December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, and as part of raising awareness of the issue, Dr. Ana Belén Araúz, a physician specializing in Infectious Diseases at Hospital Santo Tomas in Panama recently visited UAB. While she was here, we interviewed her to learn more about HIV/AIDS testing, treatment, and care in her home country.
In the spring of 1978, when she was just 27 years old, Lois Gibbs discovered that her home and those of her neighbors in Love Canal were sitting next to 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals. Ms. Gibbs brought public attention to the environmental crisis in Love Canal. She helped organize the Love Canal Homeowners Association and after a 2 year struggle, her efforts led to the relocation of over 800 residents and forced the government and companies responsible for the toxic waste to clean up the area. Ms. Gibbs share lessons learned from Love Canal and her current work with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for this month, we would like to highlight the work of Sowing the Seeds of Health, a unique community-based education program at the UAB Cancer Center led by Dr. Scarinci, Professor in the Division of Preventative Medicine at UAB and Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer Disparities at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Susan Walley joins us to discuss the recent outbreak of deaths and severe lung injury among users of e-cigarettes and vaping products.
UAB’s Assistant Director of Historical Collections and University Archivist sat down to share some of the historical connections and ties between Alabama, UAB, and the Republic of Panama dating back over 100 years.
Dr. Michele Kong is the co-founder of KultureCity, a nonprofit that raises not only awareness, but promotes a community-shifting acceptance of children with autism. She is here to talk with us about rethinking accessibility and explain how KultureCity is creating a community of acceptance and inclusion for all individuals with unique disabilities.
Vaping and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-operated devices which produce an aerosolized mixture from a solution of concentrated nicotine, flavoring chemicals, and other substances to be inhaled by the user. These devices have exploded in popularity over the last several years, largely due to aggressive marketing and advertising that include unsubstantiated claims of e-cigarettes as “healthier” than conventional cigarettes. This presentation will highlight the current scientific evidence on electronic cigarettes and the impact on youth tobacco use, health and public health effects.