October 15, 2010

UAB named national research center to reduce cancer disparities

(WVTM-TV, Birmingham)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Deep South Network for Cancer Control, part of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue its work in reducing cancer disparities in minority and medically under-served, poor populations in Alabama and Mississippi.

CR Magazine sheds light on the burden of cancer in the streets

(Red Orbit)
CR magazine contributing writer Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., who is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, took to the streets over the last year to offer a glimpse into the lives of homeless cancer patients struggling to obtain treatment while being confronted by daily uncertainties about life's most basic necessities.

(Earth Times)

(Medical News Today)

 October 14, 2010

UAB's Deep South Network for Cancer Control gets $6 million grant to battle cancer

(Birmingham News)
For a decade, members of UAB's Deep South Network for Cancer Control have been working to make sure poor, minority communities in inner-city Jefferson County, Alabama's Black Belt and the Mississippi Delta have access to cancer screening and treatment.

Academy of Honor UAB President Carol Garrison

(Birmingham News)
UAB President Carol Garrison, former U.S. Rep. John Buchanan Jr. and Drummond Co. vice chairman Elbert A. "Larry" Drummond are scheduled to be inducted Monday into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

UAB's MBA program earns honor

(Birmingham Business Journal)
The MBA program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business made the top 300 Best Business Schools for the fifth consecutive year, according to the Princeton Review.

Midwife training programs cut neonatal deaths in Zambia

(Modern Medicine)
Two midwife training programs significantly decreased the seven-day neonatal death rate in community health clinics in Zambia, according to research published online Oct. 11 in Pediatrics.

 October 13, 2010

University of Alabama at Birmingham shows basic training for midwives is saving babies

(Birmingham News)
Giving midwives basic training in how to care for newborns reduces infant deaths in the first week of life and could save more than a million lives a year in the developing world, according to a UAB-led study pub­lished Monday.

Your view: College freshmen dropout data based on flawed study

(Birmingham News)
The story "Dropout college freshmen costs soar" (The News, Monday) is based on a report with flawed methodology and misleading conclusions. Dividing UAB's 2007-08 state appropriation by our number of full-time students is not a meaningful measure.

Companies on the move: Oct. 13

(Birmingham Business Journal)
The Birmingham Fatherhood Initiative, an outreach program of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities, has received a new grant to continue operations in 2011. The $68,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, also known as the Children's Trust Fund, continues the initiative's efforts to increase non-custodial fathers involvement with their children.

Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" will perform at UAB homecoming

(Birmingham News)
Seth Meyers, a longtime member of the cast of "Saturday Night Live" who delivers the "Weekend Update" each week, will perform at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Nov. 2.

October 12, 2010

Midwife training programs cut neonatal deaths in Zambia

(Doctors Lounge)
Waldemar A. Carlo, M.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues conducted a study to test the hypothesis that two different midwife training programs performed sequentially would each incrementally reduce seven-day neonatal mortality rates for low-risk deliveries in Zambia.

(Modern Medicine)

Zeus hackers could steal corporate secrets too

(Yahoo News)
That's what worries Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who has been closely monitoring the various criminal groups that use Zeus. Zeus typically steals online banking credentials and then uses that information to move money out of Internet accounts. In the past year, however, Warner has seen some Zeus hackers also try to figure out what companies their victims work for.

(Info World)


Study: No link between gene and heart problems

"This study is so large and so powerful that it can test with excellent precision the question about this mutation, and what they found is that it's not important," said Dr. Donna Arnett, a professor and chair of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who was unaffiliated with the study. "This gene, when tested in a very large analysis with multiple populations, shows no increased risk for coronary artery disease."

 October 11, 2010

UAB scientist Benos dies

(Birmingham News)
Dale Benos, chairman of UAB's physiology and biophysics department and a mentor to the next generation of scientists, died Thursday at the age of 60.

Birmingham's Carole Pizitz uses the power of pink to find a cure for breast cancer

(Birmingham News)
Following her last treatment in March, she immediately thought of her team of doctors at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center: Jennifer De Los Santos, Andres Forero, H. Peter Jander and Helen Krontiras.

People on the move: Oct. 11

(Birmingham Business Journal)
UAB sociologist Mark LaGory and University of Arkansas sociologist Kevin Fitzpatrick published "Unhealthy Cities: Poverty, Race and Place," that argues the growing residential divisions between the rich and the poor means people living in impoverished communities will remain among the nation's sickest, despite health care reform.

UAB's Red Cross Club promotes fire safety at site of loss

(WBRC-TV, Birmingham)
Just weeks after a devastating fire claimed the life of a mother and her two small children UAB's Red Cross Club visited the apartment complex where it all happened.

UAB scientists get grant for Antarctica research

(Birmingham Business Journal)
Three University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers were awarded some cold, hard cash for an even colder project.

Midwife training may cut newborn deaths in developing countries

(Med Page Today)
A study that assessed more than 71,000 babies delivered by midwives at urban community health clinics in Zambia showed that giving the midwives the World Health Organization's Essential Newborn Care course cut seven-day, all-cause mortality by nearly 40%, according to Waldemar Carlo, MD, of the University of Alabama Birmingham, and colleagues.

Zeus banking Trojan attacks spread to social networks, smartphones

(USA Today)
Crimeware may not be new. But it is being deployed at unprecedented levels, says Gary Warner, Director of Research in Computer Forensics The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Computer & Information Sciences and Department of Justice Sciences

(Computer World)

(PC World)

2010 UAB Blazer BEST robotics competition