UAB study affirms benefits of CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy

UAB School of Medicine Division of Epilepsy. UAB study affirms benefits of CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy
UAB School of Medicine Division of Epilepsy. Photo via UAB’s website

Good news! Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted a study on the benefits of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, as a treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy who do not respond to traditional therapies. The results are in, and CBD oil significantly reduced the frequency, severity and adverse effects of seizures in participants.

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10 days of Birmingham Restaurant Week deals starts NOW, including a feast at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille. PLUS, enter to win Harvest Brunch tickets!

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Farmers Market Pappardelle plus appetizer and dessert for $30 at Vino during #BRW2018! Photo submitted

Let’s say you’re in a lunch rut and have $10 in your pocket to burn. Or maybe one of your life goals is to conquer the ridiculously tall, Famous Pork Chop at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. Good news! Birmingham Restaurant Week, Aug. 10-19, starts Friday. Eat your way through 10 days of special prix fixe menus for all budgets at dozens of Birmingham metro’s best restaurants. 

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Get your tickets now! Tank and the Bangas performs Friday Aug. 17 at Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art, presented by Dale’s Seasoning.

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Tank and the Bangas performs Friday Aug. 17 at Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Tank and the Bangas. Photo by Gus Bennett

Did you catch Tank and the Bangas when they performed at Saturn Birmingham in May 2017? That was shortly after the band won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest out of 6,000 entries, and just before the New Orleans group’s success skyrocketed. Fortunately for us, they’re back in the ’Ham on Friday night, Aug. 17, for Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Get tickets before they’re gone.

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Dear Cook Out, what gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens

Birmingham, Alabama, Dear Cook Out, What Gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens
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The citizens of Birmingham, from Mayor Randall Woodfin to one hungry UAB student, are hurting. The source of our pain? You, Cook Out. You’ve jilted us. Worse, you flaunt your rejection by continuing to expand in other cities across Alabama. Enough of this. I won’t have the Magic City moping around like a teenager without a prom date.

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5 ways Birmingham Restaurant Week puts the magic in the Magic City food scene, including Harvest Brunch, food tours and more

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Slice Pizza & Brewhouse. Photo submitted

Get ready to eat. The ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week is happening Aug. 10 to 19, 2018. Hosted by REV Birmingham and presented by Regions Bank, the week celebrates the city’s acclaimed culinary culture. Here’s how this 10-day event helps put the magic in the Magic City food scene.

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Meet Micah Morgan, the Birmingham ultra runner who conquered the world’s hardest race. PLUS, try her 2 fave bakeries for carbo-loading.

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Micah Morgan and crew at the Badwater 135. Photo via Cadence Run Coaching

The Badwater 135 is a grueling 135-mile (217-kilometer) ultramarathon from Death Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California. From July 23-25, 2018, Birmingham’s own Micah Morgan came and conquered the race. Clocking in at 30 hours and nine minutes, she finished third in the female division and ninth overall. Learn how she trained, and find out where she fuels up in the ‘Ham. (Hint: think cupcakes.)

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Free financial workshop series for small business owners begins Aug. 7, hosted by the Market at Pepper Place and BBVA Compass. RSVP today!

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Caver’s Farm sells lady peas in July. Photo via the Market at Pepper Place on Instagram

The Market at Pepper Place is the place to buy local in Birmingham. Now it’s taking its support of Alabama farmers and makers one step further. In partnership with BBVA Compass, the market is offering a free financial workshop series to vendors and other small business owners. The series aims to help small businesses improve and grow, and it kicks off with an open house mixer on Aug. 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Sneak peek film screening this Thursday Aug. 2 on how to protect the Cahaba River. Find out why it needs your help now more than ever.

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The historic bridge over the pristine Little Cahaba River has been closed for 25 years. The proposed new road and bridge would introduce traffic and pollution. Photo submitted

This Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., the Cahaba River Society hosts a free documentary showing (it’s short!) and Q&A at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham. This sneak peek screening is intended to raise public awareness about the potential impact of a proposed Cahaba Beach Road and bridge project. Get educated, then let ALDOT hear your voice at the public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keep reading to learn more, or visit savethecahaba.org.

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Penny-a-Page coupon only good Wednesday Aug. 1st at Alabama Books-A-Million stores. Get it here.

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Things are looking up for thrifty bookworms. In Alabama stores only, Wednesday, August 1, is Penny-A-Page day at Books-A-Million. Print your coupon, then get to your nearest Books-A-Million to pick up the next fiction or non-fiction book on your reading list for only $0.01 per page.

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Take a peek inside the newly remodeled Crestwood ALDI with 7 photos

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Crestwood ALDI. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Today marked my maiden voyage to the remodeled Crestwood ALDI, which celebrated its grand reopening on July 18. First, I met a friend for lunch at IKKO in 5 Points. “Oh yeah, I went there yesterday,” she said when she found out where I was headed.” It was nice. It was like ALDI.”

Hence my theory that there are two types of people in this world.

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Luxury urban living with 25 must-have amenities at the Metropolitan in Lakeview

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It’s time to put the plans away and open the doors at the Metropolitan! Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You’re looking for an apartment in Birmingham. You’ve seen umpteen places, and they all require you to compromise on something big, like a courtyard pool. It’s time to check out the big “M” (the Metropolitan, that is). Opening this September, it offers brand-spanking new luxury living in Lakeview, and it’s got everything on your list.

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Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release

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Jimmy Witt of Witt Farms. Photo via REV Birmingham

When Cahaba Brewing premiered the first hyperlocal beer in its Proximity Series in June, it sold out in three hours. So long, strawberry blonde. I hardly knew ya. Hello, blackberry Dunkelweizen, the latest in the brewery’s collaboration with REV’s Urban Food ProjectContinue reading “Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release”

5 high-demand Aviate products and how you can win them on Bham Now’s Instagram

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Summer days linger on, and our friends at Aviate want you to embrace every moment. Enter Aviate’s Endless Summer Giveaway by July 27 for a chance to win an awesome prize pack from your fave apparel brand, based right here Birmingham.  Find out more.

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Pedestrian bridge at Jemison Park Nature Trail will improve accessibility

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The steppingstone Shades Creek crossing at Jemison Park Nature Trail. Photo by Alex Robertson for Bham Now

Jemison Park Nature Trail is one of my favorite local spots. Just a hop, skip and jump away from central Birmingham, this greenway follows the waterways that meander through Mountain Brook. However, the steppingstone crossing at Shades Creek has long presented an accessibility challenge for some. Soon that will change.

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