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New Procedure for Breast Surgeries
New Procedure for Breast Surgeries

Many surgeons may not yet be aware of a new technique for breast cancer surgery that has recently emerged. The name - Hidden Scar surgery - describes the purpose.

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Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon
Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon

Within four years, pigs could be providing kidneys to humans in need, thanks to the revolutionary Xenotransplantation Program at UAB.

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Dentists, dental hygienists, pediatricians, family practitioners and other primary care providers play an important role in the early detection of oral cavity cancers, and ... equally importantly ... in fostering prevention by providing education on key risk factors.

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New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health
New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

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.

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New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients
New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients

30 years ago, the introduction of statins proved to be a major breakthrough in cardiovascular care. The cholesterol-lowering medicines became the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history.

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Clearing Clots With AngioVacR
Clearing Clots With AngioVacR

In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.

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Managing Hypertension after SPRINT
Managing Hypertension after SPRINT

New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers.

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New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch
New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch

A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.

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Taking Pulmonary Embolism Care to the Next Level
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Ten Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death
Ten Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

An expert panel takes a fresh look at the most common mode of death and outlines 10 measures to try to flip the script.

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Delivering Quality Health Care with Compassion and Innovation
Delivering Quality Health Care with Compassion and Innovation

Brooke MD Primary Care, honored as Huntsville's Medical Practice of the Year, utilizes an innovative patient care model. In response to the shortage of primary care physicians, Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft manages three nurse practitioners who are the principal patient care providers.

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Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program
Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program

"The great thing about being part of Partnership for Patients is you have access to a lot of resources," says Vicki Britt, director of quality management at Pickens County Medical Center.

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Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety
Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety

"This will fill an unmet need in mental health," says Tom Dooley, PhD, a Birmingham researcher with 13 patents for pharmaceutical and biotech developments to his name.

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Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine

The Power of "Why?"

Primary care physicians see it almost every day. Patients come in complaining of fatigue. The exam is normal, labs raise no flags, and questions yield few if any clues.

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A wellness approach to chronic disease
A wellness approach to chronic disease

The dissonance between how human bodies evolved to live and how modern life is pushing us to live has created a plague of lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. Diabetes, hypertension, immune disorders, obesity and a whole range of diseases of lifestyle are diminishing both the length and the quality of so many lives.

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Care at a Distance
Care at a Distance

UAB First in the Nation to Use Telemedicine for Dialysis Visits

"How are you feeling today?" the doctor asks the dialysis patient.

"Everything's going good," she says.

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Addressing Childhood Obesity
Addressing Childhood Obesity

Stakeholders release report on barriers to evidence-based care for childhood obesity.

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Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba
Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River, a new short-term rehabilitation facility in Vestavia Hills.

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Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years
Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years

Anyone can have a stroke--thousands of people in the U.S. die or suffer a disabling brain injury from stroke every year. The odds of whether you will be one of them increase dramatically if you have hypertension, diabetes or smoke.

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Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium
Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium

Have you ever dreamed of walking in a fog, unsure of where you are and what those strange sights and sounds at the edge of your awareness might be? It's frightening. It's also similar to what some patients--especially those who are elderly or very ill--may experience when they are hospitalized.

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Children's Dr. Robert Russell Creates Appendicitis Algorithm
Children's Dr. Robert Russell Creates Appendicitis Algorithm

When a parent brings a child into the ER with a fever and stomachache, one possible diagnosis is appendicitis. Given the possible need for emergency surgery, it is important to quickly get an accurate diagnosis.

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Reinventing Med Ed by Adding a Third Pillar
Reinventing Med Ed by Adding a Third Pillar

Last month, leadership of the American Medical Association, in conjunction with representatives from medical schools in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, unveiled the latest innovation in the quest to improve physician training to meet the demands of practicing medicine in the 21st century.

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New Bio-inductive Implants Improve Rotator Cuff Surgery Outcomes
New Bio-inductive Implants Improve Rotator Cuff Surgery Outcomes

Rotator cuff surgery, once a subspecialty with a low public profile, has become the subject of frequent headlines for sports fans. And a new generation of technology is improving surgical outcomes as well as the recovery process. The increased visibility of rotator cuff surgery results from several factors according to Kenneth Bramlett, MD of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic of Alabama.

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Smith Performs Zero Fluoroscopy Ablation
Smith Performs Zero Fluoroscopy Ablation

There's something missing in Dr. Macy Smith's cardiac operating room these days: the use of a bulky fluoroscope, and the collection of leaded aprons needed to protect doctors, staff, and patients from the machine's continuous X-rays.

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HIFU Offers Hope for Some Prostate Cancer Patients
HIFU Offers Hope for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

One in seven men in the United States will face prostate cancer at some time in their lives, making the disease the second leading cause of cancer death in America. For some of these patients, a new minimally invasive procedure can help them avoid surgery and the side effects that may follow.

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