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Moore and colleagues examine the epidemiology of firework-related injuries among youths

Justin X. Moore, MPH, doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology—along with department colleagues professor and vice chair Gerald McGwin, Jr., PhD, and assistant professor Russell L. Griffin, PhD—recently examined the epidemiology of firework-related injuries among an emergency department (ED) nationally representative population for the years 2000-2010, including whether the type of firework causing the injury is differential by patient demographics and whether the severity of injury is associated with the firework type.

Bromfield and McGwin assess age of driver as factor in injury risk among child passengers

Samantha G. Bromfield, graduate research assistant, and Gerald McGwin, Jr., PhD, professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology, explored the relationship between injury risk among child occupants involved in motor vehicle collisions and the age of the vehicle driver.
 

Allison honored for his work in aging

Distinguished Professor David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for Science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the The Gerontological Society of America in the Biological Sciences Section.

Allison is one of 61 exemplary professionals named as the newest fellows of the GSA, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

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BST News

Allison honored for his work in aging

Distinguished Professor David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for Science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the The Gerontological Society of America in the Biological Sciences Section.

Allison is one of 61 exemplary professionals named as the newest fellows of the GSA, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

UAB Examines Common Beliefs in Obesity Research

Obesity is a topic about which many views are strongly held, even in the absence of scientific evidence to support those views—indeed, some views are strongly held despite evidence to the contrary. Referring to the former as "presumptions" and the latter as "myths."

Dr. Bertha Hidalgo featured as Style Icon in B-Metro

"Beauty, brains, and killer style: Dr. Bertha Hidalgo is a triple threat. Embodying her blog title, Chic in Academia, this Southern California transplant is indeed just that. The stylish lady—who is a graduate of  the UAB School of Public Health (Ph.D in Epidemiology)—is currently finishing up a post-doctoral fellowship in statistical genetics and epigenetics and looking forward to a career in academia."

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EHS News

Gohlke wins new investigator award for research into birth defects

Julia Gohlke, Ph.D., was named the 2014 recipient of the F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award from The Teratology Society, which promotes cutting-edge research on birth defects and other developmental disorders.

Maples earns AIHA John Palassis Memorial Award

Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and deputy director of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, was recently honored at the AIHce 2014 conference with the John Palassis Memorial Award, which is named for a former American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) member who produced significant impact in the field of industrial hygiene through worker training, outreach to small businesses, and the development of consistent and comprehensive safety and health program standards.
 

Doke and Gohlke investigate health risks linked to fish consumption in Ghana

Fish is an important source of nutrition in the West Africa nation of Ghana, little is known about the possible health effects associated with metal concentrations found in fish. Therefore, PhD candidate Dzigbodi Adzo Doke, MS, and assistant professor Julia M. Gohlke, PhD, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, aimed to estimate metal concentrations in fishery resources so as to inform guidelines on fish consumption in the country.

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EPI News

Moore and colleagues examine the epidemiology of firework-related injuries among youths

Justin X. Moore, MPH, doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology—along with department colleagues professor and vice chair Gerald McGwin, Jr., PhD, and assistant professor Russell L. Griffin, PhD—recently examined the epidemiology of firework-related injuries among an emergency department (ED) nationally representative population for the years 2000-2010, including whether the type of firework causing the injury is differential by patient demographics and whether the severity of injury is associated with the firework type.

Bromfield and McGwin assess age of driver as factor in injury risk among child passengers

Samantha G. Bromfield, graduate research assistant, and Gerald McGwin, Jr., PhD, professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology, explored the relationship between injury risk among child occupants involved in motor vehicle collisions and the age of the vehicle driver.
 

Dr. Bertha Hidalgo featured as Style Icon in B-Metro

"Beauty, brains, and killer style: Dr. Bertha Hidalgo is a triple threat. Embodying her blog title, Chic in Academia, this Southern California transplant is indeed just that. The stylish lady—who is a graduate of  the UAB School of Public Health (Ph.D in Epidemiology)—is currently finishing up a post-doctoral fellowship in statistical genetics and epigenetics and looking forward to a career in academia."

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HB News

Dhurandhar and team discover that eating or skipping breakfast has no impact on weight loss

In observational studies, breakfast is associated with lower body weight; therefore, public health authorities commonly recommend breakfast consumption to reduce obesity. The effectiveness of adopting these recommendations for reducing body weight is unknown, so Emily J. Dhurandhar, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, tested the relative effectiveness of a recommendation to eat or skip breakfast on weight loss in adults trying to lose weight in a free-living setting.

No evidence eating breakfast promotes weight-loss

Nutritionists regularly suggest you eat breakfast each morning for its health benefits, including weight-loss and maintenance. But new research led by UAB shows that — whether you regularly consume it or skip it altogether — weight-loss is not influenced.

Three professors awarded emeritus rank

Connie L. Kohler, Dr.P.H., was named professor emerita in the UAB Department of Health Behavior. Her research spanned several health fields,including asthma, tobacco-use cessation and diabetes.

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HCOP News

Tajeu and Menachemi investigate association between hospital quality and patient satisfaction

Hospital incentive payments are increasingly becoming tied to quality. However, the U.S. health care system continues to face rising health care costs and scarce workforce resources, making improving quality a challenge. Patient satisfaction and process quality are two areas of quality tied to reimbursement—and are associated with positive health outcomes.

Pair of new studies aims to improve maternal and child health in Kenya

HIV has been transformed into a chronic, manageable disease for most people living with HIV in the United States, where mother-to-child transmission of HIV is now a rare occurrence. But in sub-Saharan Africa, new HIV infections in children, and maternal deaths due to HIV, are still major problems. Two new studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham aim to change that.

Recent public health graduate receives national dissertation award

Alva Ferdinand, Dr.P.H., who earned her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in December 2013 and immediately landed a tenure-track position at Texas A&M University, has received the AcademyHealth 2014 “Outstanding Dissertation Award.”

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