"Virtually anything in the body can be infected with Candida, but infections of the blood stream, or seeded from the blood stream - heart, brain, eyes, kidneys, liver - are the ones we worry about the most," said Peter G. Pappas, MD, lead author of the study and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected chairman of the board of the Birmingham Business Alliance for 2016. Watts will succeed Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Co.
December 16, 2015

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Mykiria Mitchell has a newfound smile and is looking forward to showing it off thanks to the UAB School of Dentistry.
Study shows that poor diet heightens hypersensitivity, which may amplify symptoms in chronic pain conditions.
UAB’s Community Health Innovation Awards honor job training programs, health and wellness, and mental health support.
The winter holiday season is a time of particular blood need, so UAB and the American Red Cross will team up to host Birmingham’s Biggest Blood Drive after Christmas at the Riverchase Galleria.
The Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization shares Caribbean culture and is a resource for area students from the Caribbean.
"However, we are looking at whether short sleep is linked to more time spent in secondary eating or drinking, that is, eating or drinking beverages other than water—such as sugar-sweetened beverages—while primarily engaged in another activity, such as television watching."
UAB School of Engineering students will work with Rassini engineers as part of the collaboration, and Rassini is sponsoring two of the three graduate students attached to the project.
Research suggests a link between short sleep and obesity from secondary eating and drinking while engaged in another activity.
Saying it is ”just the beginning,” University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts joined Blazers officials and BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez  Wednesday in debuting BBVA Compass Field.
The findings validate a concept the UAB team first considered nearly 16 years ago: slowed dark adaptation is an early functional biomarker for AMD.
The quilts, made by more than 100 volunteers from scrubs worn by medical staff at the Women and Infants Center, were unveiled at a ceremony Dec. 17.
Senators from both parties on Wednesday denounced huge overnight price increases for decades-old drugs that have been made by some pharmaceutical companies lately, calling them unconscionable and detrimental to patients.
BBVA Compass Field at UAB, which was funded by a $1.5 million gift from the bank's foundation, seats about 2,500 people and will host both men's and women's home soccer matches.
"Our planning team and athletics department have been working with the BJCC in the planning of the stadium," Watts said Wednesday afternoon after the unveiling of the university's new soccer facility. "They're discussing and negotiating long-term lease agreements. We're really excited about that."
Joshua Pritchett will take his B.S. degree in computer and information sciences to California and work with burst buffer technology.
A new national study by UAB Dentistry researchers has found that most general dentists are not following root canal standard of care guidelines.
With significant implications to its student enrollment and economic impact in the region, UAB’s partnership with INTO University Partnerships will increase access for international students to one of the nation’s most diverse college campuses.
John K. Moore Jr. explores the lived experiences of people and pilgrims of color in early modern Europe and the Atlantic world.
UAB researchers say how long your eyes take to adjust to the dark may be a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration.
Students and faculty earned more than two dozen award nominations and were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Region IV Festival. A free matinee of the production is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in UAB's Alys Stephens Center.
UAB’s J. Crawford Downs, Ph.D., has received another grant to bring the relationship between age, intraocular pressure and glaucoma development into focus.
Officials from BBVA Compass and the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Wednesday officially debuted the city’s newest sports venue, BBVA Compass Field, and marked the start of its final phase of construction by having an MLS midfielder lead students from Glen Iris Elementary through drills on the Blazers’ pristine soccer pitch.
Certified application counselors will be at The Kirklin Clinic on Dec. 12 and Jan. 23 to answer questions and help those who are eligible enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
UAB is using an online survey to learn more about the relationship between diet and gout.
Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham want to determine whether a newer, easier-to-use breathing tube will produce better results than existing endotracheal tubes in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Evidence-based data indicate that LVADs have saved many lives, whether as a bridge to heart transplantation or as a permanent therapy for heart failure.
“Durable remission of childhood ALL requires approximately 2 years of maintenance chemotherapy that relies on a backbone of daily oral 6MP,” Wendy Landier, PhD, CRNP, associate professor of pediatrics at University of Alabama at Birmingham, said during a press conference.
The methods used to gather data for the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are flawed and should be discarded, researchers say.
Patients with gout who switched to febuxostat (Uloric) after an inadequate response to allopurinol were more successful at achieving the target serum urate level than those who continued on allopurinol, a retrospective study found.
The researchers examined the medical records of 422 COPD patients who were admitted to the UAB Hospital between November 2010 and October 2012.
The grand opening celebration for Hill Student Center will be Jan. 20.
Panion teaches multimedia production, orchestration and arranging, and is director of the Music Technology program in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program award will support the doctoral studies of Jacqueline Bui and Anna Hoenig.
James Landis’ personal cardiologist says his 88-year-old patient’s heart went from roaring like a freight train to humming like a fine-tuned engine after procedure.
A lack of basic writing skills is a problem faced by many of Lawson’s peers across the country, in part, due to living in a world of text messaging and Twitter shorthand. But a collaboration between Parker High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is addressing writing skills and college readiness.
“We have increasingly become aware that the disruption of blood flow in the brain can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” lead researcher Dr. Erik Roberson, an associate professor of neurology.
The best breathing tube for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the subject of UAB-led national study.
An expected 2,607 students will graduate in summer/fall 2015. The commencement ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Bartow Arena.
Not long after former UAB star and then-Illinois State assistant Torrey Ward was killed in a plane crash, Blazers head coach Jerod Haase and his staff would see reminders of respect for Ward at recruiting events.
Experts say they do not know whether efforts to prevent diabetes have finally started to work, or if the disease has simply peaked in the population.
If it remains very high over time with multiple measurements, there is no mistaking the diagnosis of hypertension.
Scientific breakthroughs can change the world—but only if they can break out of the lab first. Students in UAB’s biotechnology master’s program capitalize on UAB discoveries by translating them into new medical treatments and potential start-up companies. See how a mix of scientific knowledge and business sense helps them do it.
Baby Friendly USA has recognized UAB Hospital’s efforts to educate and support breastfeeding mothers.
Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya creates works concerned with the complexity of human experience that reflect on questions of ethics and authenticity and allude to memory, loss, exile, love and longing.
Hundreds of the top physicians in the nation practice at the UAB Health System, according to the latest edition of the Best Doctors in America®.
Moneyham was elected to the position in October and will continue in her role as president-elect of the Alabama League for Nursing.
UAB Research Administration carefully invests to keep investigators competitive in an era of tight grant funding.
Approximately 600 students apply for the Hertz Fellowship each year; only 15 percent are invited for a first-round interview.
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