UAB Med Cast

UAB Med Cast

The official podcast of UAB Medicine, moving medicine forward.


February 26, 2024

The Birmingham region grew around heavy industry, including coal mining and steel production. These industries, which still employ thousands today, can pose hazards to workers’ health and others in the community. The UAB Environmental Lung Disease Clinic provi...

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Over one million people in the U.S. grapple with HIV. Although life expectancy has increased, end-stage organ diseases have a relatively high mortality rate for these patients. Learn about HIV-to-HIV kidney transplants from Shikha Mehta, M.D., direct...

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While nonpulsatile tinnitus (constant buzzing sound) is a common condition many people learn to live with, pulsatile tinnitus (sound that occurs with each heartbeat) may indicate dangerous otological or vascular conditions. Erika ...

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Around 15% of people in the U.S. have a form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is often related to diabetes and hypertension. Claretha Lyas, M.D., a nephrologist, discusses the interdisciplinary approach to treating CKD alon...

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Many women who have typical symptoms of coronary artery disease actually have coronary microvascular disease (MVD). Gretchen Wells, M.D., a cardiologist, explains why it is important for physicians to proceed with tests for MVD when cardiac catheterizat...

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November 13, 2023

Only 60% of age-eligible adults are up to date on their colorectal cancer screenings. Drew Gunnells, Jr., M.D., and Shajan Peter, M.D., discuss why the colonoscopy is still their preferred first-line screening and polyp removal method, while newer at-home screening ...

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can occur in women who have neither obesity nor insulin resistance – two conditions that are often used as clues. William Hurd, M.D., a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, explains th...

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As the prevalence of diabetes increases, so does the variety of treatment and management tools available to endocrinologists. Alexandra Dodd, M.D., an endocrinologist, discusses advancements including continuous glucose monitoring, new types of lon...

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October 16, 2023

Although strokes are complex events involving both the brain and heart, diagnosis and treatment of potential strokes is not always managed by brain and heart doctors working together. Because of this, patients may be having unnecessary procedures and risking future health ev...

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Brain health can be maintained with many of the same lifestyle behaviors doctors recommend as being heart-healthy. Ronald Lazar, M.D., a neuropsychologist, explains that brain health has a pathological and a pragmatic component, and it is ultimately individualized. He...

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Diabetes care is changing rapidly with technological advancements such as continuous glucose monitoring, patch insulin pumps, and doctors’ ability to monitor patient data remotely. Ananda Basu, MD, endocrinologist and director of the UAB Diabetes Technology Prog...

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September 21, 2023

Molecular diagnostics teams help physicians implement precision medicine that results in better outcomes for patients with a variety of conditions. Craig Mackinnon, M.D., director of the Division of Genomics Diagnostics and Bioinformatics, discusses how molecular patholog...

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Prognoses for oropharyngeal cancers have improved dramatically over the past 20 years, reflecting physicians’ better understanding of the role of HPV in driving most of these cancers. Andrew Fuson, M.D., and Hari Jeyarajan, M.D, ex...

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Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common life-threatening blood clot that may be encountered across many specialties, and especially in emergency departments, making standardized response and treatment a challenge. Sam McElwee, M.D., a cardiologist, discusses h...

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Sarcoidosis is a rare autoimmune disease that can cause different symptoms in different people, including joint pain, coughing, skin rashes, and shortness of breath. Joseph Barney, M.D., a pulmonologist, explains the individualized path that diagnosis and t...

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Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) diagnoses are increasing along with the number food allergy cases in general. Amy CaJacob, M.D., and James Callaway, M.D., discuss recent advances in treating this complex, chronic condition...

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Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis, but it is often seen as a nuisance rather than a serious condition. Angleo Gaffo, M.D., a rheumatologist, discusses the progression of unmanaged gout and the path to better treatment. Learn about how Dr. ...

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Around 30 million people suffer from low back pain, which can have complex causes. Interventional radiologists Jesse Jones, M.D., and Junjian Huang, M.D., discuss basivertebral nerve (BVN) ablation, a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate axial low back pain. L...

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obstructive-sleep-apneaThe CPAP machine is a reliable standard of care solution for obstructive sleep apnea, but around half of patients are not able to use the device successfully. Brian Kinard, M.D., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and Kirk Withrow, M.D., director of saliva and sleep sur...
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hold-your-horses-equestrian-helmet-facts-fiction-future-researchEquestrian sports may not be thought of as high-contact in the same way that football is, but they result in around 40% of sport-related head injuries. Sara Gould, M.D., a sports medicine physician, and Kevin Schrum, Ph.D., a res...
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