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Improved Sightlines
Improved Sightlines

In mid-December, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced approval of Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), the first directly administered gene therapy approved in the U.S. to target a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene ... in this case, a rare form of inherited vision loss.

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Cell Senesence
Cell Senesence

"Nature was good at selecting for traits that helped us survive from infancy to reproductive age. After that, it didn't concern itself much with helping to develop genes to stay healthy and live a long life," Steven N. Austad, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biology at UAB, said.

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Metabolism, Aging and Longevity
Metabolism, Aging and Longevity

At the most basic level, life is energy. Within each cell, the transformation of nutrients and oxygen powers the processes, activity and thoughts that make us living beings.

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The Impact of Behavior on Health Status, Longevity in the Southeast
The Impact of Behavior on Health Status, Longevity in the Southeast

United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Rankings® report explores state rankings on 35 health measures. How did Alabama fare?

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Virtual Care in Alabama Now Available 24/7
Virtual Care in Alabama Now Available 24/7

Without moving an inch, anyone in Alabama can now use their phone, computer or tablet to connect virtually to a physician or nurse practitioner in minutes any time of day or night through St. Vincent's OnDemand service for a nominal fee of $35.

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Social Media: A Public Health Threat?
Social Media: A Public Health Threat?

There is an increasing concern among public health professionals over the link between social media use and an increase in anxiety and depression.

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Responding To Disaster
Responding To Disaster

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.

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Reducing Risk by Rethinking Weight
Reducing Risk by Rethinking Weight

Sticking to New Year's resolutions can help with a host of health concerns ... including lowering risk for many types of cancers.

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New Treatment Lengthens Survival in Glioblastoma Patients
New Treatment Lengthens Survival in Glioblastoma Patients

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.

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Low-Dose CT Scans Help Decrease Lung Cancer Mortality
Low-Dose CT Scans Help Decrease Lung Cancer Mortality

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.

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First Approved Gene Therapy Fights Hematologic Cancer
First Approved Gene Therapy Fights Hematologic Cancer

"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.

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A World without Antibiotics
A World without Antibiotics

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.

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UAB Engages Blue Light Imaging in Bladder Cancer
UAB Engages Blue Light Imaging in Bladder Cancer

"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.

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Urology Clinics Focus on Men's Hormonal and Sexual Health
Urology Clinics Focus on Men's Hormonal and Sexual Health

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.

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Rural Healthcare Presents Unique Challenges and Rewards
Rural Healthcare Presents Unique Challenges and Rewards

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.

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New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families
New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families

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.

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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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