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Thermoregulatory Sweat Test

Sweat is a function of the small peripheral nerves that is under complex control from multiple systems including the central nervous system and the endocrine glands. Mohammed Kazamel, MD examines TST as an important tool in assessing the entire pathway that controls sweat functions to see that different patterns of sweat or lack of sweat helps to delineate the diagnosis in a variety of central and peripheral nervous system disorders.


Stroke Recovery Models: Optimizing Care and Outcomes

Approximately 800,000 patients experience a stroke in the US, with Alabama having one of the highest rates in the country. Despite that, only 30% of stroke survivors receive any outpatient stroke rehabilitation which results in suboptimal recovery. Chen Lin, MD examines how The Stroke Recovery Clinic (SRC) at UAB hopes to address this serious issue. With an array of therapists including Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy along with Neuropsychology and Social Work., patients will...


Central Airway Obstruction

Management of patients with Central Airway Obstruction can be difficult, but new therapeutic and diagnostic tools are now available that are beneficial to most patients and almost all airway obstruction can be relieved expeditiously. Hitesh Batra, MD examines how the most comprehensive approach to treatment is offered at UAB and that the management of complex airway disorders is enhanced by the availability of highly advanced endoscopic and surgical options.


Vaping: New Research on Risks Associated with e-Cigarettes

As cigarette smoking seems to be on the decline, another method of nicotine use has managed to hook today’s youth. Some smokers find that vaping helps them quit smoking for a few months, but they often go back to smoking. Kathy Harrington, PhD, MPH and Susan Walley, MD join the segment to discuss the latest research that now indicates that e-cigs could be as harmful as conventional cigarettes.


Inspiris Valve

James Davies Jr., MD, director of the UAB Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, is the first surgeon in the Southeast to implant the new Edwards Inspiris heart valve. He joins the podcast to discuss how since it was developed for patients with aortic valve disease, the Inspiris valve is made of specially treated bovine tissue that may help it last longer and has an expandable frame to allow future valve-in-valve procedures.


SeamlessMD: New App for ERAS Care

After UAB’s first ERAS surgery in 2015, the health system saw improvements in lengths of stay and pain scores for colorectal surgery patients. The initiative won a UAB Health System Innovation Award in 2016, and the positive results have prompted other surgical service lines to begin coordinating their own ERAS pathways. UAB aims to grow the success of its ERAS program through a new partnership. Daniel I. Chu MD discusses how UAB Medicine has partnered with SeamlessMD, becoming the first...


Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy can sometimes, but not always, be reversed. Reversal is a more complex operation with greater success rates if performed less than 10 years after the original surgery. Peter Kolettis, MD discusses the certain criteria in which vasectomy reversal is possible and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Pancreatic Cancer

In this panel discussion, J. Bart Rose, III, MD, Ravikumar Paluri, MD, and Rogeemon Jacob, MD, discuss Pancreatic Cancer, current and evolving therapies and new ways to approach Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.


Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: Testing & Treatment Options

Alabama has a high rate of emphysema, and healthy people who know they have Alpha-1 in their family, should be tested for the gene to slow or prevent deterioration of health. As delayed diagnosis is thought to be associated with adverse outcomes, it is important that providers know the facts about Alpha-1 to council their patients on the importance of testing so they can make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to achieve the best outcomes. Mike Wells, MD, discusses the Alpha-1 Clinic at...


Adrenal Evaluation & Treatment

Adrenal nodules are being increasingly identified on imaging studies (i.e., CT or MRI) obtained for other reasons. All identified adrenal nodules should be evaluated to determine whether they lead to over-production of hormones or might harbor a malignancy such as adrenocortical carcinoma. Listen as Brenessa Lindeman, MD, and John Porterfield, Jr., MD, discuss what to do if a nodule is found, including when surgery might be indicated.


Benefits of Multi-Disciplinary Care for Colorectal Cancer Patients

Ravikumar Paluri, MD, Rojymon Jacob, MD, and Greg Kennedy, MD, join the segment in this panel discussion on the benefits of multi-disciplinary care for Colorectal Cancer patients, and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia

Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia (formerly Critical Limb Ischemia) is a natural progression of untreated or unrecognized Peripheral Arterial Disease. It is important for providers to recognize symptomatic patients for prompt referral. Graeme McFarland, MD, discusses how the earlier a diagnosis can be made, the earlier treatment can be started with less serious consequence.


Parathyroid Disease

Our parathyroid glands usually do a great job of controlling our body’s calcium levels, but one or more can begin to hyperfunction and lead to high levels of calcium in the blood. Herbert Chen, MD, discusses who is most at risk for parathyroid disease, the associated symptoms, how to treat it, and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Optimizing Hernia Repair

Britney Corey, MD, discusses optimizing hernia repair and how UAB recently joined the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative. This relationship will allow UAB to participate in continuous quality improvement efforts to optimize outcomes and costs of hernia care.


Cataracts: When to Take Action

When it comes to cataracts, nothing can change the world like seeing it more clearly again. Waid Blackstone, MD, discusses cataracts, and when to refer a patient to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Diabetic Foot Wounds

Death rate following first time onset of diabetic foot ulcer or after a lower limb amputation has a survival rate that is now worse than most cancers. It is predicted that by 2050 one in three Americans will have diabetes. Physicians need to be educated on symptoms and when to refer patients so as to avoid amputation. Brent Haverstock DPM discusses this multispecialty program that utilizes the expertise of vascular surgeons and podiatrists, but also involving physicians from many other...


There is Now a Cure for Hepatitis C

There are about 50,000 people living with Hep C in the state of Alabama currently. The hepatitis C virus is carried in the blood and often is transmitted by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but for many it becomes a long-term, chronic infection that can result in serious health problems, even death, if left untreated. Brendan McGuire,MD, and Michael Saag,MD, discuss the cure for Hepatitis C. They discuss when a...


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) uses a multi-modal and multidisciplinary approach to deliver best-evidence surgical care to all patients to improve their outcomes and experience. Daniel Chu, MD, discusses ERAS, its benefits to patients, providers and healthcare systems and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Brain Tumor Therapy is Going to the Dogs

People share many things with the dogs in their lives. Unfortunately, that can include a tendency to develop brain tumors. Dogs and humans are among the few species that spontaneously develop naturally occurring brain tumors. Those tumors have a lot in common, too, which has led scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to wonder whether studying tumors in dogs will help treat humans, and whether studying tumors in humans will help treat man's best friend. Dr. James Markert, Dr....



The thyroid gland influences the body’s metabolic processes and hypo- or hyper-function of the thyroid can have serious consequences for health and quality of life. While hypothyroidism can be easily treated with medication, a range of treatment options exist for hyperthyroidism. Listen as Brenessa Lindeman, MD, Herbert Chen, MD., and John Porterfield, MD discuss treatment options for those suffering from hyperthyroidism, and which options are most effective.