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2009-05-11 13:29:00

Led by Dr. Derek Eggert, Southern Research will now begin developing approaches to remediate problematic constituents contained in commercial and industrial effluents BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research Institute today announced that it is adding a new research capability focusing on the remediation of problematic constituents in water and wastewater sources. Environmental toxicologist Derek Eggert, Ph.D. will lead the new program that is located on...

2009-05-07 09:47:05

Contact lenses are great for sight, but do they have an impact on general eye health? Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry are working to answer that question by analyzing tears. Biological changes in the eye can be measured through minor fluctuations in the level of inflammatory proteins called cytokines, which are present in the tear film. Cytokines are strong indicators of overall eye health, especially in contact wearers. For the UAB study,...

2009-02-24 12:54:56

That first "mini-stroke" may be more of a benign event for women than men, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Yale University. The findings underscore the need to continue researching gender differences in disease prevention and follow-up care. Data show 30 days after a transient ischemic attack (TIA), women are 30 percent less likely to have a stroke, 14 percent less likely to have heart-related problems and 26 percent less likely to die than men of...

2009-02-03 15:05:11

Exposure to second-hand smoke and alcohol significantly raises the risk of liver disease, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).The finding adds to mounting evidence that tobacco smoke and alcohol are worse for health as a combination, beyond the individual exposure risks, said Shannon Bailey, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Environmental Health Sciences and a co-lead author on the study.The study is published in the journal Free...

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2009-01-27 08:56:56

Sergi Vaquer, Doctor of Medicine from the UAB, and Arnau Rabadán, an industrial engineering student from the UPC, together with three teams from Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, will participate in the ESA "Fly your Thesis!" program, an opportunity for PhD and master's degree students from across Europe to design, build, and carry out a scientific experiment in microgravity. In the final phase of the competition there were 16 research teams from different European universities who...

2009-01-08 17:43:58

Southerners die from stroke more than in any other U.S. region, but exactly why that happens is unknown. A new report by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Vermont underscores that geographic and racial differences are not the sole reasons behind the South's higher stroke death rate.The data is from UAB's Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, which has enrolled more than 30,200 U.S. participants. The study...

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2009-01-08 13:20:00

Cesarean births that occur too early may increase infants' risk of future health complications, researchers warned on Wednesday. The normal length of human gestation is 39 or 40 weeks, however doctors found that more than half of all C-section births are done by choice and one third (36 percent) are performed too early. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) claim that C-section operations are safe at 39 weeks, but many deliveries are being performed as early as 37...

2008-12-29 13:28:03

Obese and non-obese patients have same overall survival Obesity affects health in several ways, but new research shows obesity can have minimal impact on ovarian cancer survival. A study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center found ovarian cancer survival rates are the same for obese and non-obese women if their chemotherapy doses are closely matched to individual weight. The findings contradict earlier research that shows obese women have...

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2008-11-11 06:15:00

A new study in the November issue of the journal Appetite finds that obese women display significantly weaker impulse control than normal-weight women, but between obese and normal-weight men, the impulsivity levels are nearly the same. The study was conducted by researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Psychology. UAB researchers conducted the study to see how obese and normal-weight men and women differed in their decision-making skills, specifically in...

2008-08-29 03:00:20

By Howard, J Harrison Tzeng, Ching-Wei D; Smith, J Kevin; Eckhoff, Devon E; Bynon, J Steve; Wang, Thomas; Arnoletti, J Pablo; Heslin, Martin J Surgical resection of primary or metastatic tumors of the liver offers patients the best long-term survival. Liver resections may not be appropriate in patients with bilobar metastases, liver dysfunction, or severe comorbidities. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a technique used to destroy unresectable hepatic tumors through thermocoagulation. We...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.