UAB in the News
Nationally recognized UAB literary journal is being renamed after author Harper LeeThe journal's new name, Nelle, pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nelle Harper Lee.Study highlights risks of sepsisA new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzing three different methods for characterizing sepsis has helped to illustrate the risk of death or severe illness attributable to the condition.University of Alabama at Birmingham Receives $1.4 M Grant from HRSA to Improve Healthcare for Underserved PopulationsThe funding is to help improve the health of underserved communities across the country by increasing access to quality primary health care services.Work nears completion on $10M UAB Medicine renovationConstruction is nearly complete on the $10 million project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System entity. The 64,000-square-foot renovation involves the third and fourth floors of the John N. Whitaker Building. The expansion also includes a connector bridge.UAB’s Jim McClintock talks climate change on NPR’s Morning EditionJames McClintock, a marine biologist, talks with David Greene about how warming temperatures have had a dramatic impact on the glacier near the U.S. Palmer Station in Antarctica.Sickle cell gene linked to elevated risk of kidney failure in UAB studyA person born with one abnormal copy of the gene for the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, known as sickle cell trait, does not have sickle cell disease but is two times more likely to develop kidney failure requiring dialysis, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Early birds 'have healthier diet' than night owls"Previous studies have shown that eating earlier in the day may help with weight loss and lower the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. What this new study shows is that our biological clocks not only affect our metabolism but also what we choose to eat."UAB Briefs: Cool jazz, new buildings, high ratingA great place to work… again: UAB Medicine has been named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.Castration-resistant prostate cancer cell growth impeded by endostatinUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have discovered that endostatin, a naturally occurring protein in humans, can significantly decrease proliferation of castration-resistant prostate cells in culture, and in a recent paper in The FASEB Journal, they describe the physiological pathways and signaling evoked by endostatin.Early risers tend to be healthier eaters, study suggests“Early birds may have an extra advantage over night owls when it comes to fighting obesity as they are instinctively choosing to eat healthier foods earlier in the day,” Courtney Peterson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.UAB doctor shares his heart for the Magic City
"Ranked among the best medical centers in the nation, UAB serves countless individuals from Alabama, the nation, and from around the globe. By working endlessly to drive clinical program specialization and expansion, I believe we're building a program primed for success," said Herbert Chen, M.D.Most boomers infected with liver-damaging hepatitis C virus do not know itThe reason the task force, CDC and other medical groups now recommend widespread testing is that treatment has improved dramatically over the past few years, said Michael Saag, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.UAB to start work on new Arts & Sciences Building this summer“The new building will provide modern teaching facilities and technologies, larger classrooms, and it will be a safe and secure space for students to learn and for faculty to conduct their scholarship and research.”Autonomous Cars in Alabama – Are we ready?Until a solid legal framework is decided, no automaker wants to be the first example of robot cars gone bad, and until an automaker forces the federal government’s hand, nobody will try to pass legislation on the subject.Study shows link between microbiome in the gut and Parkinson'sPayami says, at this point, researchers do not know which comes first. Does having Parkinson's cause changes in an individual's gut microbiome, or are changes in the microbiome a predictor or early warning sign of Parkinson's? What is known is that the first signs of Parkinson's often arise as gastrointestinal symptoms such as inflammation or constipation.UAB First in Alabama to Implement New FDA-Approved PFO OccluderWith the new AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder, ischemic stroke patients will now have access to a closure device shown to reduce risk of recurrent stroke, rather than relying on medical management alone.Parkinson’s Linked to Changes in Gut BacteriaAdding to the growing body of evidence suggesting a link between the gut microbiome and Parkinson’s disease, a new study reveals that the disease itself, as well as the medications used to treat it, appear to have distinct effects on the composition of the trillions of bacteria in the gut.Air travel with an infant: what to packTo help ensure your little one stays safe in the sky, it's crucial to plan ahead for the needs of your infant, says University of Alabama at Birmingham pediatrician Candice Dye.UAB Briefs: campus food bank, green ribbons and capturing the flagBlazer Kitchen, an on-campus food bank, will provide fresh and nonperishable foods to UAB employees and students faced with food insecurity.How I Lost 4 Pounds in 2 Weeks Without Eating Less"Restricting your eating between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. [like subjects in my latest study] is difficult," she admitted. "But no one dropped out because it was too extreme. The biggest challenge people encountered was eating so much food in such a short period of time. People felt so stuffed!"How I Lost 4 Pounds In 2 Weeks Without Eating LessWhen I came across new research involving time-restricted eating, a weight loss approach that involves eating for fewer hours per day as opposed to eating less, I was intrigued by findings. They suggest you can make your body burn more fat and shed pounds without reducing the amount of food you eat.Long-term morbidity risk low in patients with leukemia after allogeneic HCTPatients who received allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation to treat chronic myeloid leukemia demonstrated similar long-term morbidity rates as their siblings who did not have the disease, as well as the general population.#BlackHistoryMonth: Notable AlabamiansHenry Panion is a professor in the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). As a producer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator, his work has earned two Grammy Awards, two Dove Awards, and a host of other national music awards and nominations.Resin Restorations Provide Alternatives to Drilling and Filling“When we develop cavities between teeth, sometimes we have to go through the tooth, and we end up damaging healthy tooth structure. This new system allows us to skip the drilling and helps us preserve that structure,” said Augusto Robles, DDS, assistant professor and director of the operative dentistry curriculum.New peptide to combat a disorder that causes heart attacks at early ageSome people inherit a condition that elevates their cholesterol to an excessive degree, and no amount of diet or exercise can bring the numbers down. Researchers are developing and testing a new peptide that may lead to better treatment options.$50 million UAB partnership will bring cutting-edge cancer treatment to Birmingham“Proton therapy is an extremely advanced cancer-fighting radiation technology. Coupled with the skill, experience and resources of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UAB Proton Therapy Center will be a life-changing resource for thousands of cancer patients throughout our region.”The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Proton International Moving Forward to Develop State’s First Proton Treatment Center“It uses sophisticated imaging to create a 3D image of the tumor. It then delivers a focused beam of radiation, custom-sized and shaped, so that it paints the tumor site while leaving surrounding tissue generally untouched, reducing collateral damage.”Eye Study Advances Ability to Improve Clinical Measurement of Retinal DegenerationUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers studying rod cell proteins GARP1 and GARP2, or glutamic acid-rich proteins 1 and 2, to learn how they function in normal phototransduction in the eye have found that GARP2 accelerates retinal degeneration in mice that lack another rod cell protein, cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-gated cation channel β-subunit, involved in producing the electrical signal.Heart-healthy behaviors linked to reduced Medicare costsThe AHA’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: cigarette smoking, physical activity, diet, BMI, BP, cholesterol and glucose levels.GARP2 accelerates retinal degeneration in a mouse modelUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are studying rod cell proteins GARP1 and GARP2 to learn how they function in normal phototransduction, as well as in abnormal degeneration of the retina that can lead to blindness in diseases like retinitis pigmentosa.SCARED OF THE DENTIST? New treatment for painful tooth cavities could put an end to the terror of the drillClinical trials are underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to treat cavities with resin. The process is called resin infiltration and it allows the dentist to slide a perforated plastic sheet between the teeth with the cavities and fill it with resin.New cavity treatment offers no drilling, no fillingResin infiltration allows the dentist to slide a plastic perforated sheet between the teeth with the cavities.Could THIS spell the end of painful fillings? Scientists develop a new method to repair small holes without the need to use a drill
Normally, dentists drill away at a tooth to access any cavities to then fill them in. But the new treatment involves sliding a sheet between the teeth and cavities. Called resin infiltration, drilling isn't needed and it can be done without numbing. And experts now say the system, currently under trial, could be a game-changer.Small Study Shows Fasting Can Help You Burn More Fat“It kind of makes sense,” said Courtney Peterson, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Your body’s fat-burning ability peaks after you’ve been fasting for 12 to 14 hours.”Skip Dinner? Evening Fast May Burn FatThe study found that when participants consumed all of their calories within a 6-hour window, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they burned 6 percent more fat and had more stable hunger levels than participants who consumed the same amount of calories within a 12-hour window, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Can This New Helmet Prevent Head Injuries and Save Football, Inc?The results of a joint research program from the UAB Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic, UAB’s Vestibular and Oculomotor Research Laboratory, and UABs School of Engineering are being shared with VICIS, a start-up sports equipment company that is reengineering the American football helmet, called ZERO1.New Home for UAB’s Collat School of BusinessConstruction is under way for a new $37.5 million project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to house the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Hospital program demonstrates significant cuts in cancer care costsA new University of Alabama at Birmingham study shows that, when older cancer patients were paired with trained nonmedical professionals in the form of 'lay navigators,' there was significant decline in health care resource utilization and Medicare costs, providing an innovative model in transitioning to value-based health care on a national scale.Sarah Parcak, UAB Professor and TED Speaker, Launches GlobalXplorer$1 Million was awarded to Parcak, last year, for her initiative to embrace technology and innovation inside an age-old industry, archaeology.Cancer foundation donates $875,000 to UAB centerA big pink check for $875,000 was presented by the Birmingham-based organization. The donation includes sales from the specialty breast cancer research license plate, BCRFA events and individual and community donations.