Research & Innovation

A comprehensive health-screening program in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal has found a high burden of undiagnosed or poorly controlled non-communicable diseases.

New results suggest the answer is no, implying that the role of tau in the pathogenesis of Lewy body dementias is distinct from Alzheimer’s disease.
A new R01 study aims to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among African American and Black young adults in the Southern United States.

Responsibility for the safety, integrity and scientific validity of the trials fell to 12 experts of the COVID-19 Vaccine Data and Safety Monitoring Board, who now have taken the unusual step of publishing details of their review process.

New findings include a significant increase in risk of death among patients who had recently had chemotherapy.

Patrick Jones, 74, is the first person in the Southeast and the fourth person in the United States to receive the NEXUS aortic arch stent graft, a minimally invasive solution for aortic arch repair.
In his latest book, “Pandemic Bioethics,” philosophy professor Greg Pence, Ph.D., examines allocation of scarce medical resources, immunity passports, vaccines, discrimination and more. It is available as an e-book now and will be in print June 18.
Despite extensive knowledge about HIV, the number of cases of incident HIV infection has decreased only 7 percent over the past decade.
Rachel Wells will lead a study aimed at improving care of underserved adults with advanced heart failure.
With increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has emerged as the most common cause of liver disease among children and adolescents in industrialized countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the urgent need for enhanced study and discovery in the field of immunology.
Moderate-to-high rates of television viewing in midlife impacts cognitive function, according to new studies.

A new study finds there are multiple ways to achieve the same health benefits from exercise — as long as your exercise “cocktail” includes plenty of light physical activity but not too much sitting.

Birmingham-based Protective Life Corporation and its parent company, Tokyo, Japan-based Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc., committed $3.5 million of gifts locally in 2015 when Dai-ichi acquired Protective. The dedication to being part of building a strong community has continued since that time with $25.9 million of community contributions.
Researchers used a pig model of heart attacks, which more closely resembles the human heart in size and physiology, and thus has high clinical relevance to human disease.
A new study shows that children with COVID-19 may not display typical symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, therefore more screening and vigilance are required.
A single intranasal dose provided sterilizing immunity — no detectable COVID-19 virus — in the lungs of vaccinated mice, in contrast to dense infection in lungs of unvaccinated mice.
While there are many quality measures for end-of-life care for adults with cancer, there are no such measures for children.
O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is among three groups selected nationwide for the Co-Creating Solutions to Address Racism and Disparities in Oncology initiative coordinated by the Center for Health Care Strategies.
ResBiotic Inc. will use the money to develop and commercialize groundbreaking probiotic formulations for lung health.
Knowledge of the specific flagellins that drive the pathogenic immune response in Crohn’s disease is a step toward a potential preventive treatment.
In a study conducted among more than 1.3 million American adults, UAB investigators found that Alabama and Southern states have the worst cardiovascular health, citing higher death totals due to cardiovascular causes.
Researchers from the University of Alabama of Birmingham have published results of a survey gauging Alabama physicians’ support of medical cannabis for qualified patients.
This is the first study on older drivers — most of whom had vision impairment — that ties actual at-fault crashes and near-crashes, identified through in-vehicle sensors and confirmed by video, to the visual characteristics of drivers.
New research from UAB demonstrates that the timing of branch chain amino acid consumption has significant implications for cardiac health and disease.
Could a low-sugar diet overcome insulin issues and a lifetime of weight struggles? That’s the question being studied by Barbara Gower, Ph.D., in a five-year, $1.9 million study.
The study bolsters the idea that inflammation is linked to Parkinson’s disease, and points to differences in how men and women respond to the disease.
Researchers at UAB have developed an emergency alert system that uses inexpensive Bluetooth beacons to alert users of hazards during natural disasters.
This 3D-printed anatomical finger model is a low-cost ultrasound training tool for procedural guidance in corticosteroid injections.
Studies by the team led by Stefan G. Kertesz, M.D., have shown that homeless patients often feel unwelcome or rejected when seeking health care.
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