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
 


White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus
Title: White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST

PSA Testing Differs Among Primary Care Doctors, Urologists
Title: PSA Testing Differs Among Primary Care Doctors, Urologists
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study
Title: Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST

Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
Title: Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST

Brain Cells in Mice May Reveal Clues to Your Sighs
Title: Brain Cells in Mice May Reveal Clues to Your Sighs
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST

Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?
Title: Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?
Category: Health News
Created: 2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:00 am CST


Rennova Health Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Committee - Business Wire (press release)

Rennova Health Announces Formation of Scientific Advisory Committee
Business Wire (press release)
BUSINESS WIRE)--Rennova Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNVA) (NASDAQ:RNVAW), which owns and operates a diverse family of healthcare companies, announces the formation of a Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee, which ... Dr. Lundberg holds earned and ...

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Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:32 pm CST

Blake Fitzgerald's brother: 'I love you for the man you were, I forgive you for the man you became' - AL.com

Blake Fitzgerald's brother: 'I love you for the man you were, I forgive you for the man you became'
AL.com
Family members of Blake Fitzgerald, who died in a hail of police gunfire early Friday following a multi-state crime spree that included four kidnappings in just six days, took to social media to remember him as a loving brother and son. His brother ...

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Posted Monday, February 8, 2016 3:02 am CST

UofL medical chair named to US Preventive Services Task Force - The Lane Report

The Lane Report

UofL medical chair named to US Preventive Services Task Force
The Lane Report
“We are confident that her experience in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology and her dedication to prevention and evidence-based medicine will serve the task force, health care professionals, patients and the nation well.” In addition to ...

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Posted Monday, February 8, 2016 8:06 am CST