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2009-09-22 07:29:10

Inability to handle financial transactions or manage money may be an early indicator that a person with mild memory problems soon is likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Alzheimer's Disease Center, part of the Department of Neurology. The findings, published in the Sept. 22 edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, examined patients with a condition known as mild cognitive...

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2009-09-09 13:37:04

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved Nick Saban's contract extension that will pay the football coach a whopping $42 million through 2017. If he sticks around to collect all his longevity bonuses, Saban will average at least $4.7 million a season, ESPN reported Wednesday. The contract makes Saban the highest-paid coach in college football. The sports network says Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, worked in salary escalators that will protect Saban if other coaches start signing...

2009-09-09 14:18:48

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that the cost of preventive antibiotic tuberculosis (TB) therapy for patients infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is generally less expensive than the reported cost of treating newly confirmed TB cases. The study, published in The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease this summer, relied on treatment-cost estimates from previous research studies and data collected by members of the study's research...

2009-09-05 08:00:00

ATLANTA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aaron's, Inc., the nation's leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and the University of Alabama today announced a three-year partnership giving Aaron's premier exposure at Alabama's three largest athletic venues: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum and Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Aaron's logo will be predominantly displayed over...

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2009-09-01 16:25:00

Economical hydrogen-based vehicles could result from rechargeable "Ëœchemical fuel tank'A new method for "recycling" hydrogen-containing fuel materials could open the door to economically viable hydrogen-based vehicles.In an article appearing today in Angewandte Chemie, Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Alabama researchers working within the U.S. Department of Energy's Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence describe a significant advance in hydrogen storage...

2009-09-01 15:46:10

Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick was in good condition Tuesday, recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in an attempted robbery. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said in a statement his concern was for his senior player's health, not whether he would be able to play Saturday against Virginia Tech, ESPN reported. We feel very fortunate that Brandon is doing well and that this is not a more serious situation, Saban said. We are hopeful that his condition will continue to improve as we...

2009-08-30 11:43:40

Alabama football coach Nick Saban has agreed to a contract extension through the 2017 season, Athletic Director Mal Moore announced. The former coach of the Miami Dolphins signed an eight-year deal in 2007 when he took the Crimson Tide job. The extension must be approved by the board of trustees. Coach Saban has impressively led the Alabama football program back to national prominence in a short period of time, Moore said on the school's Web site Saturday. This contract extension is a clear...

2009-08-27 07:38:00

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, and The University of Alabama department of transportation services will announce the launch of Zipcar's car-sharing program on the UA campus today. The first car sharing program in the state of Alabama, the service will help the University reduce demand for parking and associated congestion while offering students a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car....

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2009-08-21 12:20:00

A new study suggests that a lack of sunshine may cloud memory and other thinking or "cognitive" functions in some people with depression, Reuters reported. Experts have often cited the association between sunlight exposure and mood. One such example is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a depression where symptoms shift with the seasons, usually arising in the late fall and winter and improving in sunnier months. Researchers are now attempting to find out whether sunshine can affect...

2009-08-11 16:28:01

Most older drivers are unaware of the potential impact on driving performance associated with taking medications, according to new research from the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The findings, released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, indicate that 95 percent of those age 55 and older have one or more medical conditions, 78 percent take one or more medications, and only 28 percent have an awareness of the risks those medications...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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