November 21, 2014

Counting the consequences

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Justice may be blind, but Griffin Edwards isn’t. The UAB Collat School of Business assistant professor crunches numbers to shed light on the surprising, often unintended consequences of laws. He reveals what he’s learned from crime data, crop yields, and golf scores in UAB Magazine.

UAB and Red Cross host a holiday blood drive with a Wild West theme.

The outreach program of UAB Eye Care is collecting donated blankets and other items ahead of winter to share with patients who come through its “Gift of Sight” event.
"I think the message should be clear from a public health perspective that tobacco smoke is not different from marijuana smoke in terms of its effect on endothelial function, and perhaps we need to have policy to cover banning marijuana smoke in open setting," said Donna Arnett, M.D., past president of the AHA.
A University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher has published a new theory on why U.S. infants are born fatter than at any time in history.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has established the Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program in an effort to increase the number of graduate students in the field. Prospective graduate students will need to apply and be accepted into the university’s, Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Behavioral Neuroscience, or Vision Science graduate programs.
Stacey Holloway loves movies. That is part of what gives her works such a sense of movement, as if they have been stopped mid-action.
Art lovers and curious newcomers can do just that in 2015 at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. For about two months, the exhibit halls at 1221 10th Ave. South will display more than 100 artworks by Warhol, an enigmatic yet towering figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.
Herpes zoster vaccination appears to be safe in patients treated with biologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS), despite widespread recommendations against this practice, a new study suggests.
Experts are now finding ways to recover the declining population of Texas’ official sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is the world’s most endangered sea turtle and it has been increasing in numbers until recently.
"According to the CDC, millions of pregnant women have been given the flu shot, and it has been shown to be safe in both the pregnant mother and the unborn baby," said Dr. Catherine Hough-Telford, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pediatric Diseases.
A UAB study of hospital deaths during childbirth suggests the high death rate of African-American women is likely associated with access to prenatal care.
Haley Johnson singled out for youth injury research award.
UAB Professional Studies offers online CEU courses in workplace violence prevention, one of few online programs in the country.
The School of Nursing recognized for social media prowess.
Davey’s paper explores the role of transformational leadership on voluntary nursing turnover and the effects of job characteristics.

A UAB School of Public Health researcher has published a theory that suggests a mother’s activity and metabolism can influence her child’s likelihood of being obese.

This innovative exhibition will combine public and private Warhol works, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
The multi-project research targets key molecular steps of immune cell-fate decisions after virus infection.
Research revealing new evidence about the role of the spleen following heart attack will be honored during the AHA scientific meeting Nov. 15-19.
UAB has two Rhodes finalists and one Marshall finalist in 2014.
An assistant professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) who stages innovative community theatre projects will deliver the next presentation in The Edge of Chaos Scholars lecture series, to be held in The Edge of Chaos events venue on campus on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Many American doctors may not support genetic testing in patients without a major family history of certain illnesses, suggests a new survey of physicians. The report appears in the Nov. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Statins should be taken by almost all people with pre-dialysis kidney disease as suggested in current guidelines, reports a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).
The authors claimed that the study illustrates the importance of diabetic retinopathy screenings. The authors stated that "The rate of self-reported dilated eye care use in the past year was low for the overall sample (32.2 per cent), suggesting that DR [diabetic retinopathy] screening in these settings could fulfil a critical role for patients with diabetes not routinely accessing annual dilated eye examination care."
The grant will allow the two universities to combine their research into the reductions of cancer health disparities in minorities. The four-year project will be led by UAB's Upender Manne and ASU's Manoj Mishra.
Finley family gives $3.4 million gift to university. Endowed scholarship established, Reynolds Historical Library, lectureship to be renamed in their honor.
UAB researchers compared two sets of guidelines to ascertain if people with chronic kidney disease should take statins to reduce high cholesterol levels linked to cardiovascular disease.
Dr Richard Waguespack, clinical professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's division of otolaryngology, said a wet spring often results in a robust summer allergy season.
UAB officials said in a release that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded the school a $250,000, five-year grant to help fund the UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program.
Susan Hendricks gives us a look at volunteers using animal therapy for adults and children with cancer.
The grant will be used by ASU and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) to develop a pool of scientists to conduct community-based research in ways to reduce those disparities.
A UAB study finds that minorities with diabetes have a high rate of diabetic retinopathy, a potentially blinding eye disease, and that telemedicine might be a good way to address that condition.
More than 500 volunteers provide dental care at an event like very few around the country.
Featuring UAB Concert and Chamber choirs and Brass Ensembles with area high school choirs, the performance will include traditional holiday favorites.
The potential application to diabetes arises from the discovery by Dr. Anath Shalev of the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) that verapamil lowers the level of the protein TXNIP in pancreatic beta cells.
ArtPlay offers everything from family classes for toddlers to dance, acting, sculpture, drawing, music, writing, fabric arts and more, for any age group.
"Though the decision to screen or not to screen needs to be individualized for each patient, the potential to detect the disease early offers the best chance of cure. There have been significant concerns about the impact screening will have on our health system and without question its introduction will be complex and require a multidisciplinary approach," said Mark Dransfield, M.D., associate professor, division of pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also the medical director of the UAB Lung Health Center.
While enrollment exceeded expectations in Alabama, those expectations were low because they factored in Alabama's decision not to expand Medicaid, a central part of Obamacare's strategy to get everyone covered.
New research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown that the common blood pressure drug verapamil completely reverses type 1 diabetes in animal models. Now, with the help of a three-year, $2.1 million grant from the JDRF, UAB researchers will begin conducting a clinical trial in 2015 to see if it can do the same in humans.
The top five hospitals by number of licensed beds are: 1. UAB Hospital-1,118
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is postponing all university travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia until further notice because of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.
Officials say the partnership is aimed at supporting junior faculty members and developing a pipeline of researchers who are committed to probing disparities in minority cancer rates.
University of Alabama at Birmingham officials say the school will use a federal grant to help train ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to pursue careers in neuroscience.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business will soon begin operating an innovation lab within the Innovation Depot. The lab will serve as collaborative teaching space to help students expand their entrepreneurial thinking.
ABC 33/40 has learned a new study at UAB is designed to help members of the military. The project called "The Brave Initiative" is aimed at treating traumatic brain injuries. These injuries are often the result of a bomb blast.
"Crowdfunding is a remarkable tool for making big ideas a reality," Shirley Salloway Kahn, UAB senior vice president of development, alumni and external relations, said in the release. "Everyone can play a role in making history at UAB in ways big and small. With just a click, you can give something and change everything."
In “Command & Control,” the second novel by Stephen Russell, fictional retired orthopedic surgeon Mackie McKay finds himself in the middle of an infectious disease outbreak — with Ebola as a backdrop.
The UAB Cancer Center and Alabama State University receive $1.5 million NIH grant to create partnership and reduce cancer health disparities.
The addition of five new research scientists takes UAB’s Department of Anesthesiology to new heights.
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