August 20, 2010

UAB awarded $550K grant

(Birmingham Business Journal)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham was awarded $550,000 towards its university transportation center from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

More men choose nursing

(WIAT-TV, Birmingham)
Beth Stullenbarger the Associate Dean with UAB's School of Nursing now sees five times as many men in the classroom.



Stress of college can trigger eating disorders

(Calorie Lab)
"To keep from gaining weight", says Professor Mary Boggiano PhD, "some students engage in risky behaviors such as excessive dieting or purging food."

(Commentary on Eating Disorders, Culture and Recovery)

UAB's Parkinson's study

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is one of 18 official study sites for the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), a landmark observational clinical study sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Half of HIV-exposed babies in parts of Africa not receiving available HIV prevention

(Science Latest News)
Only about half of HIV-exposed infants in some African countries received a minimal dose of the prevention drug nevirapine, say researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Oral and topical agents can prevent UV-induced skin cancer

(Cosmetic Surgery Today)
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shared the results of some of the latest research initiatives that showcase the benefits of medicine and diet in preventing UV-induced skin cancer. According to dermatologist Craig A. Elmets, MD, FAAD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology and Director of the Skin Diseases Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


August 19, 2010


Finance professor shares her ways to save

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
A UAB finance professor is applying her knowledge of saving money to help others do likewise.

Birmingham-area professionals suggest buyer beware when ordering mail-order DNA testing kits

(Birmingham News)
"Some people refer to it as cocktail genetics," something you talk to others about over cocktails at a party, said Lynn Holt, director and assistant professor at the UAB School of Healthy Professions' genetic counseling program.


 University of Alabama at Birmingham classes begin

Today's the first day of fall classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the first day of school for the class of 2014.


UAB faculty to bring Paris to Birmingham at Saturday art song recital

The art and music of Paris come to Birmingham Saturday when UAB faculty soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and pianist Andrew Adams perform French art songs.


August 18, 2010


Companies on the move: Aug. 18

(Birmingham Business Journal)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named one of 18 official study sites for the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative, a landmark observational clinical study sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Early menopause and heart disease

(Connecticut News)
Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham studied more than 2,500 participants between the ages of 45 and 84 at the start of the study in July 2000. About 28 percent of the women reported early menopause - 446 of them had natural menopause, and 247 had surgical menopause. Researchers followed up with the participants to find out whether they had a cardiovascular event, including a heart attack, nonfatal cardiac arrest, angina, a stroke or death due to stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular disease.

Know the disadvantages of elective cesarean section deliveries

According to a study led by Alan T.N. Tita, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "Women who choose to have their babies delivered via repeat cesarean at 37 or 38 weeks without a medical or obstetric indication, risk serious complications for their child."

Outside view: State should outlaw texting while driving

(Wetumpka Herald)
A researcher at the UAB Transportation Center is just completing a year-long study looking at the risk of teens driving distracted. Researcher Despina Stavrinos suggests the state launch an education campaign that will make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as drunken driving or not wearing a seat belt. Stavrinos also says any texting ban or law against distracted driving must be a primary offense, not a secondary offense. If it's a primary offense, a traffic officer can stop a motorist for just distracted driving.

New businesses bringing hundreds of jobs to area

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
UAB economist, Dr. Bob Robicheaux, said this is good news because it shows business owners are feeling more optimistic about the fourth quarter of this year.



Rule predicts need for critical care

(Med Page Today)
The study is a good first cut at the problem of "risk identification in a challenging environment," according to Henry Wang, MD, of the University of Alabama Birmingham and Donald Yealy, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh.

August 17, 2010

Getting better grades by living on campus

(WVTM-TV, Birmingham)
One reason why freshmen on academic scholarships are required to live on campus - better grades. According to the university, on-campus freshmen do better than their off-campus counterparts.

Diamond-coated artificial joints could prevent implant failures

(Outpatient Surgery)
A novel method of growing tiny diamonds on the surfaces of artificial knees and hips could make joint replacement surgery more of a one-and-done procedure rather than something patients often have to go through a second time 15 to 20 years later when their implants fail.

Nanoscale DNA sequencing could spur revolution in health care

Besides Gundlach and Niederweiss, other authors are Ian Derrington, Tom Butler, Elizabeth Manrao and Marcus Collins of the UW; and Mikhail Pavlenok at Alabama-Birmingham.



Outward knee alignment increases arthritis risk, finds NIH-funded study

(National Institutes of Health)
First author Leena Sharma, M.D., of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, conducted the study, with researchers there and at Boston University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham; the University of Iowa, Iowa City; Queens University in Kingston, Ontario; OAISYS, Inc., Kingston, Ontario; and the University of California, San Francisco.

August 16, 2010

Diamonds (and hips) are forever: UAB physics professors figure out a way to make artificial joints more durable

(Birmingham News)
In a basement lab on Birmingham's Southside, a couple of scientists are cooking up an invention that makes the Six Million Dollar Man look low-budget.

(Medical Device Network)

Anonymous gift fuels new AP scholarship program at UAB

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
A $4 million gift handed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham has led to the creation of a new Advanced Placement Scholarship Program for Birmingham City School System seniors.

(WSFA-TV, Montgomery)

Anti-cancer superfoods: Do they really work?

Previously, research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that mice fed a diet enriched with resveratrol had an 87 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate tumors of the most dangerous kind.



The plastic brain: UAB neuroscientists stretch the boundaries of the mind



Hands-free headsets don't improve driving safety

''When you are on the phone, you are only using part of your brain to drive," says researcher David Schwebel, PhD, vice-chair and professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who presented the findings today at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Diego.

 Cosmetic treatment for under eye bags

The University of Alabama at Birmingham recommends getting at least eight hours of sleep a night, sleeping with your head slightly elevated to prevent fluid from collecting in your lower eyelids and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to prevent water retention.

JetBlue flight attendant illustrates how stress takes a toll in lean times

(Birmingham News)
And as bad as it seems, those numbers understate the problem, said Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor in School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For every employee who is referred to a mental health professional by a supervisor or who seeks counseling on his own, there probably are two more who need help but don't seek it because of a stigma associated with mental health issues, he said.

UAB Biomedical engineering students donate services to change lives

(WVTM-TV, Birmingham)
Crystal Tumlin's hands are contorted and uncooperative at times due to her disability, but she fights, feverishly feeding paper into a shredder at the document destruction facility.


 UAB students build teamwork in county

(Shelby County Reporter)
Several University of Alabama at Birmingham students worked on teamwork Aug. 13 at the Alabama 4-H center in Columbiana.


UAB series continues to attract top pianists

Although only three concerts long, the UAB Piano Series endeavors to bring a stellar array of artists to Birmingham. The series is headed by UAB faculty pianist Yakov Kasman, the 1997 Cliburn medalist who has demonstrated a keen instinct for finding top talent for past years' events. The 2010-11 lineup promises more of the same: