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Newswise: High Blood Pressure May Not Always Appear in Blood Pressure Readings at Doctor’s Office
Released: 4-Mar-2019 4:40 PM EST
High Blood Pressure May Not Always Appear in Blood Pressure Readings at Doctor’s Office
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Approximately 20 to 30 percent of adults in the United States may not be correctly diagnosed with having hypertension due to differences in their blood pressure when measured in their doctor’s office versus outside of their doctor’s office.

Newswise: Environmental justice begins with awareness, advocacy
Released: 4-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EST
Environmental justice begins with awareness, advocacy
University of Alabama Huntsville

Dr. Azita Amiri, an assistant professor in UAH’s College of Nursing, and Dr. Shuang Zhao, an assistant professor in both the Department of Political Science and the Department of Atmospheric Science, have been working to bring attention to the plight of residents in Uniontown, Ala., an environmental justice community located in the state’s Black Belt.

Newswise: High-fat diet and age alter gut microbes and immune response, causing inflamed state in heart failure
Released: 1-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EST
High-fat diet and age alter gut microbes and immune response, causing inflamed state in heart failure
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A calorie-dense, obesity-generating diet in aging mice disrupts the composition of the gut microbiome. This correlates with development of a system-wide nonresolving inflammation in acute heart failure, with a notable disruption of the immune cell profile, primarily the neutrophil-leukocyte ratio.

Newswise: An antiviral gel may prevent genital herpes in women
Released: 28-Feb-2019 3:25 PM EST
An antiviral gel may prevent genital herpes in women
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers examined the effect of vaginal tenofovir 1 percent gel use on the risk of acquiring herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-2.

Newswise: University-hosted sites carry out statewide initiative to elevate K-12 STEM instruction
Released: 26-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
University-hosted sites carry out statewide initiative to elevate K-12 STEM instruction
University of Alabama Huntsville

UAH is the original host university of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), a statewide initiative to improve math and science teaching in Alabama by providing participating schools with professional development, equipment and materials, and onsite support from content specialists.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Southern Research teams with UAB to launch 3 pilot studies
Southern Research

How certain bacteria may make people more prone to asthma is one topic of three research grants jointly funded by Southern Research and the UAB School of Medicine. These new research pilots are the latest effort to harness synergies between researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Southern Research, a Birmingham-based nonprofit research institute with nearly 400 scientists and engineers. The two other pilots seek an improved way to develop new vaccines and a new mouse model for a potentially dangerous, hereditary deficiency shared by 400 million people worldwide.

Released: 25-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Outreach effort introduces North Alabama high school students to thinking entrepreneurially
University of Alabama Huntsville

UAH’s College of Business is an early and ongoing supporter of the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program, an initiative that seeks to bring entrepreneurial education to school districts in Decatur and throughout Morgan County.

Newswise: Robust and specific gene regulation tool developed for primary brain neurons
19-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
Robust and specific gene regulation tool developed for primary brain neurons
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A powerful tool is available to investigate brain development, memory and learning, and brain dysregulation in neuropsychiatric diseases like addiction, depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. This molecular biology tool can selectively and robustly turn on genes in brain neurons of living rats.

Newswise: Urban parks could make you happier
21-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Urban parks could make you happier
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB researchers found spending 20 minutes in an urban park will make someone happier — whether they are engaging in exercise or not during the visit.

Newswise: The Best and Worst Things You Can Do for Your Heart
Released: 22-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
The Best and Worst Things You Can Do for Your Heart
University of Alabama at Birmingham

According to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics, nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease.

Released: 22-Feb-2019 3:45 PM EST
New Bacterial Signaling Language Offers Pathway to Treat Infections
Southern Research

Scientists at the microbiology lab led by Javier Campos-Gómez, Ph.D., in Drug Discovery at Southern Research discovered that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium responsible for severe, drug-resistant infections in humans, uses a family of fatty acids, known as “oxylipins,” in a cell-to-cell signaling language critical for its virulence.

Newswise: Mock hospital allows UAH's nursing students to practice rescuing “patients” under pressure
Released: 21-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
Mock hospital allows UAH's nursing students to practice rescuing “patients” under pressure
University of Alabama Huntsville

The Leadership and Management in Nursing course, offered by UAH’s College of Nursing, includes a "mock hospital" experience that allows faculty members to assess the students’ clinical skills and critical thinking abilities prior to launching them into their preceptorship.

Newswise: Early screening for gestational diabetes in pregnant, obese women may be unhelpful
Released: 20-Feb-2019 11:30 AM EST
Early screening for gestational diabetes in pregnant, obese women may be unhelpful
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Findings suggest there is no improvement in pregnancy outcomes for obese women who receive early gestational diabetes screening.

Released: 18-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Does a severe infection put you at greater risk of heart disease and death?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

As part of the study, researchers conducted a population-based assessment of incident cardiovascular events occurring in patients with severe sepsis, and the effect of these cardiovascular events on in-hospital mortality.

Released: 15-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Weight Cycling Does Not Adversely Affect Cardiovascular Outcomes in Women with Suspected Myocardial Ischemia
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Study suggests that weight loss, even if associated with intermittent weight gain, is worthwhile in that there appears to be no harm and possible benefit in terms of cardiovascular outcomes.

Newswise: “They made me feel like a person”: Palliative care counseling changes lives for patients, families
Released: 14-Feb-2019 6:45 AM EST
“They made me feel like a person”: Palliative care counseling changes lives for patients, families
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The psychosocial care team helps patients and their caregivers and family members address issues including managing distress, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress associated with diagnoses and treatments. The team also helps patients and caregivers to feel less overwhelmed and more in control, as well as improving self-care and communication with loved ones and their health care providers.

Newswise: Human Brain Protein Associated with Autism Confers Abnormal Behavior in Fruit Flies
Released: 11-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
Human Brain Protein Associated with Autism Confers Abnormal Behavior in Fruit Flies
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A mutant gene for a brain protein in a child with autism has been placed into the brains of fruit flies. Fruit flies hosting that gene produce the variant human brain protein and show abnormal behaviors of fear, repetitive activity and altered social interaction, reminiscent of autism impairments.

Released: 11-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
Southern Research Works to Spur Medical Device Development in Birmingham
Southern Research

Southern Research’s Stacey Kelpke, Ph.D., believes Birmingham is well equipped to become the next hub for the development of innovative medical devices, thanks to the city’s rich manufacturing heritage and its wide-ranging healthcare expertise,

Newswise:Video Embedded mending-ben-s-heart
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Released: 8-Feb-2019 10:00 AM EST
Mending Ben's Heart
Children's of Alabama

Ben Golden Peterson was among the first patients to undergo heart surgery when the Bruno Pediatric Heart Center opened at Children’s of Alabama in 2012. Post surgery, he was diagnosed with cancer. Today, Ben is an energetic first grader who loves playing baseball and showing off his favorite Fortnite dance moves.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
Study finds gene does not increase risk for Type 2 diabetes in all Hispanic/Latino background groups equally
University of Alabama at Birmingham

People of Mexican descent with variants of a certain gene are more at risk for Type 2 diabetes, but the risk of developing the disease does not increase for people of other Hispanic and Latino background groups.

Newswise: Otherwise healthy and think you have the flu? Avoid the emergency room
Released: 6-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Otherwise healthy and think you have the flu? Avoid the emergency room
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Centers for Disease Control reports that influenza activity in Alabama is now widespread and likely to increase. Alabama’s Department of Public Health also reports that almost every Alabama county is experiencing significant flu activity. As Alabama and the rest of the country enter the height of flu season, University of Alabama at Birmingham medical caregivers want to remind the public that, if you are normally a healthy person who is experiencing flu-like symptoms — high fever, muscle or body aches throughout the body, exhaustion, and loss of appetite — do not go to the emergency department.

Newswise: NSAID pretreatment impairs immune response in heart failure, worsens heart and kidney damage
Released: 6-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
NSAID pretreatment impairs immune response in heart failure, worsens heart and kidney damage
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Treatment with the NSAID carprofen triggers subtle low-grade inflammation in the heart and kidneys. The combination of carprofen pretreatment and heart attack magnifies this impact by dysregulating the acute inflammatory response, amplifying inflammation and intensifying the cardiorenal syndrome.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
Does Intensive Blood Pressure Control Reduce Dementia?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a precursor of early dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health-supported Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Memory and Cognition in Decreased Hypertension, or SPRINT MIND.

Newswise: Novel else-tree classifier seeks to minimize misclassification in biological research studies
Released: 31-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Novel else-tree classifier seeks to minimize misclassification in biological research studies
University of Alabama Huntsville

UAH computer science Ph.D. candidate Truong Xuan Tran and his advisor, UAH associate professor Dr. Ramazan Aygun, have developed an else-tree classifier with the potential to generate zero percent error without overfitting by separating hard-to-classify data as undecided.

Newswise: Ultrasound helps predict successful fistula formation for kidney dialysis patients
Released: 31-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Ultrasound helps predict successful fistula formation for kidney dialysis patients
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Three ultrasound measurements moderately, but significantly, predict successful arteriovenous fistula maturation. Mature fistulas are vital for hemodialysis, but half fail to mature. This information can facilitate decisions by the clinician, like new surgery or abandonment of the fistula.

Released: 30-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
UAH's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity to Help Address Predicted Global Shortfall of Cybersecurity Professionals
University of Alabama Huntsville

UAH now offers a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity in addition to its Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Both programs are intended to help address the growing global demand for cybersecurity experts.

Newswise: Difference in Brain Connectivity May Explain Autism Spectrum Disorder
Released: 30-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Difference in Brain Connectivity May Explain Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers find brain overconnectivity in the unimodal-subcortical connections and brain underconnectivity in the supramodal-subcortical connections for ASD individuals, as compared to a typically developing control group, suggesting a relationship between connectivity and the expression of ASD.

Newswise: UAH professor says multigenerational teams could be an asset to companies
Released: 30-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
UAH professor says multigenerational teams could be an asset to companies
University of Alabama Huntsville

Dr. Pavica Sheldon, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Arts at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), offers insight into the four generations that comprise today's workforce.

Newswise: UAH sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage
Released: 30-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
UAH sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage
University of Alabama Huntsville

Longer life and increased capacity for a new technology battery that could be the workhorse of a renewable energy grid are the goals of a study of the effect of charging cycles on the structure of anodes in sodium ion batteries.

Newswise: Heart Month: Understanding Congenital Heart Disease in Pediatric Patients
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Released: 29-Jan-2019 3:00 PM EST
Heart Month: Understanding Congenital Heart Disease in Pediatric Patients
Children's of Alabama

During the month of February, we celebrate Heart Month at Children’s of Alabama by highlighting advancements in care and technology at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama. This partnership between Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) brings together more than 250 team members who focus solely on the care of children with heart disease. From the time a baby is diagnosed, even before birth, a plan for that child’s care is developed.

Newswise: Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Sick Babies May Be a Promising Temporary Treatment Option
26-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Sick Babies May Be a Promising Temporary Treatment Option
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Pig heart transplants could potentially save the lives of infants with life-threatening heart diseases.

Newswise: New master’s degree in anatomy offered, and classes begin in June
Released: 24-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
New master’s degree in anatomy offered, and classes begin in June
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will launch a new master’s degree in anatomical science this summer to help meet the growing need for anatomists in health care programs and courses.

Newswise: Kidney-resident macrophages — a role for healing during acute kidney injury?
Released: 24-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Kidney-resident macrophages — a role for healing during acute kidney injury?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers have found that, during acute kidney injury in a mouse model, the kidney-resident macrophages are reprogrammed to a developmental state, resembling these same cells when they are found in newborn mice. This reprogramming may be important to promote healing and tissue regeneration.

Newswise: New findings may help oncologists determine effectiveness of checkpoint inhibitors
Released: 23-Jan-2019 5:30 PM EST
New findings may help oncologists determine effectiveness of checkpoint inhibitors
University of Alabama at Birmingham

In an article recently published in JCI Insight, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Vanderbilt University have identified checkpoint inhibitor resistance mechanisms in many solid tumor cancers, including melanoma, lung cancer and breast cancer.

Newswise: Researchers discover new biomarker for age-related macular degeneration
Released: 23-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Researchers discover new biomarker for age-related macular degeneration
University of Alabama at Birmingham

This is the first visual function for incident AMD in older adults with normal macular health and early AMD. Older adults with delayed dark adaptation have a heightened risk for developing AMD within the next few years. Vision in bright light was known to be relatively preserved late into the disease. Night vision is affected much earlier.

Newswise: Child survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma have increased risk of second cancer
Released: 17-Jan-2019 10:15 AM EST
Child survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma have increased risk of second cancer
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma are at an increased risk of developing an entirely new cancer later in life, according to new research published in Cancer — the American Cancer Society’s international peer-reviewed scientific journal — and conducted at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Newswise: Activated PMN exosomes are pathogenic entities that cause destruction in the COPD lung
Released: 10-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
Activated PMN exosomes are pathogenic entities that cause destruction in the COPD lung
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers have found a novel, pathogenic entity that is a fundamental link between chronic inflammation and tissue destruction in lungs of patients with COPD. These exosomes from activated neutrophils caused COPD damage when they were instilled into the lungs of healthy mice.

Newswise: Five UAH programs ranked among the nation’s top 25 by NSF
Released: 10-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Five UAH programs ranked among the nation’s top 25 by NSF
University of Alabama Huntsville

The National Science Foundation released their latest survey of federally financed research expenditures, and five UAH programs continue to be ranked among the top 25 in the nation.

Newswise: Mechanism for impaired allergic inflammation in infants may explain hygiene hypothesis
Released: 8-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
Mechanism for impaired allergic inflammation in infants may explain hygiene hypothesis
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research published in Immunity describes a mechanism in a mouse model of asthma that supports the hygiene hypothesis — researchers found that infant mice need a higher exposure to a bacterial endotoxin, compared to adult mice, to avoid developing asthma-like reactions to house dust mites.


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