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Dr. Shrestha and team determine whether copy numbers of Fc gamma receptor genes influenced treatment response for Kawasaki disease

Kawasaki disease (KD)—the leading cause of acquired cardiovascular disease among children in developed countries, including the United States—as well as response to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy and associated coronary artery disease progression have been associated with genetic polymorphisms in Fc gamma receptor (FcγR) genes.

Judd and team research association between dietary patterns and incident stroke in Black Americans

Black Americans and residents of the Southeastern United States are known to be at increased risk of stroke. Suzanne E. Judd, PhD, along with other colleagues—investigated diet as one of many potential factors that might explain racial and regional disparities.

Dr. Menachemi and team study overreaching conclusions reported in the literature

Scientific authors who overreach in the obesity and nutrition literature in presenting results can potentially, albeit unintentionally, distort the state of knowledge and inappropriately influence clinicians, decision makers, the media, and the public, Professor Nir Menachemi, PhD, along with department colleagues set out to determine the extent to which such statements are reported as well as whether journal, author, or study characteristics are associated with this practice.

Birmingham councilwoman in Boston speaking at national public health summit

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham Councilwoman Sheila Tyson is in Boston as a speaker at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting. The conference brings together thousands of national and international doctors and health professionals annually.

Boehme and team investigate barriers to HIV care retention among pregnant and postpartum women

Declines in HIV care and treatment adherence among HIV-infected women during pregnancy to the postpartum period have significant implications for the clinical outcomes and overall well-being of HIV-infected women, especially due to immunosuppression during the postpartum period.

Effectiveness of run-in period in randomized controlled trials examined by Dr. Affuso and team

Few past studies have assessed characteristics that inform the optimal design of obesity randomized controlled trials (RCTs), such as a pre-randomization run-in period (during which no treatment is administered).

Preskitt honored with Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum

Julie K. Preskitt, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, has won the 2013 Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum for her submission “Fundamentals II: Application of Essential MCH Skills.”
 

UAB Team Investigates Possible Link Between Duration of Sleep and Incidence of Breast Cancer

Emily Vogtmann, PhD, who recently graduated from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Assistant Professor Emily B. Levitan, ScD, in the Department of Epidemiology; and colleagues Professor James M. Shikany, DrPH, and Professor Cora E. Lewis, MD, in the Division of Preventive Medicine, recently conducted a prospective cohort study to determine whether the duration of sleep, sleep quality, insomnia, or sleep disturbance was associated with incident breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) conducted in the United States.

Meredith Kilgore and team evaluate reasons for healthcare expenditures before and after fracture

Meredith L. Kilgore, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy—as well as department colleagues Associate Professor David J. Becker, PhD, and Professor Michael A. Morrisey, PhD, along with Professor Elizabeth S. Delzell, MSPH, SD, and Statistician II Tarun Arora, MS, of the Department of Epidemiology—assessed explanations of healthcare expenditures before and after the occurrence of fractures among Medicare beneficiaries.

SOPH faculty member is editor of new reproductive health book

Andrzej Kulczycki, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, is editor of the new Critical Issues in Reproductive Health book. Kulczycki wrote four of the 15 chapters in the book.
 

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