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Thursday 24-Apr-2014

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Alan Gertler, MD - Obesity and Heart Disease

Alan S. Gertler, M.D., associate professor of medicine in UAB’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and part of UAB’s Heart & Vascular Service.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Anath Shalev, MD - Type 2 Diabetes

Anath Shalev, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Shalev is an internationally recognized authority in endocrinology, pancreatic beta-cell biology and the pathophysiology of diabetes.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2013-12-30

Recent Research

Take the Bat, Leave the Candy

‘Take me out to the ballgame’ doesn’t exactly conjure up images of apple slices and kale chips. The more likely culprits include French fries, soda and the occasional box of Crackerjacks.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2014-04-24

Research Concludes Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Contribute to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic, Particularly Among Children

In response to the ongoing policy discussions on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on weight and health, The Obesity Society (TOS) concludes that SSBs contribute to the United States’ obesity epidemic, particularly among children. Based on an in-depth analysis of the current research, TOS's position statement provides several recommendations for improving health, including that children minimize their consumption of SSBs.

–Obesity Society|2014-04-23

Glaucoma Drug Helps Women with Blinding Disorder Linked to Obesity

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An inexpensive glaucoma drug, when added to a weight loss plan, can improve vision for women with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), according to a study funded by NEI. This disorder mostly affects young, overweight women. Vision loss and headaches are common symptoms.

–NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)|2014-04-22

Working to Make Food Deserts Bloom

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This story was published online by the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. This story can be linked to, quoted or excerpted, with attribution to the American Heart Association. We can also offer more information and sources as needed, including photos, graphics and experts available upon request.

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-04-18

A New Study Shows Residing in High Altitude Military Facilities Protects Service Members From Obesity

SILVER SPRING, MD, April 16, 2014 – Overweight U.S. service members are 41 percent less likely to transition to clinical obesity when stationed at military facilities located at high altitude, according to a new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS One.

–Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC)|2014-04-16

Oft-Assumed Reasons for Racial Obesity Disparities May Not Be Only Cause, Study Says

African-Americans have higher obesity rates than do whites, and while socioeconomic status is often believed to be the root cause, a new UAB study suggests other factors should be considered.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-04-16

Obesity Can Amplify Bone and Muscle Loss

Florida State University researchers have identified a new syndrome called “osteosarcopenic obesity” that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity.

–Florida State University|2014-04-16

Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Poor Mobility Among Severely Obese People

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

–Endocrine Society|2014-04-15

Which Obesity Measure Best Predicts Lower Extremity Injury Risk?

Nathaniel S. Nye, MD, a sports medicine fellow at the National Capital Consortium Sports Medicine Fellowship in Bethesda, Maryland, presented, “Does Abdominal Circumference (AC) or Body Mass Index (BMI) Better Predict Lower Extremity Injury Risk?” lass week at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Nye is an AMSSM member.

–American Medical Society for Sports Medicine|2014-04-14

Novel Approach to Accelerate Metabolism Could Lead to a New Obesity Treatment

By manipulating a biochemical process that underlies cells' energy-burning abilities, investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have made a novel discovery that could lead to a new therapy to combat obesity and diabetes.

–Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|2014-04-09

Green Is Good

Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy.

–University of Iowa |2014-04-09

Most Schools Meet New USDA Drinking Water Mandate; More Steps Needed to Encourage Consumption

A new USDA mandate calling for access to free drinking water during lunchtime at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program went into effect at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Illinois at Chicago examined compliance with the new requirement as well as perceptions about drinking fountain cleanliness and water quality. The study found that most schools met the new requirement; however, additional measures are needed to promote better access and encourage students to drink more water. Their findings are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition…

–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2014-04-09

Panel Led by UAB’s Garvey Sets Framework to Combat Obesity Epidemic

Calling it the most under-reimbursed major disease in America, two endocrinology societies announced an evidence-based, multidimensional, comprehensive framework to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic today. Meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology Consensus Conference of Obesity: Building an Evidence Base for Comprehensive Action laid out a plan of attack. The conference featured obesity thought-leaders representing public and private stakeholders, part of a year’s long effort to identify the myriad issues surrounding the epidemic of obesity and the necessary steps for solving it.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2014-04-08

Poverty and Place Affect Health

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Poverty and Health: A Crisis among America’s Most Vulnerable is a collection of in-depth essays examining health issues facing poor people in the United States, including the crucial factor of place in relation to health.

–University of Arkansas, Fayetteville|2014-04-08

Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Despite Long-Term Increases

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“While we would like to say that signs of progress are clear across the country in the fight to decrease obesity rates, the only clear sign is that there is more work to be done,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “While declines are in sight only among young children, the

–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-04-07

@Nancyatheart @Heartnews Calls on Leaders to Set Aggressive Goals for Culture of Health @Voices4hk #Childhoodobesity

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–Voices for Healthy Kids|2014-04-07

Severe Obesity on the Rise Among Children in the U.S.

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A new analysis led by a University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years. In addition, there is a troubling upward trend in the more severe forms of childhood obesity.

–University of North Carolina School of Medicine|2014-04-07

Over a Lifetime, Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 Per Child

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.

–Duke Medicine|2014-04-07

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  • 12:15 PM April 24, 2014

    The UAB Benevolent Fund's Food Truck Festival is Friday! Come enjoy some fantast...

    The UAB Benevolent Fund's Food Truck Festival is Friday! Come enjoy some fantastic food and learn more about the Benevolent Fund, Hand in Paw and Habitat For Humanity Greater Birmingham.

    10% of proceeds go to the Benevolent Fund, which supports more than 120 local non-profits and the UAB Employee Emergency Assistance Program.

    ...

  • 6:07 PM April 23, 2014

    Photos of most of the landmarks on the UAB campus are already available on Googl...

    Photos of most of the landmarks on the UAB campus are already available on Google, but with the Trekker backpack, the contractor is able to go places a vehicle cannot and get a richer, more panoramic view of the campus.


    Google Maps finds 'hospitable Birmingham welcome' as it takes thousands of photos of UAB campus
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    Thanks to a visit today from Google Maps, the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be more thoroughly documented by the Internet giant, creating a valuable marketing and recruiting aid for the school....

  • 6:03 PM April 23, 2014

    He's got to be tired ...

    He's got to be tired ...


    Mobile Uploads
    Check it out - just saw the Google maps trekker guy in the plaza area! Asked him to map the path from Webb to SHPB thru LRC but he couldn't help us out. #uab #Google...

  • 6:01 PM April 23, 2014

    Hope he had a great time walking the campus today!

    Hope he had a great time walking the campus today!


    Timeline Photos
    We are on the map! Caught the Google Trekker this morning in front of @[677794988931194:274:UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, AEIVA]...

  • 5:56 PM April 23, 2014

    Congratulations to the UAB Jazz Ensemble and student Kameron Dickerson!

    Congratulations to the UAB Jazz Ensemble and student Kameron Dickerson!


    UAB News - UAB Jazz Ensemble, student win top honors at Hall of Fame competition
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    UAB Jazz Ensemble named Most Outstanding College Band; Kameron Dickerson wins Most Outstanding College Soloist at the 12th annual Hall of Fame competi......

  • 5:50 PM April 23, 2014

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    The Edge of Chaos
    Mayor William Bell at The Edge of Chaos tonight talking about education! The coolest things happen here. #theedgeofchaos #mayorwilliambell...

  • 5:49 PM April 23, 2014

    Sounds like a good place to take a study break!

    Sounds like a good place to take a study break!

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    UAB Campus Rec Center
    Need to take a breather from all your hard studying? Luckily it's STRESS BUSTER WEEK! April 21-25 FREE Chair massages AND Yoga classes added to fitness schedule all week long! #GoBlazers...

  • 12:54 PM April 23, 2014

    Google Trekker started today at the softball field. We'll keep posting images as...

    Google Trekker started today at the softball field. We'll keep posting images as we get them!

    ...

  • 12:51 PM April 23, 2014

    UAB welcomes Google Trekker to campus

    UAB welcomes Google Trekker to campus


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  • 11:30 AM April 23, 2014

    “There’s so much going on in Birmingham at the intersection of art and technolog...

    “There’s so much going on in Birmingham at the intersection of art and technology, and we want people to experience that firsthand.”

    A look behind the scenes of Light Dreams. It's coming up May 8-10!


    UAB - UAB Magazine - Electric Company
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  • 11:16 AM April 23, 2014

    Wave and say hi if you see him around campus!

    Wave and say hi if you see him around campus!


    The Reporter - Google Maps to create a campus view for UAB
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    A man wearing an odd-looking backpack will be walking around campus Wednesday to capture panoramic street-level views for Google Maps. Google is worki......

  • 9:09 AM April 23, 2014

    The Alys Stephens Center’s nighttime celebration of Birmingham’s artistic and te...

    The Alys Stephens Center’s nighttime celebration of Birmingham’s artistic and technological creativity returns May 8-10 with new dimensions: 3-D digital projections, virtual reality, and a grove of glowing artworks.


    UAB - UAB Magazine - Electric Company
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  • 11:15 AM April 22, 2014

    The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center's Young Supporters Board will host the Fiest...

    The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center's Young Supporters Board will host the Fiesta Ball to support the work of young cancer researchers.


    UAB News - Young Supporters’ Fiesta Ball helps fund young cancer researchers
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    The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s May 1 Fiesta Ball will support the work of UAB’s young cancer research scientists. The Young Supporters Board of......

  • 10:46 AM April 22, 2014


    UAB's Florence Nightingale Letters (WBHM - Your NPR News Station)
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    As UAB nursing students take finals this week, they'll be drawing on what they've learn about the human body in class and in clinics. But students also have had a special way to connect with the history of the field. The school holds 50 letters written by the woman credited with founding modern nurs…...

  • 4:48 PM April 21, 2014


    Sumo robots compete this week
    See engineering students pit their specially designed robots against each other in the sumo ring 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Friday....

  • 12:00 PM April 21, 2014


    After 40 years, it's time for a touch-up
    Complex Vision, a sculpture that has adorned the Callahan Eye Hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for nearly 40 years, is coming down for ren......

  • 2:42 PM April 18, 2014

    Congrats students!

    Congrats students!


    UAB News - Goldwater Scholarship Foundation honors UAB students
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    Three UAB students are recognized by prestigious national scholarship program for academic excellence. Bliss ChangTwo University of Alabama at Birming......

  • 11:00 AM April 18, 2014

    The videos for TEDxBirmingham are now online! Check out these fascinating talks...

    The videos for TEDxBirmingham are now online! Check out these fascinating talks by some of Birmingham's best.


    TEDxBirmingham 2014
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    TEDxBirmingham 2014 - "Rediscover the Magic" - was held on March 1, 2014 at UAB's Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Alabama. 15 speakers plus several artis......

  • 10:36 AM April 18, 2014


    Timeline Photos
    Due to inclement weather, today's Spring Game and Blazer Village has been cancelled! Softball will still play at 4 PM & 6 PM!...

  • 5:29 PM April 17, 2014

    Julia Gohlke, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Heal...

    Julia Gohlke, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences within the UAB School of Public Health, initiated Education to Action: Supporting Youth Leadership in Environmental Health, an after-school program for students at Hudson K-8 School, through a Community Scholars grant made possible by the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health.

    Now in its third semester of activities, the project involves Gohlke and colleagues doing weekly hands-on activities with the students that focus on environmental health topics.


    Education to Action: Supporting Youth Leadership in Environmental
    Julia Gohlke, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences within the @[198181386877067:274:UAB School of Public Health], initiated Education to Action: Supporting Youth Leadership in Environmental Health, an after-school program for students at Hudson K-8 School, through a Community Scholars grant made possible by the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health.

    Now in its third semester of activities, the project involves Gohlke and colleagues doing weekly hands-on activities with the students that focus on environmental health topics....

  • 2:01 PM April 17, 2014

    Puppies! Hand in Paw is at UAB Lister Hill Library visiting our hard-working stu...

    Puppies! Hand in Paw is at UAB Lister Hill Library visiting our hard-working students. Therapy dogs are so friendly. They'll be here until 1:30!

    ...

  • 10:15 AM April 17, 2014

    The Blazer Block Party is this Friday! Come out to Blazer Village before the 4 p...

    The Blazer Block Party is this Friday! Come out to Blazer Village before the 4 p.m. UAB Softball game and the 6 p.m. UAB Blazers football spring game.

    ...

  • 8:30 PM April 16, 2014

    Sometimes tossing a GoPro off the world's largest cast iron statue is all in a d...

    Sometimes tossing a GoPro off the world's largest cast iron statue is all in a day's work for the UAB News video team. The GoPro housing shattered but the camera kept rolling!

    The 25th Annual Brent Newman Egg Drop Competition was a smashing success! Thanks again to Vulcan Park and Museum for hosting. Read more: http://bit.ly/1gBo8yQ


    Look Out Below..
    Hundreds of central Alabama students went to the top of Vulcan on Red Mountain on April 11 to participate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's 25th A......

  • 6:37 PM April 16, 2014

    UAB transverse myelitis patient and Maylene resident Mike Jezdimir hosted his se...

    UAB transverse myelitis patient and Maylene resident Mike Jezdimir hosted his second annual Run 4 Mike this past weekend in Alabaster. More than 150 people participated, including UAB physicians, researchers and staff.

    The Mike L. Jezdimir Transverse Myelitis Foundation has raised more than $10,000 for research into the neurological disorder, with all monies raised from events he has hosted coming to UAB.

    You can learn more about his story at http://bit.ly/1l3xI53 and watch him live with Kathie Lee & Hoda Thursday morning on the Today Show on NBC.


    Running to find a cure for Transverse Myelitis...

  • 4:57 PM April 16, 2014


    UAB Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus to Join Local MAX Fleet...

  • 4:57 PM April 16, 2014


    UAB Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus to Join Local MAX Fleet...

  • 4:57 PM April 16, 2014


    UAB Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus to Join Local MAX Fleet...