UAB in the News
The Big Business Of Looted Antiquities
"One of the main challenges we faced kind of post Arab Spring, post 2011, is simply a lack of stability in the Middle East," said UAB's Sarah Parcak, Ph.D. "Many archeological sites that would have been well guarded have actually been affected by looting."7 marijuana myths you may believe are trueResearchers with the University of California San Francisco and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that, while long-term, heavy marijuana use could take a toll on a person’s lungs, the air-flow rate of a person’s breathing actually increases with increased exposure to marijuana – up to a certain level.Exercise may help curb overeating after a mentally taxing workday: studyHitting the gym after a mentally demanding workday may help you eat less, according to a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Socioeconomic Status Play A Major Role In Multiple Myeloma Survival
Health experts have identified some key factors for patients to survive different kinds of cancer. In a new U.S. study, experts have pointed out that income and educational background could be identified as factors to consider patients' survival against bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma.Collat School of Business to offer new degree path
UAB's Collat School of Business is now offering a new bachelor's degree option in human resource management.Mom opens up about co-sleeping dangers after her newborn daughter suffocates
UAB Advanced Nurse Coordinator Freda Centor recommends room sharing, not bed sharing. She suggests bringing a bassinet, crib or even a pack 'n play in the bedroom and placing beside the parent's bed.Birmingham hospital adds beds for opioid addiction
The Addiction Recovery Program at UAB is adding beds and staff to better handle an influx of patients struggling with addiction to opioids and other IV drugs.Alys Stephens Center: 20 years and counting
On May 21, 2017, Itzhak Perlman, who has garnered 16 Grammy awards, four Emmys and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, returns to celebrate ASC’s 20th anniversary season. The featured artist on the May 17 Viva Health Starlight Gala, Perlman is one of a star-studded lineup, which brings some of the center’s most renowned acts from the past 20 years, as well as first-time performers.Wearable cloud moves closer with smart jacketA pair of researchers from UAB are working on a project to determine the feasibility of producing a wearable personal cloud, and have presented a prototype "cloud jacket" to illustrate the notion.Alcohol more likely to cause chronic pancreatitis in black patientsBlack patients were almost twice as likely as white patients to have alcohol or smoking as a cause of their chronic pancreatitis, according to recent findings published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology by UAB's Charles Mel Wilcox, MD, MSPH, and colleagues.Social class may influence multiple myeloma survivalHousehold income and education levels may play a bigger role than race or ethnicity in whether patients survive the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma.With thread and needle, come healingUAB artist in residence Lillis Taylor combats anxiety at the UAB Women and Infants Center with her weapon of choice: wooden embroidery hoops.Driving While Distracted: Parents do it, too"We're finding estimates of about half of all parents say that they drive distracted," said Despina Stavrinos, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's distracted driving research lab.Research shows sharing of cavity-causing bacteria may not be only from mothers to childrenNew ongoing research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry is showing more evidence that children may receive oral microbes from other, nonrelative children.Parkinson’s: Mutant Enzyme, α-Synuclein Interaction May Be PreventableResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham report that the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease, a mutant form of the LRRK2 enzyme, contributes to the build-up of α-synuclein in neurons — a telltale sign that the nerve cells are destined to die.Blocking specific neuron interaction may slow Parkinson's progressionTwo experimental drugs that block LRRK2 kinase enzyme were shown to lessen aggregations of alpha synuclein protein, which have been shown to play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease, report researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham.UAB optometrist improves treatment and care for patients with dry eyeKelly Nichols, O.D., Ph.D., a dry eye expert and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, conducted research studies for the parent drug company to explore the efficacy and safety of lifitegrast in treating this eye condition that affects more than 16 million adults in the United States.Zebrafish's growing impact on medical researchZebrafish are becoming more and more popular as a research model for human disease. Along with mice and humans, they are one of the most commonly studied animals in biomedical research.Discovery may Lead to Novel Treatment to Slow Progression of Parkinson's DiseaseThe research team has shown that the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease — a mutant LRRK2 kinase enzyme — contributes to the formation of inclusions in neurons, resembling one of the hallmark pathologies seen in Parkinson's disease.UAB professor wants to fight dependence with psychedelicsA new pilot trial at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is examining the potential of a surprising tool for treating cocaine addiction: the psychedelic compound psilocybin.UAB expands partnership with Jefferson State Community CollegeThe University of Alabama at Birmingham has expanded its joint admissions program with Jefferson State Community College to include two new full-tuition scholarships, as well as a reverse transfer credit program.New study increases understanding of chronic fatigue syndromeResearchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine set out to see if CFS symptoms truly were worse after some sort of physical exercise or strain.Checkpoint in B cell development discovered with possible implications on vaccine potencyIn a paper published in the July 14 inaugural issue of the journal Science Immunology, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers report a new quality-control checkpoint function in developing B cells, cells that produce antibodies to protect the body from pathogens.Why women live longer than men"Humans are the only species in which one sex is know to have a ubiquitous survival advantage," the UAB researchers wrote. "Indeed, the sex difference in longevity may be one of the most robust features of human biology."Laundry detergent pods particularly dangerous for childrenNow a new study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, has compared the dangers of laundry pods and standard laundry detergent and found that exposures to the pods are more likely to land a child in the hospital.How Extra-Coding RNAs Regulate DNA Methylation in BrainThe creation or removal of memories in the brain involves addition or removal of methyl groups at precise spots on chromosomal DNA. But what is it that controls the careful targeting of these neuronal DNA methylation dynamics?Harold Ripps makes $500,000 commitment to UAB football operations centerThe UAB Department of Athletics has announced that Harold W. Ripps, a local philanthropist and CEO of Rime Capital Account, Inc., has made a $500,000 commitment to the UAB Athletics Foundation in support of the Football Operations Center.UAB psychologist warns Alabama summers can cause ‘increased anger and aggression’“Tempers get shorter as we get hotter, and we are more likely to react angrily to circumstances that wouldn’t bother us as much if the weather were cooler.”Parkinson's biomarker found in urine, researchers sayResearchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found the LRRK2 protein is present in the urine of Parkinson's patients, suggesting they can track both the disease and the efficacy of experimental treatments.UAB researchers target Antarctic sponge for promise against deadly MRSA infectionIn the frigid Southern Ocean, off the coast of Antarctica, only the strong survive. “Sponges aren’t protected by shells and they can’t move around,” said James McClintock, Ph.D., Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology. “When you’re that leaky, you have a constant battle on your hands.”UAB to open new multispecialty clinic at Montgomery hospitalThe new clinic includes urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and rheumatology specialities and will be located on the first and second floors of the UAB School of Medicine building within the hospital's campus.Genomic Medicine Education Gets $3.5M Boost From NIHCalled the Institutional Training Grant Program in Genomic Medicine, the initiative has awarded $3.5 million in five-year grants to research institutes to provide genomics training to postdoctoral fellows who have earned an MD or PhD.UAB to be first in Alabama to develop proton treatment centerPI focuses on one- or two-room facilities to perform a radiation therapy that targets tumors to cause less damage to surrounding tissues and has fewer side effects.Parkinson's Disease biomarker found in patient urine samplesStored samples of urine and cerebral-spinal fluid from patients with Parkinson's disease hold a brand-new type of biomarker — a phosphorylated protein that correlates with the presence and severity of Parkinson's disease — new research indicatesHow Psychedelic Drugs Could Help Treat AddictionAcross the US and UK, new clinical trials are using psychedelics in an attempt to treat addiction to everything from controlled substances including cocaine to alcohol and cigarettes.Living to 150? Two scientists make a $300 bet with a $500M payoffIn 2000, researchers Steven Austad, now of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Chicago, each bet $150 over whether the first person who could live to age 150 was already born.People Support Ethical Automated Cars That Prioritize The Lives Of Others — Unless They're Riding In OneAs self-driving cars have quickly shifted from the realm of science fiction to the real world, a common debate has surfaced: should your car be programmed to kill you if it means saving the lives of dozens of other people?Art Review: Putting On Identity: María-Magdalena Campos-Pons at AEIVA, BirminghamMaría Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most significant artists to come out of post-Revolutionary Cuba—a judgment supported by the powerful presentation of her recent work at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.Why do women outlive men?In a perspective piece published in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham explored what gives women the survival advantage.Thompson Foundation makes $500,000 commitment to UAB football operations centerThe UAB Department of Athletics has announced that Mike Thompson, President and CEO of Thompson Tractor Co., Inc., has made a $500,000 commitment from his family's foundation in support of the Football Operations Center.