A World without Antibiotics

Few people alive today remember a time when there were no antibiotics. Before penicillin arrived on the front lines of World War II, many lives and limbs were lost not on the battlefield, but in the days after when even small...

UAB Engages Blue Light Imaging in Bladder Cancer

"If this was a prostate cancer tool, 90 percent of surgeons would be using it," says Jeffrey Nix, MD, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Urology, about blue light cystoscopy in bladder cancer surgeries.

Business

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

If the 2017 healthcare environment could be summed up in one word, it would be "uncertainty."

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The Promise of Blockchain

The Promise of Blockchain

Change Healthcare's Aaron Symanski says there are a lot of questions around blockchain ... and that's a good thing because it means there are many uses for the transformational technology in healthcare.

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Feature Profiles

Dugas Brings Sense of Urgency to Orthopedic Recovery

Dugas Brings Sense of Urgency to Orthopedic Recovery

At first glance, a ballet dancer and a wrestling superstar seem the ultimate juxtaposition. Closer scrutiny reveals the similitude of performance arts and athleticism.

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Regulatory/Compliance

For Providers, 2017 Draws to a Close with Regulatory Burdens and Promises of IRS Enforcement

Last year drew to a close with promises for the swift repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Stark Still Requires an Executed Written Agreement Between a Hospital and a Physician

Stark Still Requires an Executed Written Agreement Between a Hospital and a Physician

Recently, in United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., 242 F. Supp. 3d 409, 431 (W.D. Pa. 2017), reconsideration denied, No. CV 10-245, 2017 WL 3675921, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion clarifying that the Stark law still requires executed written agreements to meet safe harbor requirements.

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Medical Practices are required to Document Equipment Maintenance

Medical Practices are required to Document Equipment Maintenance

Whether it's a simple scale, a scope or an autoclave, every physician's office has equipment that needs maintenance, calibration and occasional repair.

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Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.

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Reseach

Study Shows Brain Structures Make Some Resilient to Alzheimer's

Study Shows Brain Structures Make Some Resilient to Alzheimer's

The size, shape and number of dendritic spines in the brain may play a major role in whether someone gets Alzheimer's disease, according to new research from UAB.

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UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease and the composition of the microbiome of the gut.

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Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Can stem cells mend a broken heart? Which approach to managing carotid stenosis is the best option to help which patients avoid a stroke?

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HudsonAlpha Rearchers Identify Genetic Variants That Cause Intellectual Delay

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, along with an international team of collaborators from six countries, have identified a new genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delay in children.

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Clinical

UAB Engages Blue Light Imaging in Bladder Cancer

UAB Engages Blue Light Imaging in Bladder Cancer

"If this was a prostate cancer tool, 90 percent of surgeons would be using it," says Jeffrey Nix, MD, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Urology, about blue light cystoscopy in bladder cancer surgeries.

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A World without Antibiotics

A World without Antibiotics

Few people alive today remember a time when there were no antibiotics. Before penicillin arrived on the front lines of World War II, many lives and limbs were lost not on the battlefield, but in the days after when even small wounds could become lethal infections.

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Low-Dose CT Scans Help Decrease Lung Cancer Mortality

Low-Dose CT Scans Help Decrease Lung Cancer Mortality

According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every four cancer deaths is attributed to lung cancer, making the disease the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

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New Treatment Lengthens Survival in Glioblastoma Patients

New Treatment Lengthens Survival in Glioblastoma Patients

The battle against brain cancer is a personal one for Christopher Jahraus MD, a radiation oncologist with Shelby Baptist Medical Center. When Jahraus was a fourth-year resident in his specialty, his father was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly malignant tumor.

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Reducing Risk by Rethinking Weight

Reducing Risk by Rethinking Weight

Sticking to New Year's resolutions can help with a host of health concerns ... including lowering risk for many types of cancers.

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Responding To Disaster

Responding To Disaster

Three devastating hurricanes and the threat of a cholera outbreak from contaminated water; wildfires near Gatlinburg and California wine country; outbreaks of Zika and Ebola--it all reminds us that bad things can happen anywhere.

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Social Media: A Public Health Threat?

Social Media: A Public Health Threat?

There is an increasing concern among public health professionals over the link between social media use and an increase in anxiety and depression.

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Grand Rounds

Overstreet Joins Burr Forman Health Law Practice

Overstreet Joins Burr Forman Health Law Practice

Adam Overstreet has joined Burr & Forman where he will practice with firm's health care group in Birmingham.

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Cisco names TekLinks South Collaboration Partner of the Year

Cisco recently recognized TekLinks as the South Area Architectural Excellence - Collaboration Partner of the Year.

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DCH Introduces Human Milk Program for Premature Infants

DCH Introduces Human Milk Program for Premature Infants

DCH Health System has launched a donor breast milk program benefitting premature infants in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center.

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St. Vincent's Open Urgent Care in Homewood

St. Vincent's Open Urgent Care in Homewood

St. Vincent's Health System recently held a ribbon cutting for the opening of its new St. Vincent's Urgent Care location in Homewood.

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Targeting a MicroRNA Shows Potential to Enhance Effectiveness of Diabetes Drugs

Over the past 15 years, UAB endocrinologist Anath Shalev, MD has unraveled a crucial biological pathway that malfunctions in diabetes.

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Study Finds Dieting Combined with High-Intensity Exercise Helps Reducing Risk of Weight Regain

Researchers at UAB have found that combining a calorie-restricted diet with high-intensity interval training could be a solution for reducing weight regain after weight loss.

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St. Vincent's Primary Care Adds New Physicians

St. Vincent's Primary Care Adds New Physicians

St. Vincent's Primary Care, a service of St. Vincent's Health System, has recently added one existing practice and three new physicians to their network.

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Mona Fouad, MD is Honored

Mona Fouad, MD is Honored

Mona N. Fouad, MD, professor and director of the Division of Preventive Medicine in the UAB School of Medicine, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine -- one of the highest honors given to a physician or scientist in the United States.

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Wilson Joins Alabama Allergy & Asthma

Wilson Joins Alabama Allergy & Asthma

Lorena Wilson, MD has joined Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, and is seeing patients at the Homewood, Hoover and Alabaster locations.

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Bryant Promoted to COO of Grandview

Bryant Promoted to COO of Grandview

Justin Bryant has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Grandview Medical Center. He succeeds Drew Mason who was recently promoted to CEO.

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UAB Medicine Opens New Outpatient Clinics

UAB Medicine Opens New Outpatient Clinics

UAB has added 28,600 square feet of clinical space with expansion into the John N. Whitaker Building, which sits just east of the Kirklin Clinic parking deck.

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Researchers Awarded $5.7 Million

Researchers Awarded $5.7 Million

Researchers studying methods of exercise delivery and the effects on people living with multiple sclerosis have been awarded $5.7 million in funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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