Noteworthy appearances of UAB in local and national news.

More HIV Testing Is Crucial for the United States and Alabama in Particular to Have a Successful Strategy for Dealing With This Disease

(Birmingham News)

Michael Saag, the director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says as many as 40 percent of HIV-positive people here may be unaware of it.


UAB Hires New Diabetes Center Leader

(Birmingham Business Journal)

Dr. Anath Shalev will join UAB in October from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as director of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism research in its department of medicine. Shalev also will serve as a professor of medicine in UAB's division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, said a news release.


People on the Move: July 26

(Birmingham Business Journal - Universities)

Peter Anderson, professor and director of undergraduate pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been appointed to the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 Committee. In that role, Anderson will contribute to the content, standards and overall direction of the licensing examination program.


Most Birmingham Classrooms Not Using XO Laptops Much, But Supporters Urge Not Giving up on Them

(Birmingham News)

According to a study conducted by an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, about 20 percent of students reported using the laptops "a lot" in class, about 60 percent reported using them only "a little" and about 20 percent reported never using them. Just 31 percent said they learn more in class with the computers.



Inflammatory Arthritis Patients Lacking in Preventative Care

(Med Page Today)

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely than those with osteoarthritis to undergo cholesterol testing, with a odds ratio of 0.56 (95% CI 0.52 to 0.61), according to Jeffrey Curtis, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues.


Don't Be a Statistic: Gun Laws & Gun Safety

(WIAT-TV, Birmingham)

The VPC describes Alabama's gun laws as weak, but does that really mean tougher regulations would make people safer? The chair of UAB's Criminal Justice Department says not necessarily, especially when it comes to gun crime. "No, we don't need any more legislation. We've got a ton of it. The problem is that a lot of it is not carefully enforced or there are loopholes that allow people to circumvent the regulations," said Dr. John Sloan.



Alabama Is #2 Most-Spammed State According to Report

(WSFA-TV, Montgomery)

UAB's Director of Research in Computer Forensics, Gary Warner, says the reason Alabama receives so much spam most likely has to do with the rural makeup of the state. "In larger cities, you have national Internet service providers and greater competition, which leads to more robust service offerings, including advanced spam filtering," Warner says. "In rural communities, where smaller providers with potentially fewer resources are operating, there is the chance customers may not be protected as well."