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Friday 22-Aug-2014

UAB Medicine Wellness News

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

Losing Weight Lowers Health Care Costs for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study.

–Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|2014-08-21

Two Chicago School Cafeterias to Use Technology to Create a Healthy Eating “Report Card” on Students’ Food Choices and Eating Habits to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Preventive medicine experts at Rush University Medical Center and Canyon Ranch Institute have teamed up to design and test a new program that tracks what students are actually choosing to eat at school meals and supports parents and caregivers in helping their child achieve a healthy lifestyle. The program is called, “Healthy School Meals Realized through Technology (SMART) Schools.”

–Rush University Medical Center|2014-08-21

Fruit and Vegetable Intake Still Too Low; Human Nutritionist Says to Focus on Lunch

Recent changes to the WIC program have improved fruit intake in children, says a Kansas State University human nutritionist.

–Kansas State University|2014-08-19

Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?

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It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.

–University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)|2014-08-15

UH Case Medical Center Begins Offering New Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life for people who cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

–University Hospitals Case Medical Center|2014-08-15

Message to Parents: Babies Don't "Start From Scratch"

There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers.

–University of Adelaide|2014-08-14

In Wake of New Diabetes Risk Study, Academy Highlights Value of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Reducing Risk, Providing Treatment

A new study indicates that Americans have approximately a 40 percent risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can help reduce the risk of diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

–Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|2014-08-14

Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches from Nutrition Experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Offer

Today, in America, one in three children is considered overweight or obese. Now is a good time to start the school year off right with healthy eating habits. Nutrition experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are offering parents tips for packing healthy school lunches.

–Vanderbilt University Medical Center|2014-08-12

Size Matters When Convincing Your Brain to Eat Healthier Foods

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Playing with the portions of good and not-so-good-for-you foods is better than trying to eliminate bad foods, according to a Vanderbilt study.

–Vanderbilt University|2014-08-11

School Violence, Gun-Related Injury Among Top 10 Child Health Concerns Nationally

Childhood obesity remains the top health concern for children in 2014, but when asked about national concerns, adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in the top 10.

–University of Michigan Health System|2014-08-11

Lead Linked to Obesity in Mice Exposed by Mothers

When we think of ill effects from lead exposure various neurologic problems usually come to mind. Now researchers at the University of Michigan say another health impact can be added to the list: obesity.

–University of Michigan |2014-08-08

Study Validates New Approach to High Blood Pressure

Trial results in a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine finds that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for hypertension resulted in substantial and statistically significant reductions in the primary outcomes, a -4.8-mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 1.9-mm Hg reduction in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) when measured in the clinic. The alternate arm of the trial involved only progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), which resulted only in a decrease of 0.7-mm in SBP and an increase of 1.2-mm Hg in DBP.

–University Hospitals Case Medical Center|2014-08-05

Removing Vending Machines From Schools Is Not Enough to Reduce Soda Consumption

Banning vending machines from schools can actually increase soda and fast food consumption among students if it’s the only school food policy change implemented, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

–University of Illinois at Chicago|2014-08-01

“Rewired” Mice Show Signs of Longer Lives with Fewer Age-related Illnesses

While developing an important cancer drug, Wistar scientists discovered that mice without the TRAP-1 protein live healthier longer lives, with fewer tumors and signs of aging.

–Wistar Institute|2014-08-01

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Find New Calorie-Burning Switch in Brown Fat

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Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a signaling pathway that switches on a powerful calorie-burning process in brown fat cells.

–Scripps Research Institute|2014-07-31

To Combat Obesity Among US Latina Immigrants, Cultural Food Patterns Must Be Acknowledged, Says NYU College of Nursing Research

NYU College of Nursing student researcher Lauren Gerchow, BSN, RN, MSN candidate, has sought to identify the factors that contribute to this problem by compiling a systematic review of qualitative studies that focused on food patterns in Latina women recently published in Nursing Research.

–New York University|2014-07-31

Appreciation for Fat Jokes, Belief in Obese Stereotypes Linked

From movies to television, obesity is still considered “fair game” for jokes and ridicule. A new study from researchers at Bowling Green State University took a closer look at weight-related humor to see if anti-fat attitudes played into a person’s appreciation or distaste for fat humor in the media.

–Bowling Green State University|2014-07-30

Brain Response to Appetizing Food Cues Varies among Obese People

People who have the most common genetic mutation linked to obesity respond differently to pictures of appetizing foods than overweight or obese people who do not have the genetic mutation, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

–Endocrine Society|2014-07-30

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  • 5:57 PM August 22, 2014


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    New Student Tip: When to register for classes, the last day to add or drop a class, official UAB holidays, final exams schedule, and many more important dates can be found on the academic calendar. UAB's official academic calendar can be found at uab.edu/academiccalendar....

  • 11:02 AM August 22, 2014

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the UAB Marching Blazers and they will be f...

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the UAB Marching Blazers and they will be featuring music from 1994 to celebrate! The 210 students have rehearsed twice a month over the summer and at band camp for the past week.

    Catch them on the Campus Green tonight at 7:30!

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  • 5:21 PM August 21, 2014

    Peter King, M.D., UAB neurologist and ALS researcher, spoke to the media prior t...

    Peter King, M.D., UAB neurologist and ALS researcher, spoke to the media prior to taking the ALS #IceBucketChallenge today! Funds raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge will be an extraordinary resource for scientists struggling to understand ALS, he says, and will help spur the development of new therapies for a devastating disease.


    UAB researcher takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Peter King, M.D., UAB neurologist and ALS researcher, speaks to the media prior to taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. King said the funds raised by the Ice......

  • 12:15 PM August 21, 2014

    UAB research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating br...

    UAB research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating breakfast didn't influence weight loss. Read more: http://ow.ly/AzN8d


    Is Breakfast Overrated?
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  • 11:15 AM August 21, 2014

    Members of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration class took the #ic...

    Members of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration class took the #icebucketchallenge for ALS!


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    The entire Master of Science in Health Administration class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was challenged by Christy Lemak, Ph.D., the new chair ......

  • 8:00 PM August 20, 2014

    “We are focused on extending communication beyond the four walls of the hospital...

    “We are focused on extending communication beyond the four walls of the hospital, to not only share valuable instructions but also monitor patient care,” says UAB Hospital Chief Quality Officer Benjamin Taylor, M.D., MPH.

    “Being a part of our patients’ path to wellness doesn’t end when they leave our hospital.”


    UAB News - UAB Medicine utilizing patient-engagement technology to support recovery post-discharge
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  • 3:03 PM August 20, 2014

    The 4th annual Blazer Fun Run will be Sept. 20! Register by Thursday to get an e...

    The 4th annual Blazer Fun Run will be Sept. 20! Register by Thursday to get an early bird discount.


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    Make plans to bring your families and participate in the 4th Annual 2-mile Blazer Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 20 at UAB Dowdy Field!...

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    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Undergraduate Admission Page

    New Student Tip: UAB will have "Ask a Blazer" stations set up all across campus on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26 to answer any questions you may have. No question is too big or too small! The stations will be staffed with administrators, faculty, staff, and current students. If you don't have a question, just stop by and say hello, so we can welcome you to campus. We are looking forward to a great year! #GoBlazers...

  • 11:09 AM August 20, 2014

    The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Cen...

    The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center have established a joint cancer research consortium that will combine pioneering efforts to diagnose, treat and care for patients and families affected by cancer. As a demonstration of each institution’s commitment to tackling the second leading cause of death in the United States, both organizations announced their intention to hire multiple faculty investigators in cancer genomics.


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  • 11:00 AM August 19, 2014

    Science—not Starbucks—has the most impact on the flavor of coffee. The same goes...

    Science—not Starbucks—has the most impact on the flavor of coffee. The same goes for beer. UAB chemist Tracy Hamilton lectures around the country on the complex compounds that make these beverages so satisfying. He pours out some delicious facts, along with tips for preserving beer and coffee flavor.


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  • 12:00 PM August 18, 2014

    It's almost time! Are you ready to move in? Check out The Ultimate Move-In Guide!

    It's almost time! Are you ready to move in? Check out The Ultimate Move-In Guide!


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    Moving into your new home on campus can be stressful, but with the right tools and preparation you can reduce the chaos and enjoy your first day of co......

  • 11:00 AM August 17, 2014

    The UAB School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony will stream live starting at 2 p....

    The UAB School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony will stream live starting at 2 p.m. from this website: http://ow.ly/AkLgC

    In the meantime check out the 2013 ceremony video and welcome to UAB's newest medical students!


    White Coat Ceremony 2013

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  • 11:00 AM August 15, 2014

    Have you tried out the improved Google Street View of campus? It's a lot of fun!...

    Have you tried out the improved Google Street View of campus? It's a lot of fun!

    There are some surprises to be found, like who is waiting for you at home plate!


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  • 2:07 PM August 14, 2014

    Recent studies suggest national dietary guidelines for sodium intake are unreali...

    Recent studies suggest national dietary guidelines for sodium intake are unrealistic, and that the recommended level of sodium could be associated with a higher risk of cardiac disease and mortality.

    In an invited New England Journal of Medicine editorial, UAB Distinguished Professor of Medicine Suzanne Oparil, M.D., highlights research efforts exploring low-sodium intake guidelines and implications on cardiac disease and mortality.

    Read the UAB News story: http://ow.ly/AkGAG


    Excess sodium intake linked to 1.65 million deaths annually
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    Across the world, the excessive consumption of sodium--hiding in breads, soups and snack foods and beckoning from salt shakers everywhere--is the cause of some 1.65 million deaths by heart disease and strokes yearly, including roughly 667,000 "premature" deaths--those before the age of 70--says a co…...

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  • 3:50 PM August 13, 2014

    Four student-made documentary shorts will be part of the Sidewalk Moving Picture...

    Four student-made documentary shorts will be part of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival!


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    Four documentary shorts made at UAB will be shown as part of a series of Alabama-made films at the festival. "Another Day in the Neighborhood"Document......

  • 10:13 AM August 13, 2014

    ASC's ArtPlay is now registering for fall classes. Check out the schedule and si...

    ASC's ArtPlay is now registering for fall classes. Check out the schedule and sign up.


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  • 3:56 PM August 12, 2014

    The UAB School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony welcomes first-year medical stude...

    The UAB School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony welcomes first-year medical students on Aug. 17.


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  • 11:57 AM August 12, 2014

    The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has reaffirmed its acc...

    The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has reaffirmed its accreditation of UAB School of Education programs, which include tracks in educator preparation, counselor education, teacher leadership and educational leadership.


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  • 6:30 PM August 11, 2014

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    Work by UAB Department of Art & Art History faculty and alumni will be on show this week. Check it out!


    UAB News - “Interlude/Influence” exhibition to feature UAB Art faculty, alumni works
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  • 3:01 PM August 11, 2014


    UAB News - Keb’ Mo’, G. Love & Special Sauce set for Aug. 26 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
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  • 11:37 AM August 11, 2014

    Sending little ones back to school? UAB experts offer some ideas to help reinfor...

    Sending little ones back to school? UAB experts offer some ideas to help reinforce a variety of good habits for everyone.

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    Don’t blame chickens for chikungunya, a virus that has infected nearly 400 peopl...

    Don’t blame chickens for chikungunya, a virus that has infected nearly 400 people in the United States since spring. UAB experts describe how other winged carriers — air passengers and mosquitoes —spread the painful disease, and how a new national center headquartered at UAB is developing drugs to fight it in UAB Magazine.


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  • 3:22 PM August 7, 2014

    UAB School of Health Professions lab teacher Carol Robbins, Ph.D., helps show Mc...

    UAB School of Health Professions lab teacher Carol Robbins, Ph.D., helps show McWane Science Center campers how to find the DNA in their snot, and other ways science can be fun.


    Dish liquid, rubbing alcohol and UAB instructor help kids see their DNA
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