A UAB doctor suggests that if the state of Alabama offered incentives to those who choose to get the COVID shot, it could improve the vaccine percentage for the state. This map shows how many people are vaccinated in each county in the state of Alabama. Madison County is one of the more vaccinated counties in the state.
Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot during a struggle with Birmingham police inside a restaurant. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Armonda Contreras. He was 43 and lived in Pinson. The shooting happened at 7:01 p.m. Monday and he was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital at 11:15 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
A man who was shot during a struggle with Birmingham police inside a restaurant Monday night has died. Authorities have not yet released the man’s name. The shooting happened at 7:01 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital at 11:15 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
Gov. Kay Ivey lifted the mask mandate in April, but before you start ditch your mask at home, there are some things you should know. Nearly 30% of people in Alabama are fully vaccinated and approximately 36% of Alabamians have been given at least one dose of a vaccine.
“The bulk of cases are occurring in non-vaccinated individuals,” she said. “By age, it's really in that 30 to 40-year-old age demographic that's experiencing the biggest case burden. So, they have the most hospitalizations and the most cases right now.
UAB Hospital says gatherings during Memorial Day Weekend are the cause for a recent uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations. According to a report released by the hospital Tuesday, COVID-19 hospitalizations rose from 11 to 20 in the past two days. Sign up for our Newsletters Doctors at UAB say there is still work to be done to slow the spread of the virus considering cases are higher this year than they were a year ago, despite the current access to vaccines.
A new focus on the impact of the pandemic on children: the jump in screen time as children were online learning has appeared to cause an increase in eye issues. "What we've seen is a lot of visual problems revealed perhaps with a lot of screen time," says Dr. Katherine Weise, UAB Eye Care Director of Pediatric Optometry.
For the first time in almost 20 years, the FDA approved a new drug for Alzheimer's patients and UAB Hospital was involved in the clinical trials! In the video above, WVTM 13's Ashton Jones talks with Dr. David Geldmacher, with UAB's Neurology department, about the FDA's decision to approve the drug known as Aduhelm, or Aducanumab.
UAB's Division of Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, says according to the CDC, children are now the age group contracting COVID-19 the most. "Young people also now make up more than 22% of new infections. So, as of April 30th, there were 1.5 million young people between the ages of 13 and 17 who actually had COVID," said Beasley.
Lately you can't help but wonder how long price will continue to rise. From grocery items to homes and used cars, there aren't too many items that haven't seen a price increase. A local economist explains what's happening right now and if there's an end in sight for the inflation we're seeing.
UAB’s Med West is moving forward with plans to move its hospital from Bessemer to McCalla. The UA System Board of Trustees gave its unanimous support to the project Friday morning, allowing construction plans to continue. The new hospital will be built on land off 459's exit one in McCalla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The White House and U.S. Department of Education are urging younger college age students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are looking for thousands more,” Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellbeing Dr. Rebecca Kennedy said. Dr. Kennedy said many UAB students have already been vaccinated, but some students have delayed getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of school workload and finals season..
Doctors at UAB Hospital in Birmingham want to answer any questions people may have surrounding the COVID-19 recovery process and now they'll be able to do that through a new series launching Wednesday. WVTM 13's Ian Reitz spoke with Dr. Turner Overton, the Medical Director of the Post-Covid Treatment Program at UAB, about what can be expected during the nine-week series.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Studies show that somewhere between 3% and 5% of the U.S. population is immunocompromised leading some to wonder how safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are for these groups. UAB doctors said more studies of varying types of immunocompromised groups will need to be done to understand exactly which groups will respond well to COVID-19 vaccines.
Although medical marijuana was recently approved as a treatment option in Alabama, the alternative medicine carries a stigma for some patients. Sumer Lynn Beavers is in remission from a form of cancer that attacked her salivary glands and said her treatment and surgery has been a painful journey that is far from over.
A homicide investigation is underway after a man was shot to death at an Ensley gas station Thursday morning. Birmingham Police say west precinct officers responded to the Chevron gas station at 2301 Ensley Avenue on reports of a person shot shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. At the scene, officers found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Some patients are still dealing with COVID-19 symptoms months after becoming infected. UAB is hoping to better educate the public about it. Most people fully recover from COVID-19 shortly after becoming infected, but some deal with lingering effects post-COVID that can last for months That’s why last year, UAB created the post-covid treatment program for patients.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The UAB men’s golf team is one of 30 programs to compete at the 2021 NCAA National Championship this week at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. The championship event runs from Friday, May 28 through Wednesday, June 2.