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Drew Ferguson
June 20, 2024

UAB transplant patient Drew Ferguson reflects on a life in sports medicine

Drew Ferguson, whose distinguished career in sports medicine at UAB and Children’s of Alabama spans over 40 years, understands the pursuit of excellence in health care. He has witnessed and been part of many care and safety advances for athletes, but he’s also benefitted personally from the progress of medical science. He’s received two kidney transplants at the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute that, in his words, have been a major part of his good fortune in life.
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doctor checking a patients blood pressure
June 13, 2024

UAB introduces new treatment for uncontrolled hypertension patients

Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cardiovascular Institute are offering a new treatment for patients with uncontrolled hypertension who have not had success lowering their blood pressure with the use of medications. The new treatment involves renal denervation — a minimally invasive procedure that targets nerves near the kidneys that can become overactive and cause high blood pressure.
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women at doctor for pelvic organ prolapse
June 12, 2024

UAB Urogynecology patient enjoys normal life again after prolapse surgery

UAB Medicine patient Malinda Upchurch experienced years of symptoms and inconvenience caused by pelvic organ prolapse, a condition caused by a weakening of tissue and muscles in the pelvic floor. About 40% of women are affected by some form of it.
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Amanda and Adam Chapman hugging
June 10, 2024

Amanda and Adam Chapman: a love story with a twist

Amanda knew that Adam had Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that causes the body to make antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys. “When I turned 18, Adam got really sick and was in and out of the hospital a lot,” Amanda recalled. “Ultimately, we were told that he needed a kidney transplant.”
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TBI Patient Christy Moore with UAB care team
June 7, 2024

Student with traumatic brain injury faces recovery with positivity

With help from her care team at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center, Christy Moore is recovering from a traumatic brain injury caused by a gunshot wound. Despite it turning her life upside down, this senior at Central High School in Phenix City, Ala., approaches her recovery with a positive attitude.
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DAISY Award winner Peyton Shirley, RN, with UAB Medicine CNO Terri Poe
June 5, 2024

DAISY winner: Peyton Shirley, RN

We are pleased to announce the most recent UAB Medicine DAISY Award, recognizing the extraordinary care and compassion that nurses provide for patients and families every day. Submissions and stories are reviewed each month, and the winner is surprised at a special ceremony. You can submit a DAISY nurse nomination using this online form. Click […]
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Floyd Lawson and Andrew Edwards, M.D.
June 5, 2024

CPR and AED save life of gym regular with help from UAB physician

For Floyd Lawson, it started off as a normal weekend workout at his local YMCA branch. A veteran, husband, grandfather and gym regular, Lawson usually spends two hours or so at the gym doing cardio, stretching, lifting weights and then a visit to the steam room. To say he is active and in good health is an understatement.
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young girl on Ipad
June 4, 2024

How to protect your children’s eye health from the risks of too much screen time

In today’s digital age, children’s eyes are seemingly glued to iPads, tablets and other digital devices. Although this may be the new “normal,” eye care providers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham worry about the long-term effects on children’s eyes.
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Transplant Games Birmingham 2024 logo
May 28, 2024

Take part in Transplant Games of America activities this summer

Join UAB Medicine and the Transplant Life Foundation in welcoming thousands from the organ transplantation community to an exciting celebration of life this summer. The Transplant Games of America (TGA) are coming to Birmingham July 5-10, and UAB Medicine is the presenting medical partner of the Games. Also, the UAB Sports and Exercise Medicine team will be providing medical coverage for the athletes.
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Ashley Nichols standing in front of the University Hospital sign for the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Clinic
May 27, 2024

Ashley Nichols has a heart of gratitude for her rare kidney-pancreas transplant

Ashley Nichols, 32, shares her journey from managing her type 1 diabetes to navigating her rare kidney-pancreas transplant with the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute care team.
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DAISY Award winner: Donna Purvis, RN
May 22, 2024

DAISY winner: Donna Purvis, RN

We are pleased to announce the most recent UAB Medicine DAISY Award, recognizing the extraordinary care and compassion that nurses provide for patients and families every day. Submissions and stories are reviewed each month, and then the winner is surprised at a special ceremony. You can submit a DAISY nurse nomination using this online form. […]
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Emily Fonville
May 22, 2024

Paying it forward: Fonville finds purpose in health diagnosis

UAB School of Nursing student Emily Fonville’s path to becoming a nurse has not been without its challenges. Diagnosed with a severe case of Type 1 diabetes in 2015, Fonville has been hospitalized 37 times since then. While her complicated health history has tested her in numerous ways, it was through her treatment and health care experiences that she found her calling and UAB.
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