"If this was a prostate cancer tool, 90 percent of surgeons would be using it," says Jeffrey Nix, MD, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Urology, about blue light cystoscopy in bladder cancer surgeries.
Few people alive today remember a time when there were no antibiotics. Before penicillin arrived on the front lines of World War II, many lives and limbs were lost not on the battlefield, but in the days after when even small wounds could become lethal infections.
According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every four cancer deaths is attributed to lung cancer, making the disease the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.
The battle against brain cancer is a personal one for Christopher Jahraus MD, a radiation oncologist with Shelby Baptist Medical Center. When Jahraus was a fourth-year resident in his specialty, his father was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly malignant tumor.
Sticking to New Year's resolutions can help with a host of health concerns ... including lowering risk for many types of cancers.
Three devastating hurricanes and the threat of a cholera outbreak from contaminated water; wildfires near Gatlinburg and California wine country; outbreaks of Zika and Ebola--it all reminds us that bad things can happen anywhere.
There is an increasing concern among public health professionals over the link between social media use and an increase in anxiety and depression.
"It's potentially revolutionary," says Luciano Costa, MD, PhD, about chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy -- a newly approved gene therapy for blood cancers.
Chronic disease doesn't usually come with the drama of a new miracle drug. However, with good management, physicians can make a positive difference for these patients.
Lupus and asthma, COPD and diabetes, Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's--what do all these and so many other chronic diseases have in common? Inflammation is a characteristic part of the body environment as these disease processes develop.
As families gather the generations together for the holidays, it's a good time to reflect on the health status of the community's most senior members.
Health care law and policy occupy a prime place in the current news cycle. Much of the attention revolves around the actions or inactions of Congress and the White House, particularly with regard to their impact on the future form and function of the Affordable Care Act.
COPD is the third leading cause of death in America, yet it lags behind many other conditions in terms of research dollars and coordinated federal response ... but that seems to be changing.
With all the problems facing healthcare professionals today, perhaps the most challenging arena of all is providing primary care in rural areas. Despite those challenges, however, several Alabama physicians also tout the advantages of choosing a rural setting.
For the past 11 years, Brian Christine, MD has focused his Urology Centers of Alabama practice on men's sexual health with the Men's Sexual Health Clinic which provides treatment for patients with erectile dysfunction and other problems.
Research shows that about 75 percent of healthcare costs come from just 10 percent of the population. And almost half the people in this small group suffer social deficiencies that affect their health.
Some diseases are so rare that a primary care physician may see only one or two cases in an entire career. The problem with the math in daily practice, however, comes from the sheer number of rare diseases--more than 8,000 known so far.
Patients who are facing a chronic or terminal illness can find relief from symptoms, pain and stress through treatment provided by a palliative medicine team.
PACE programs take a holistic approach to senior care within the continuum to craft individualized plans that allow older adults to thrive within their own community.
While most nurses begin in the profession by providing bedside care, many advance their career by pursuing additional training. One option is to become a nurse practitioner.
Two major genomics projects are beginning in Alabama.
Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.
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.
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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