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True or False: High blood pressure drugs add to COVID-19 complications or risk.

False. The American Heart Association recommends that patients who take certain high blood pressure medications, called ACE inhibitors or ARBs, and who contract COVID-19 should continue treatment...

Are facial coverings other than traditional masks (gaiters, bandanas, etc.) effective?

Wearing a face covering helps prevent the spread of infectious respiratory droplets from one person to another. Cloth masks reduce the spread of droplets when the mask completely covers the nose...

Does a PM 2.5 filter help with coronavirus?

Cloth masks made of two layers of heavyweight cotton, especially those with a thicker and tighter weave, have been shown to be helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets if worn...

Is it safe to wear a mask while participating in low-impact exercise indoors?

The CDC recommends using face coverings when exercise type and intensity allows. This includes wearing a face covering when walking on an indoor track, stretching, or when practicing low-intensity...

Does the flu vaccine interfere with the body's ability to fight off coronavirus?

The seasonal influenza vaccine will not interfere with the body’s ability to fight off COVID-19. Both the SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses will be circulating in our communities this fall and...

If UV rays can kill viruses, is wearing sunblock a bad idea during the coronavirus pandemic?

There are three types of UV light that come from the sun: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C, with almost all the UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface being UV-A or UV-B. UV-C is what can act as a...

Trusting our Twin Daughters to UAB Was the Right Choice

When we found out we were expecting twins, we were nervous about the usual things you expect when you first hear the word “twins”: twice the feedings, twice the diapers, and twice the sleepless...

The 20/20 Initiative: Bringing Clarity to Your Vision

At UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, we are focused on delivering innovative eye care and pioneering breakthroughs in the...

Important Information for UAB Patients

Dear UAB Medicine Patients and Family Members,

You have always trusted us with your care, so rest assured that UAB Medicine will continue providing essential medical services throughout...

Remember to Protect Your Eyes During UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety month, and UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics wants to remind you that your skin isn’t the only area you need to protect from UV rays – don’t forget about your eyes....

7 Things Your Cardiologist Wishes You Knew

For Heart Month, we polled a team of cardiologists at UAB Medicine and asked them what words of wisdom they had to share when it comes to heart health.  We've all heard the cold,...

Nine Signs that Children May Need an Eye Exam

Whether your child will attend school virtually or in person this year, we all have back-to-school shopping lists. Your list might include school supplies, new clothes, and even a haircut, but does...

Hogan Knox, MD, joins UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics

Hogan Knox, MD, joined the clinical faculty at Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics. As an assistant professor and ophthalmologist with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of...

Dr. Callahan Selected as Member of Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame

Michael Callahan, MD, a professor with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was selected as a member of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. Dr....

Wearable Devices are Convenient for Monitoring Heart Rhythms

Thanks to advances in wearable health-tracking devices, people can monitor their heart rhythms much easier now. Commercially available heart monitors may provide early detection of irregularities,...

Thirty Years After ADA, There’s Still Work to Be Done

“Freedom possesses many meanings. It speaks not merely in terms of political and religious liberty but also in terms of economic and social progress.” –Robert Kennedy

July 26 will...