When the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) joined forces six years ago with other state associations across the country under the umbrella of the American Hospital Association (AHA), they became recipients of a grant for hospital quality improvement, enabling them to hire a staff person to work with their member hospitals.
Cardiology, oncology and many other areas of medicine have benefited from remarkable advances in recent years. However, for kidney patients the standards of care have remained much the same for decades.
Teaching people to recognize signs of a heart attack, stroke and cancer has made a real difference in improving outcomes. However, one of the most common causes of death is something many people have never heard of--and even many physicians are surprised when they see the numbers in black and white.
Last year, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) investigated two Acinetobacter baumannii cases in one facility. Resistant to nearly all antibiotics, including the powerful carbapenem class, this bacteria tends to occur in patients in intensive care units.
The Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center (AD3C) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has developed remdesivir, an investigational drug that is being used to treat select infected patients in the United States and in China who have been affected by the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Ease of travel, interconnected financial markets, and differences in testing & response have upped the collateral damage from this latest coronavirus.
If you ask Rebecca Harrison, RN and her aunt, Sue Gravelle, RN, about sacrifice, they will each point to the other. But last November, Harrison put her life on hold--and at risk--to give one of her kidneys to Gravelle.
With 1 in 7 American adults being affected by chronic kidney disease, the American Society of Nephrology, in partnership with federal agencies, are laying the groundwork for treatment innovation.
"In order to improve health care, patients have to understand what you are telling them to do," said Rosemary Blackmon, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA).
Interventional cardiology is ranked as the occupation with the highest level of radiation exposure in the world, with providers facing levels that are typically three times higher than those faced by workers in nuclear power plants.
Alabama has earned an "F" on the 2019 March of Dimes Report Card for its pre-term birth rate, a key indicator of maternal and infant health.
When performing an arteriogram for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD), the cardiologists at Birmingham Heart Clinic have adopted a "pedal first" approach, in which the pedal vessels are entered around the ankle.
When you look at the class picture from almost any medical school, you can see how far women have come as physicians.
An innovative bioprinter designed by a University of Alabama at Birmingham student is speeding tissue engineering and the manufacturing of human tissue for organ regeneration and replacement.
Following successful preclinical trials and FDA funding, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals is preparing to launch a new Phase II trial of ifetroban to treat cardiomyopathy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients.
When Urology Centers of Alabama started a data analytics program last year, they discovered that over 50 percent of their overactive bladder (OAB) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients never showed back up for a second visit. That was clearly a problem, both from a patient care perspective as well as the practice's bottom line.
For physicians who went into medicine to save lives and heal people, one of the greatest frustrations they face is when they run out of options for a patient's cure.
The CDC recently released clinical guidelines for treating vaping-related illness, recommending hospitalization for suspected cases when patients have oxygen levels below 95 percent.
It's a rite of passage that people turning 50 tend to look forward to with about as much enthusiasm as finding their first invitation to join AARP in the mail.
Only about half of eligible Medicare beneficiaries in 2017 were enrolled in hospice care at their time of death, and most accessed this specialized care (40 percent) for only the last two weeks, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
For most of her life, a young woman had been a medical mystery. At age five, her lower limbs began to show impairment. The cause eluded physicians.
David Franco, MD, a pulmonary specialist with Pulmonary Associates of the Southeast, is on a mission to prevent deaths from lung cancer through early detection by making screening a priority for patients at high-risk for the disease.
Reducing hospital readmissions has been a focus of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") for some time now and particularly since the enactment of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program ("HRRP") in 2012.
While infertility is still often perceived as a predominantly female disorder, the reality is that a male component is present in about half the cases where there is failure to achieve pregnancy.
Gynecologists have long been recognized as champions of women's health care, and Eric Brewer MD, a physician with Urology Centers of Alabama, says urologists should play the same role for men.
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