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Sen and colleagues study long-term outcomes of preventive dental care

Bisakha Sen, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, recently led an investigation into whether early or regular preventive dental visits (PDV) lessen the likelihood of needing restorative or emergency dental care and reduce costs incurred for dental care in low-income children.

Blackburn and team analyze the impact of recession on health insurance coverage for children

Justin Blackburn, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy—in collaboration with Michael A. Morrisey, PhD, professor emeritus—assessed the effect that the Great Recession from 2007–2009 had on public health insurance enrollment and disbursements in Alabama to make available a model for other states to gain a greater understanding of the link between existing macroeconomic conditions and ensuing public health insurance costs.

Huisingh, Levitan, and McGwin examine effect driving cessation has on life-space scores

In a study designed to examine the impact that ceasing to drive has on community-dwelling older adults, doctoral student Carrie Huisingh, MPH; associate professor Emily B. Levitan, ScD; and professor and vice chair Gerald McGwin, MS, PhD, in the Department of Epidemiology, assessed a diverse sample of participants in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Study of Aging.


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Brown and Allison appear on major network morning shows to discuss the effects of eating versus skipping breakfast

UAB Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) researchers recently appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America as experts in the field of obesity to address the question of whether eating breakfast aids in reducing weight.

Aissani and colleagues evaluate GWAS candidate loci for risk and growth of uterine fibroids in NIEHS-UFS

Brahim Aissani, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology recently assessed the association of 56 candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified in two published genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of uterine leiomyoma (UL), or fibroids—with other colleagues.

Brown named APHA Ethics Section Councilor

Andrew W. Brown, PhD, scientist in the Office of Energetics and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), has been elected as an Ethics Section Councilor in the American Public Health Association (APHA).


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UAB Faculty Fellows in Service-Learning Year-End Symposium

We recognize and celebrate SOPH faculty members who were inaugurated Monday the 14th, into UAB's Faculty Fellows in Service-Learning.these. These faculty members have learned the best practices of community, engaged scholarship, and have integrated community-based projects into their courses.

Defects in CFTR-knockout rats assessed by Fanucchi and team

Animal models for cystic fibrosis (CF) have contributed significantly to understanding of disease pathogenesis. In a recent study, Michelle V. Fanucchi, PhD and team—described the development and characterization of the first cystic fibrosis rat, in which the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR) was knocked out using a pair of zinc finger endonucleases (ZFN).

Maples studies stress, health, and coping strategies of veterinary support staff

Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, in conjunction with UAB alumnus Sandra Morales Foster, DrPH, conducted a mixed-method study to characterize the occupational stress, health status, and coping strategies of 104 members of the Alabama Veterinary Technician Association.


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Akinyemiju and colleagues examine socioeconomic status and incidence of breast cancer

“Recent developments in genetics and molecular biology have classified breast cancer into subtypes based on tumor markers of estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR) and human epidermal growth Factor-2 receptors (Her-2), with the basal-like (ER−, PR−, Her2−) subtype commonly referred to as ‘triple negative’ breast cancer (TNBC) being the most aggressive. Prior studies show that higher socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with increased breast cancer risk, likely due to hormone related risk factors such as low parity and hormonal contraceptive use. However, it is unclear if the relationship between SES and overall breast cancer incidence exists within each subtype, and if this association varies by race/ethnicity,” writes Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, in a recent study.

Arnett and fellow researchers look for link between fenofibrate treatment and changes in DNA methylation patterns

“Fenofibrate lowers triglycerides (TG) and raises high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLc) in dyslipidemic individuals. Several studies have shown genetic variability in lipid responses to fenofibrate treatment. It is, however, not known whether epigenetic patterns are also correlated with the changes in lipids due to fenofibrate treatment,” says Donna K. Arnett, PhD, MSPH, professor and chair in the Department of Epidemiology. Therefore, Dr. Arnett led a team to examine the changes in DNA methylation among 443 participants of the Genetics of Lipid Lowering Drugs and Diet Network (GOLDN) study.

Yun and colleagues investigate risk of hospitalized infection associated with RA patients

In a recent retrospective cohort study, a team led by Huifeng Yun, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, compared the risks of hospitalized infection associated with biologics used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


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Summer Research Experience in Ankara, Turkey for UAB Graduate Students

Proposals are now being accepted for an 8 week summer research experience open to graduate students in the Schools of Health Professions, Public Health and Nursing at UAB. Proposals and expressions of interest must be submitted to the appropriate school contacts no later than December 15, 2014.

USGA Weekly Spotlight - Jacqueline Upp and Aarin Palomares

Meet Jacqueline Upp and Aarin Palomares: USGA’s elected School of Public Health Senators. Upp and Palomares met with Dean of the School of Public Health Dr. Michael to discuss how to increase undergraduate involvement in the program, as this year marks only the second year of the undergraduate public health major.

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.



Blackburn and team measure risk of becoming long-stay nursing home resident after hip fracture

Justin L. Blackburn, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, recently measured how spending policies for home- and community-based services (HCBSs) effect a patient’s risk of becoming a long-term nursing home resident after experiencing a hip fracture. Department co-investigators are professor Julie L. Locher, PhD; professor emeritus Michael A. Morrisey, PhD; associate professor David J. Becker, PhD; and professor and chair Meredith Kilgore, PhD.

Alumna Guerard, Sen, and colleagues investigate the validity of self-reported survey responses

Using Medicare Advantage plan claims data and member survey data from 2011 to 2012, UAB alumna Barbara Guerard, DSc, MBA, senior vice president of health services for Peoples Health (Louisiana), and Bisakha Sen, PhD, UAB professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy—as well as UAB colleague S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, professor in the Department of Health Services Administration—examined the agreement between patient self-reports and the organization's administrative claims data for two significant health factors: the number of chronic conditions and the number of prescription drugs.

Xin and team evaluate influence of patients’ medical home satisfaction on healthcare use and costs

”The patient-centered medical home has emerged as an innovative healthcare delivery model that holds the conceptual promise to improve healthcare quality while reducing costs,” says Haichang Xin, PhD, research associate in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy.  Dr. Xin conducted a retrospective cohort study, in collaboration with other departmental colleagues, to determine how patients’ perception of patient-centered medical homes relate to the use of and costs for emergency department and inpatient care across the United States.


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