October 29, 2014 Written by Jim Bakken
Jessica Merlin, M.D., MBA, is an assistant professor at UAB, and blogs about the diverse food scene in Birmingham in her spare time.
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October 29, 2014 Written by Bob Shepard
One eye, two contact lenses and a veteran’s life is changed forever.
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According to data from the 2014-2015 College Salary Report from PayScale, students who earn a graduate degree from the University of Alabama at Hunstville, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn and the University of Alabama will start their careers earning about $14,000 more on average than graduates with just a bachelor's degree.
The session called Inside the Hot Zone, which Pigott proposed a year ago, filled the room to capacity. He covered a number of cases that included anthrax, a missed Marburg diagnosis, and Yersinia pestis. Oh, and Ebola.
On Wednesday, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), which is leading the study, announced receipt of a $28 million National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke grant to conduct the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke - or REGARDS - study.
Sodium retention, which is regulated by the kidneys, is a natural way the body responds to stress. It's part of the fight-or-flight survival mechanism that gets the heart pounding and the body moving quickly when needed.
Breast cancer survivor Tammy Than underwent a double mastectomy last spring. Two months later she ran a marathon in Alaska. "I sent pictures to people and I said, 'First marathon without the girls,'" said Than, a professor at University of Alabama Birmingham's School of Optometry.
October 28, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
Recent graduate Rebecca Harper of Valley Head wrote the play with Professor Karla Koskinen. Now she is directing the work, which evolved out of Euripide’s “Trojan Women.”
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Dr. Catherine Hough-Telford, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases weighs in: "The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends seasonal influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age and older. There are two types of influenza vaccine: the intranasal flu vaccine and the injectable flu vaccine."
David Schwebel, a psychologist at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and director of the UAB Safety Lab, offers tips to keep kids safe at Halloween. He says that older kids can learn to cut jack-o'-lanterns and light candles with adult supervision.
“She has been vocal, and rightly so,” David C. Pigott of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine said. “She’s been put in a situation where she’s treated like a second-class individual after putting her life on the line to make a difference.”
The LIFE study was originally presented at the 2014 AUGS/IUGA Scientific Meeting by Holly E. Richter, Ph.D, M.D., Director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At the 1-month primary endpoint, 79% of women in the intent-to-treat cohort and 86% of the per protocol cohort experienced treatment success, and zero device-related serious adverse events were reported.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now using a new treatment combining two technologies to battle prostate cancer. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound come together to offer a "targeted biopsy" in this promising new treatment.
UAB will soon offer on-campus food from one of the most heralded chains in the state, after announcing that Full Moon Bar-B-Que will open a location in the new student center.
The MITRE Corporation has chosen the universities that will advise the first federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that is exclusively dedicated to cybersecurity.
Birmingham is preparing for a visit this weekend from the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan leader will speak about religion and human rights. But the Buddhist figure will also indulge his personal interest of neuroscience. The Dalai Lama will participate in a talk with scientists Saturday at UAB.
An appearance by the Dalai Lama at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) today for a scientific symposium drew hundreds of people -- including his supporters and some protesters -- to campus near the Alys Stephens Center.
With Ebola still a pressing concern in emergency rooms across the country, a Chicago medical conference this week aims to educate physicians about treating patients and protecting themselves.
His Holiness sat down with UAB scientists and other leading experts to talk about groundbreaking research into the healing power of the brain.
Before 1980, it was widely accepted as fact in neuroscience that the central nervous system is hardwired and fixed. The very strong belief was that after an injury in adults, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, the brain cannot repair itself.
October 28, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
The AES is the largest organization in the world to investigate and study proper diagnoses and treatments of diseases that cause bite problems and TMJ.
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October 25, 2014 Written by Katherine Shonesy
A UAB scientist participated in a panel with other brain plasticity experts and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
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October 24, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
Enjoy wine, craft beers, live music from Eric Essix and a silent auction all for a good cause at this annual fundraiser presented by the National Alumni Society.
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October 24, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
The student group will perform a work commemorating D-Day as well as contemporary selections and a ragtime encore.
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October 24, 2014 Written by Tyler Greer
Attendees can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and have access to HealthSmart’s nutritionist, fitness expert and nurse to discuss lifestyle changes.
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October 23, 2014 Written by Katherine Shonesy
UAB’s CIA|JFR joins top universities to help combat cybercrime.
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October 23, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
Visit the Alys Stephens Center and enjoy four distinctly different presentations on art and interests from around the world.
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First seen in California, then in Colorado, cases of acute flaccid myelitis marked by strikingly consistent MRI evidence of gray matter damage in the spinal cord are now believed to be affecting children in multiple states across the United States, according to neurologists tracking the outbreak.
According to Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the department of genetics, and director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the glut of genetic information that will be used to inform treatment decisions will require additional education of clinicians, especially since a sizable cohort received their genetics training before the genomic age.
"If someone has hepatitis C and does not know it, it could be doing damage to their liver," says Michael Saag, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also co-chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America's HCV Guidance panel.
However, the results show a significant increase in maternal mortality for women who live greater distances from the hospital, according to the study Dr Michael Froelich of University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and colleagues. The findings point to differences in health care access as a possible explanation for racial differences in pregnancy-related death in the United States.
"Though our study suggests breakfast may not be key to weight loss, we only examined a general recommendation of eating versus skipping," says Emily Dhurandhar, assistant professor at the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama Birmingham and a lead author of the study.
Efforts by the administration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to make the campus more attractive to students will get another boost when popular Birmingham eatery Full Moon Bar-B-Que opens in the fall of 2015 in the university's new student center, which is now under construction.
Twenty Women Who Make a Difference in the Birmingham area were honored at a luncheon today at The Club. Dr. Shirley Salloway Kahn, vice president for development, alumni and external relations at The University of Alabama at Birmingham was honored.
October 23, 2014 Written by Bob Shepard
New funding from the Jefferson County Commission will re-establish the Mental Health Court in Birmingham, administered by UAB TASC.
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October 22, 2014 Written by Katherine Shonesy
UAB Youth Safety Lab offers tips for safe holiday fun.
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October 22, 2014 Written by Tiffany Westry Womack
UAB partners with local and national restaurant chains to offer a variety of dining options at new student center scheduled to open in time for the fall 2015 semester.
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The Amelia Center Gallery at Gulf Coast State College presents “The Helmet Project,” an exhibition of paintings and photographs of installations by Gary Chapman.
The original face of AIDS was that of a middle-class, often white, gay man living in New York or San Francisco. That picture has changed over time as people of color have become disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Today, the face of AIDS is Black or Latino, poor, often rural - and Southern.
Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, director of the Cell Senescence Culture Facility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said the study "provides a unique way of looking at aging not only in terms of aging of the liver but also in terms of epigenetic aging." The findings are important because a liver that ages more quickly may make a person more likely to develop cancer, Tollefsbol added.
The decision to euthanize the dog was “probably from an overabundance of caution,” says David C. Pigott, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). That's because the Ebola virus only infects a few types of animals that can pass on the disease, and this excludes animals commonly kept as pets, like cats and dogs.
A recent (and totally unfortunate) study published in the New England Journal of Medicine debunked the common belief that having sex burns up to 300 calories. According to the calculations of University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers, a 154-pound man doing the deed burns about 21 calories during an average sex sesh—a mere 3.5 calories per minute.
The clinic is housed at Children's of Alabama and associated with UAB. The designation makes it part of a consortium that includes Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Florida and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
October 20, 2014 Written by Shannon Thomason
Birmingham’s own Eric Essix will join the Atlanta-based group for a jazzy, soulful collection of songs of the season and group favorites.
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Dr. Faisal Shuaib hails from Nasarawa State, studied medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was further trained at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States where he obtained a doctorate Degree in Public Health.
Melanie Mae Roberts was named Miss UAB 2015 at a pageant held Wednesday night at the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Catherine Hough-Telford, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pediatric f Infectious Diseases, put it this way: Just because you got a vaccine last year "doesn't mean your immune system will necessarily remember last year," Hough-Telford said.