For centuries, people with Sickle Cell Disease have suffered the excruciating pain of a crisis.
As a cardiologist, I have become accustomed to diagnosing and treating patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), seeing their leg edema, prescribing lasix, doing an evaluation en route to hopefully watching their recovery.
Starting November 1, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa will change their hospitalist care to coincide with their sister hospital Northport Medical Center, whose changeover began October 1. Both facilities will now be served by Capstone Health Services Foundation and IN Compass Health.
Physicians at Princeton Medical Center have repurposed a therapy that has been used for years to support oxygen levels in patients with severe lung disease.
Recent studies have found that up to 28 percent of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
"We're thrilled. I knew we had good quality outcomes and I knew this was something we focused on, but I had no idea how well we stacked up against other hospitals in the nation," says Jesanna Cooper, MD, OBGYN and chair of the Women and Infants Department at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.
"It's a big deal to be able to have this option," says David Whitley, MD, vascular surgeon at The Vascular Institute of Birmingham, and the first in the region to perform percutaneous creation of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in a patient using the Ellipsys device made by Avenu Medical.
Merry Lynn Mann, MD, who practices reproductive medicine at ART Fertility Program, is uniquely credentialed with a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility combined with board certification in genetics.
Approximately 30 percent of the three million people in metro Birmingham have pre-diabetes, a condition that can progress to Type 2 diabetes without treatment.
For the past decade, Steven M. Rowe, MD, director of the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and a professor of medicine at UAB, has been partnering with his collaborator at Harvard to develop a new, minimally invasive tool that enables physicians to view nasal airways at a cellular level.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is continuing to enroll patients in the All of Us Research Program, a national program spearheaded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal is to enroll a million patients nationwide.
Essential tremor is a progressive neurological disease that affects about 10 million people in the United States. There is no known cause for the disease, but now there is an improved, non-invasive treatment option using the new Varian Edge® radiosurgery system, a novel delivery method using a so-called "virtual cone."
The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently acquired a new da Vinci SP® Single Port Surgical System, approved by the FDA for urological procedures. UAB is the only institution in Alabama and one of only two in the southeast with this innovative, state-of-the-art technology.
"It's not just a weight loss clinic," says Liliya Slutsker, MD, about her practice in Trussville. "I want to treat obesity." Opened a year ago, Carrington Medical Spa and Weight Loss Clinic approaches the treatment of obesity with an in-depth, medical approach.
O'Neal Industries have given the largest single gift in UAB history -- a $30 million donation to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Local emergency rooms are becoming front and center in what health care providers are calling a mental health crisis for children and adolescents.
Looking forward to living longer is one of the great things about life in the age of modern medicine. However, most of us probably hope to look younger longer too.
In an instant on a slippery interstate, the face you expect to see in the mirror every morning could change.
Heart disease doesn't play fair. Lifelong smokers who never exercise may live well into their 80s on fast food, while vegetarian joggers can die suddenly when their hearts give out.
A novel drug, Probuphine, was approved last year by the FDA as the first and only buprenorphine implant to treat opioid dependence. Probuphine implants, placed in the arm, give up to six months of continuous release of a low-dose buprenorphine that helps prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
With the increased popularity of extreme conditioning programs (ECPs), a group of Birmingham physicians noticed an increase in the rate of injury among participants of these programs.
Can stem cells mend a broken heart? Which approach to managing carotid stenosis is the best option to help which patients avoid a stroke?
A new UAB Women's Heart Health Clinic has opened at The Kirklin Clinic to address the concerns of women who face cardiac issues. Directed by UAB Cardiologist Salpy Pamboukian, MD, MSPH, the clinic will evaluate and manage women with an array of cardiac issues, while attending to treatment specifics that are more germane to women.
"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and MR3 Network Coordinating Center at UAB.
Every year, approximately 8,500 people die waiting for a new liver because their miracle didn't come in time. There simply aren't enough donor organs to save everyone. Promising research into transplants from living donors and animals may offer hope in the future--but all too many patients just don't have the time to wait.
Synergy Labs has just released new diagnostic software that helps physicians efficiently assess a patient's status in relation to psychological disorders, substance abuse risk, and pain levels. This digital tool, called Clarity, pools results from patient self-assessment tests and lab tests into a single screen to allow physicians an overall view for better evaluating diagnostic and treatment avenues.
Not so long ago, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer was a virtual death sentence for all but a few lucky women. With the advent of platinum-based chemotherapy, five-year survival rates are now approaching 50 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of those diagnosed early are surviving.
Five to ten percent of mild asthmatics will have a reaction to the most common and age-old remedy for inflammation—aspirin. In severe asthma patients, that amount more than doubles, reaching up to 25 percent.
If we could turn back time; if, before the ragged cough developed, before symptoms were recognized too late, if we could detect this lethal killer in its early, much more curable stage, many of the people who will die this year from lung cancer probably would have lived.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
This year, more than 40,000 Americans will learn they are dying of a disease they have probably never heard of. It kills as many Americans as breast cancer, and trends indicate it will soon be killing more.
Children’s Heart Program Brings Young Patients New Possibilities
When children are born, the future stretches before them, full of infinite possibilities. Perhaps she will grow up to pilot a mission to Mars, or he will be a marine biologist venturing into unexplored worlds beneath the sea.
The War Within
If you’ve ever experienced the infernal itch of poison oak or sneezed your way through hay fever season, you know allergies can make life miserable.
Pediatric Plastic Surgeons Reshape Lives
When you think of plastic surgery, nips and tucks to hide the sags and wrinkles of aging faces may be the first thought that comes to mind.
New Modes Of Treatment Save Pain, Legs And Lives
Leg veins are incredible, gravity-defying structures. With every step, as the calf contracts, these hard-working vascular conduits return blood from the lower body to the heart.
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