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.
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.
Stakeholders release report on barriers to evidence-based care for childhood obesity.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using the Body's Own Defenses to Fight Cancer
This summer the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago named immunotherapy its Advance of the Year for 2016. This approach to treatment is being called possibly an even greater breakthrough than chemotherapy.
A professor in the UAB School of Health Professions and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Barbara Gower, PhD, serves as director of the metabolism core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and is a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Many of us experience leg discomfort, especially at the end of the day. However, there are a number of symptoms that can point to the possibility that someone has chronic venous insufficiency: heaviness, aching, swelling throbbing, itching, and/or cramping in your legs.
With the launch of trials.cancer.gov, the National Cancer Institute hopes that making clinical trial information more user-friendly will result in greater awareness and participation in clinical trials to move the science forward faster.
There's one provision of the Affordable Care Act that hasn't gotten much attention outside the industry, but it's a significant one: providers face financial penalties when a patient is readmitted more than 30 days after treatment.
With the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of a provider should be preventable, behavioral health specialists have set a goal that is both audacious and aspirational.
More than half of men 50 years of age and older, and up to 90 percent of men over 80 are affected by symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH, or enlarged prostate, which can significantly impact quality of life.
During a man's lifetime, odds are one in seven that he be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If it's a slower growing form detected in later years, he may live out a normal life span and die with it, but not from it.
A wave of excitement swept through medical science in 2003 when the first sequencing of the human genome was completed. News stories were full of enthusiastic predictions of a revolution in health care.
For patients with advanced stage cancer, time is life.
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has joined 13 of the nation's top cancer research centers in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN), a collaboration to accelerate clinical development and discovery of treatments for advanced-stage cancers.
Almost half of women in the United States suffer from symptoms of declining estrogen, including the uncomfortable condition of vaginal atrophy. The atrophy causes thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls which leads to painful intercourse and problems with urination.
The landmark Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) began in October 2004 with a goal of finding more sensitive and accurate methods to detect Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the early stages and to track progression by identifying and monitoring biomarkers. Last month, the NIH's National Institute on Aging announced an award of approximately $40 million over the next five years to launch ADNI3.
For most physicians, difficult conversations come with the territory.
After the initial shock of hearing a serious diagnosis and absorbing what the prognosis could mean, the next question patients often ask is why. Why me? Why now?
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