Afraid of needles? Promising nasal COVID-19 vaccine tested at UAB moving forward

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UAB researcher performing preclinical testing of a potential vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus. Photo courtesy of UAB

We are all preparing for it. Hopefully, very soon, we might expect to roll up our sleeves and take a shot – get vaccinated, so we can defeat the COVID-19 global pandemic.

But, how about avoiding the needles, syringes and more importantly refrigeration that comes with the newly proposed vaccines?  Can a vaccine be delivered via your nose?

Thanks to preclinical research and testing at UAB, we are about to find out.

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State health officials share COVID-19 updates, including Thanksgiving plans + vaccine information

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State health officials announce news on when Alabama will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo via Unsplash

During a press conference today, November 23, 2020, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre shared updates on COVID-19 in Alabama. They discussed rising numbers and safety practices as we move into the holidays, along with a rough timeline for when the first round of vaccines will be administered.

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Birmingham researchers lead the way in COVID-19 vaccine development

2020 is the year of the epidemiologist. Photo via @nci on Unsplash

If you’re spending much time online these days, you’re probably seeing a whole flood of information about potential COVID-19 vaccines. Southern Research is helping lead the way from right here in Birmingham, and they’re getting closer every day. Here’s what you need to know.

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St. Vincent’s, United Way and local paramedics team up to keep patients healthy

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Pictured Left to Right: Larry Holsonbach, Shunta Barbour, Casey Humblen, Stacia Sabora, Brian Blakes, and Gregory Fields. Photo via St. Vincent’s Foundation

One of the highest rates for hospital readmission is among heart patients. Recently, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, and the United Way of Central Alabama’s Bold Goals Coalition launched a pilot project that has significantly reduced this problem and helped keep cardiac patients healthy. Here is their story. 

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Get an inside look at the technology fighting lung cancer in Birmingham

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We could all use an extra deep breath or two this year. Photo via Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Did you know Birmingham has some of the most advanced technologies in the world when it comes to lung cancer diagnosis and treatment? November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and we caught up with a local expert to learn more about how he and his team are saving lives, one breath at a time.

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Your guide to the 2020-2021 flu vaccine including incentive programs

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Will you be getting a flu shot? Photo by Hyttalo Souza

Considering the flu vaccine? Due to the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states it is more important to get it this year than ever. Find out everything from who should get it and where to worthwhile incentive programs happening now.

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UAB creates promising inhaled monoclonal antibody for COVID-19

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A new COVID-19 treatment is on the horizon. Photo by Ousa Chea via Unsplash

We’ve heard a lot about upcoming vaccines that will help lower your chances of getting the COVID-19 virus. But what if you do contract it? Are there at-home treatment options available? With UAB taking the reins, there appears to be some promise on the horizon—and it comes in the form of an inhalant. 

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COVID’s bad for minority health + how you can get tested in Jefferson County today

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Dr. Raegan Durant is one of the people involved in community testing for COVID in Birmingham
Dr. Raegan Durant of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services on the importance of COVID-19 testing. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

COVID-19 has been having a much greater impact on minorities in Birmingham and across the US. We spoke to Dr. Mona Fouad, founder of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) at UAB to find out more. Whether you are a minority or not, if you’re looking for information or want to get tested, call 205-975-CV19 (2819).

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Stop the spread of COVID-19 from your phone? Yep, there’s an app for that

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We caught up with one of the first GuideSafe™ users to learn how it all works. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. Developed by UAB experts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Health and available for iPhone and Android devices, the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a simple way you can help fight COVID-19 in Alabama.

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Magic City Wellness Center is now open in a new Lakeview space

Birmingham has some local nonprofits doing incredibly important work in our community. Photo via Magic City Wellness Center on Facebook

The newest healthcare facility in town is now open in Lakeview. Magic City Wellness Center and UAB’s 1917 Clinic are among the tenants—get all the details right here!

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Touch lives every day with a nursing career at Children’s of Alabama

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Bonding with pediatric patients is an essential part of the job. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

It’s pediatric nurses week, and we couldn’t think of a better time to explore nursing careers at Children’s of Alabama. We talked with two nurses—one with 25 years and one with eight at Children’s—to find out more. If you’re a nurse and you’re wondering about your next step, hop over here for nursing and other job listings at Children’s

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$10 million for breast cancer research—and you can be part of it

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Pink up the Pace, Birmingham! Photo via BCRFA

October may be the month we see pink everywhere we go, but this local organization is fighting for a cure 365 days a year. Get to know the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and learn all the ways you can get involved today.

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This Birmingham woman is showing us how to fight like a girl

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Community over competition. Photo via See Jane Write on Facebook

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means we’re about to start seeing a lot of pink ribbons around. Chances are, someone in your life has been impacted. In fact, one in eight US women will develop breast cancer. We caught up with one Birmingham woman who is currently fighting her own battle, and you won’t want to miss her story.

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AFib treatment could save your life—but you may not know you have it

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A community built on care. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You don’t hear a ton of scary stories involving AFib. For good reason—it’s quite common, and these days, it’s treatable. That is, if you know how to identify it. We caught up with a Birmingham specialist to get his best health tips for the heart. Check it out!

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7 Birmingham nonprofits that are fighting for a cure for cancer

These organizations are helping keep families together for a long, long time. Photo via Forge BCSC on Facebook

Everyone knows someone who’s suffered from one type of cancer or another. It’s one cause that’s personal for a whole bunch of us—including these Birmingham nonprofits. They’re fighting the fight right here in Alabama, and you can be a part of it.

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