidly rising temperatures inviting invasion of king crabs in AntarcticaIn fact, the overall effect of the migration of king crabs to shallower waters could be to make the unique Antarctic ecosystem much more like ecosystems in other areas of the globe.UAB professor wins $200K research grant from The V FoundationAn assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of five cancer researchers from around the country to be awarded a grant from the V Foundation.King Crabs Threaten Antarctic Ecosystem Due to Warming OceanThe study provides initial data and does not by itself prove that crab populations will expand into shallower waters. “The only way to test the hypothesis that the crabs are expanding their depth-range is to track their movements through long-term monitoring,” said James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), another author of the study.Giant king crabs 'could invade Antarctic' thanks to global warmingKing crabs may be poised to conquer the Antarctic as a result of global warming, scientists have warned.UAB physicians named among the nation’s top cancer doctorsNewsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 is a list of more than 2,600 leading cancer specialists across the country arranged by location and specialty.UAB awarded $9.4 million grant to lead a trial to improve blood pressure in the U.S Black BeltThe central objective of the "Collaboration to Improve Blood Pressure in the U.S. Black Belt - Addressing the Triple Threat" is to rigorously compare two strategies designed to improve blood pressure control in primary care practices serving rural Southeastern African-Americans with low socioeconomic status.Warming Antarctic waters may allow king crabs to "restructure" ecosystems"The only way to test the hypothesis that the crabs are expanding their depth-range is to track their movements through long-term monitoring," said study author, James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).Experts warn of morphing threat to voice biometricsIn research presented at the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) in Vienna, Austria, the UAB team warmed that people could inadvertently leave voice samples as part of daily life.UAB Medicine to open new $7M clinic in OctoberThe University of Alabama at Birmingham will soon be offering internal medicine and pediatric health care services in Leeds and surrounding areas when its new clinic opens Oct. 21.New Studies Awarded $23.5 Million to Tackle Health Disparities Related to Uncontrolled High Blood PressureEfforts to reduce health disparities related to uncontrolled high blood pressure among African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and low-income and rural individuals got a boost today with the announcement of $23.5 million for two new studies.Research finds automated voice imitation can fool humans and machinesUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that automated and human verification for voice-based user authentication systems are vulnerable to voice impersonation attacks. This new research is being presented at the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, or ESORICS, today in Vienna, Austria.The Indigo Girls discuss One Lost DayOn Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Grammy winners will return to Birmingham with a performance at the Alys Stephens Center.Maisel’s ‘Black Maps’ reveals catastrophic impact on environmentThe visually stunning results are on display at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts on the UAB campus.Social Factors Affect Survival in Young Patients With LeukemiaResearchers at UAB found that patients aged younger than 65 who were unmarried, lived in lower-income areas, and who were uninsured or Medicaid beneficiaries were at significantly higher risk of premature mortality.Study Demonstrates T2Candida Panel is More Sensitive and Rapid Than Blood Culture at Identifying Invasive InfectionsFrom Nasdaq.com
"This study was designed to take repeated blood samples from patients over time to determine the sensitivity of T2Candida compared to blood culture for monitoring patients on antifungal therapy," said Peter Pappas, M.D., FACP, professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham and principal investigator of the study.AHA: Teen Obesity Linked to Changes in T-Lymphocyte ProfileCarmen de Miguel, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues examined whether obesity would lead to different circulating T-lymphocyte profiles and activation status in Caucasian and African-American adolescents.Hypertension: Here's Why to Wait on the SPRINT Trial StrategyFor a veteran perspective on how SPRINT should play out in practice and guidelines — and when — MedPage Today spoke with Suzanne Oparil, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.UAB's latest NIH grant will form new center to study agingUAB is one of five other institutions to be designated as a Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, each of which have a specialized area of research. UAB's Nathan Shock Center will focus on understanding how energetics affect aging, according to a release from the school.UAB ranked among most affordable health care administration programsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham was ranked among the most affordable schools in the country to get a master's degree in health care administration, according to Healthcare Administration Degree Programs.Blood tests reveal early signs of cardiovascular disease risk in obese African-American teens“Obesity in the formative years is already priming the system to develop cardiovascular disease later in life,” said Carmen De Miguel, Ph.D., study lead researcher and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Researchers at UAB find fascinating differences in how men and women process painRobert Sorge and medical colleagues believe men and women experience pain differently and that women suffer chronic pain more often than men.UAB English instructor captures students' imaginations with comicsWelcome to a space where these blended works of art, prose and pop culture are treated as seriously as Shakespeare and given the time and attention they righteously deserve. Welcome to EH 214: Comic Books and Graphic Novels.Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health CareA new review of studies finds that LSD, psilocybin and MDMA hold potential for treating mental illness.UAB to give employees 4 weeks of parental leaveUAB plans to give eligible employees expecting the birth or adoption of a child up to four weeks of paid leave starting no later than next summerMarital status can impact leukemia patients' survivalSocial factors such as marital status, insurance status, and income may affect the chances of survival in young patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.What a Compelling Blood Pressure Finding Means for PatientsParticipants who got their systolic blood pressure below 120 had a markedly lower death rate and fewer heart attacks and strokes than those whose goal was a blood pressure below 140.Vitamin K Shots Necessary to Prevent Internal Bleeding in Newborns“These injections are necessary because babies have very low levels of vitamin K at birth, which can lead to serious bleeding problems if not supplemented. It is an essential nutrient babies need to assist the body in blood clot formation.”Chronic drinking disrupts liver's circadian clock, contributes to alcoholic liver diseaseStaying on an internal schedule is important for health, and disease can occur if the body’s internal clock is disrupted. A new study reinforces the importance of circadian rhythm, reporting that chronic drinking contributes to alcoholic liver disease because it impairs the liver’s production schedule of molecules that power it to run.How Southern Research and UAB are taking aim at chemical attacksResearchers at Southern Research and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be splitting a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of chemical attacks on the human body.RheumNow: Infection Risk in RA Rises With 2nd BiologicRA patients who were previously treated with a biologic have an increased risk of hospitalized infections with the start of a new biologic, with a crude incidence rate of 15.3 (95% CI 14.7 to 15.9) per 100 person-years.FDA Approves Update of Janssen's RA Treatment, Simponi AriaMeasuring physical, mental and social function can provide a more comprehensive view of how RA treatment impacts patient lives,” said Dr. Jeffrey Curtis, MD MS MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology.New partnership strengthens path to college for 9,300 low-income students in AlabamaThe Alabama Community College System has partnered with the UAB-led GEAR UP Alabama program to provide full tuition waivers to students in the Class of 2020 and 2021 who meet specified criteria for admission to attend any public community or technical college in the state.UAB ranks in top 150 in list of world universitiesThe Center for World University Rankings, based in Saudi Arabia, ranked schools based on eight indicators, including the recognition received by alumni and faculty.Azithromycin Routine in Hospital Despite Risk for QTc ProlongationAzithromycin is routinely prescribed to hospitalized patients despite risk factors for corrected QT prolongation and administration of interacting medications, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.Study compares hospitalized infection risk for biologics in RAHuifeng Yun, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues compared risks of hospitalized infections associated with biologics used to treat RA using Medicare data from 2006 to 2011. Patients were followed from initiation of new biologic treatment after previous treatment with a different biologic.UAB hits initial $2M goal toward restoring footballAccording to AL.com, Hatton Smith – the Royal Cup executive tasked with leading efforts to raise $13 million toward facility improvements – said the fundraising committee already has more than $2 million cash in hand.The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Evolution Labs Join Together to Change How Prospects Interact With AdmissionsEvolution Labs today announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham has chosen its S360™ engagement platform to enhance the admissions experience of prospective students.Birmingham's top women in tech: Kathy NugentAs the head of the commercialization wing of research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nugent is forming a new strategy to turn research into more economic development opportunities and attract more venture capital into Birmingham.Tips on insomnia, snooze buttons, hot baths, putting phones away and moreAmy Amara, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist and sleep medicine physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says there are a host of factors that can disrupt sleep; but she also offers some suggestions that can help you catch those elusive Z's.