Princeton Baptist Medical Center's cardiovascular program has undergone a major transformation, hiring an additional cardiologist, structural heart physician, and two cardiovascular surgeons as well as launching a number of major capital projects.
While most Americans never gave any thought to the possibility of a pandemic until now, a group of researchers and virologists has been working to develop therapies for emerging uncontrolled infections long before COVID-19 came to dominate the headlines.
The current hot topic within the field of orthopedics is biologic injections (i.e, PRP, stem cells). There is a great amount of research and marketing behind such injections, especially given the potential to help treat joint disease and tendinopathies.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to make healthcare services more accessible through telehealth, particularly for those who are at high-risk of complications from the virus.
When COVID-19 began to emerge as an urgent healthcare issue in Birmingham, UAB physicians from several specialties, including infectious diseases, internal medicine, and family and community medicine, began to discuss the idea of opening a specialized clinic for COVID-19 patients.
Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and the full complement of support staff at hospitals and clinics are battling coronavirus on the front lines. When caring for others, it's all too easy to forget to take care of yourself.
Birmingham-based Assurance Scientific Laboratories was one of the first commercial labs in the United States to receive FDA clearance to test for COVID-19.
COVID-19 has infected people in nearly every nation in the world. Italy, in particular, has been devastated, the virus overwhelming Italian hospitals where doctors were forced to triage patients.
The first COVID-19 shock to Americans happened in late February at a nursing facility in Washington state. With vulnerable populations in a communal setting, nursing homes could potentially be one of the most dangerous environments for the virus, and in fact, clusters have recently been found facilities in Louisiana, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham will take part in an NIH-sponsored global clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel therapeutic agents in hospitalized adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
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.
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