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Study shows new surgical protective gear does not reduce surgical site infections

A study from UAB published in JAMA Surgery on Feb. 12 indicates that use of surgical jackets and head covers known as bouffants in operating rooms does not reduce the incidence of surgical site infections.
14-Feb-2020 3:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

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New pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein found

Researchers report the biological effects of influenza protein NS1 binding to RIG-I — the binding directly quiets the alarm that activates the cellular innate immunity defense against the infection. This is a newly described way for flu to...
14-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST Add to Favorites

Love is in the air — or is it allergies?

UAB allergist Ed Boyd, M.D., shares some tips to avoid any risk of allergic reactions.
14-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Injury study charts the unknown: Ultimate Frisbee

Researchers at UAB have published the first look at injury rates of professional Ultimate athletes. As the flying disc sport surges in popularity, especially in children, understanding injury risk is vital.
12-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Link between chronic kidney disease and heart failure is identified in patients

People with chronic kidney disease have a higher risk for heart disease and heart-disease death. Now, for the first time in humans, researchers have identified a pathological change that appears to link kidney disease to progressive heart disease.
3-Feb-2020 4:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Study shows huge fluctuations in the cost of orthobiologics

The use of orthobiologics is a hot trend in orthopaedics, but new research from UAB shows wide variability in cost for these therapies; which is troublesome for therapies that are yet to be conclusively proven effective.
28-Jan-2020 12:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

How to train for a marathon

UAB orthopedic/sports medicine surgeon provides 10 useful tips on how to best train for a marathon.
27-Jan-2020 4:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Human fetal lungs harbor a microbiome signature

The lungs and placentas of fetuses in the womb — as young as 11 weeks after conception — already show a bacterial microbiome signature, which suggests that bacteria may colonize the lungs well before birth. How the microbes or microbial products...
17-Jan-2020 12:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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UAB experts involved with COVID-19 vaccine research available to comment on outbreak, what's being reported, where concerns lie

18-Feb-2020 12:45 PM EST

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Infectious disease expert able to discuss coronavirus

21-Jan-2020 4:40 PM EST

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5 ways to be a healthy holiday party pro

Lavish get-togethers with delicious treats by the sleigh-full will abound, but will that cause your waistline to bulge as well?
17-Dec-2019 10:10 AM EST

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Nutrition expert available to comment on BMJ food labeling research

12-Dec-2019 4:10 PM EST

FDA approves drug that improves lung function in most Cystic fibrosis patients.

22-Oct-2019 12:30 PM EDT

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Nutrition expert available to discuss controversial red meat guidelines

1-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT

What You Need to Know About Sinus Infections

As the fall months approach, the potential for seasonal allergies, runny noses and sinus infections increases.
1-Oct-2019 5:05 AM EDT

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Vaping Expert, Pediatrician, Available to Discuss Concerning Deaths and Related Illnesses Affecting Teens

6-Sep-2019 5:05 PM EDT

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Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center, as well as Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding $7 billion on the state. The five pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, patient care, community service and economic development. UAB is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Center for Translational Science Award. Learn more at UAB: Powered by will.


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