New UAB Callahan Dry Eye Clinic     

Dry eye is one of the most common reasons that Americans visit an eye doctor. The pain and severe discomfort caused by dry eye disease can affect quality of life significantly for the almost five million sufferers.  ...Read More

 



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OPHTHALMOLOGY FOCUS

New UAB Callahan Dry Eye Clinic  | dry eye; tear osmolarity testing; LipiView; InflammaDry
New UAB Callahan Dry Eye Clinic
Dry eye is one of the most common reasons that Americans visit an eye doctor. The pain and severe discomfort caused by dry eye disease can affect quality of life significantly for the almost five million sufferers.
 
Investigating the Eye’s Role in Concussions
Investigating the Eye’s Role in Concussions
In recent years, much attention has been given to new ways of testing for concussion injuries. However, diagnosis and monitoring of these mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) can be hindered by the absence of reliable biomarkers and are difficult to pinpoint with standard CT and MRI testing.
 
Night Vision Problems Linked to Macular Degeneration in Older Adults |  age-related macular degeneration; dark adaptation studies; rod-mediated dark adaptation impairment;
Night Vision Problems Linked to Macular Degeneration in Older Adults
For over 20 years, researchers in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology have focused on the impact of aging on vision. This year, their collaborative efforts have identified a functional biomarker for early onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
 
Using Amniotic Membrane to Treat Ocular Disease
A recent article in the Birmingham Medical News discussed a new breakthrough in the preservation of amniotic membranes that appears to boost wound healing. Clinicians also use amniotic membranes to treat a variety of ocular diseases.
 
PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS

With Vaccines for HPV Cancers, Why are so few Alabama Children Protected?
With Vaccines for HPV Cancers, Why are so few Alabama Children Protected?

So why is it that only 30 percent of girls and 9 percent of boys in this state are being protected with the vaccines we do have that could keep them from getting 90 percent of cervical and anal cancers, 70 percent of vaginal, vulvar and oropharynx cancers, and more than 60 percent of penile cancers?

 


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Malone Has Home Team Advantage in Radiology
Malone Has Home Team Advantage in Radiology
It’s an unusual analogy to be sure, but if anyone can equate strategic football plays with complex radiology diagnostics, Alfred (Shawn) Malone, MD, is the man to do it. The former Auburn University football standout, nominated All-SEC, parlayed an electrical engineering major into a medical degree and eventually his specialty as a radiologist with Radiology of Huntsville.
 
Treating Physical Problems with Spiritual Solutions
Treating Physical Problems with Spiritual Solutions

Danika Yvette Hickman, MD is a pro when it comes to wearing a variety of hats. Not only is she a physician, she’s a wife, mother, author, chaplain, public speaker, radio show host… and the list goes on.


 
Guest Writers

Value Based Purchasing Comes to the Home Health Industry
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) continues to advance its plan to enforce Value Based Purchasing in an effort to change the methods by which care is delivered and reimbursed in the United States.
 
Recent Changes to the Stark Law Provide Added Flexibility
The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016.
 
The Literary Examiner

Love, Animals & Miracles

by Bernie S. Siegel, MD with Cynthia J. Hurn

c.2015, New World Library; $21.95; 289 pages


 
Grand Rounds

January 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study
Title: Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST

Dogs' IQs Can Vary, Study Shows
Title: Dogs' IQs Can Vary, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST

Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study
Title: Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST

TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.
Title: TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study
Title: Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST

Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
Title: Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 2/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 1:00 am CST


How your body reacts when you fall in love - CNN

CNN

How your body reacts when you fall in love
CNN
Kat Van Kirk, PhD, a clinical sexologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, says these chemicals are released throughout different points of attraction, and help bond you with your partner. Like drugs, the more time you spend with this person ...

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 6:49 am CST

Medical Datebook: Free heart health event set in Canton - Hometownlife.com

Hometownlife.com

Medical Datebook: Free heart health event set in Canton
Hometownlife.com
17, at the Townsend Hotel., 100 Townsend, in downtown Birmingham. Session topics include stress reduction and integrative medicine, the power of positive self-talk, heart-healthy foods and recipes, the perils of sitting versus standing, and more. The ...

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 7:06 am CST

New NCCN Guidelines Include Evidence Blocks to Illustrate Value in Breast, Colon, Kidney, and Rectal Cancers - Newswise (press release)

New NCCN Guidelines Include Evidence Blocks to Illustrate Value in Breast, Colon, Kidney, and Rectal Cancers
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — FORT WASHINGTON, PA —The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) with NCCN Evidence Blocks™ for Breast, Colon, Kidney, and .... TN; Stanford Cancer ...

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Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 8:36 am CST