Birmingham Business Journal: UAB researchers build database for Covid therapy discovery

Birmingham Business Journal: UAB researchers build database for Covid therapy discovery. “UAB’s new database, PAGER-CoV, has nearly 12,000 pieces of genetic information on the SARS-CoV02 virus. This is information that researchers and physicians can use to craft individualized treatments against the disease. PAGER-CoV is an extension of PAGER, a database of gene sets created by Jake Chen, a professor in the Department of Genetics at UAB and associate director of the Informatics Institute in the UAB School of Medicine.”

Washington Post: One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled.

Washington Post: One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled. “The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, with its lush green lawns and fancy Greek houses, is a world apart from the concrete high-rises at the university system’s Birmingham campus nearly 60 miles away. But the schools were supposed to have the same clean slate when classes resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Every student had to test negative before setting foot on campus. Everyone had to use a smartphone application to check for symptoms daily. And everyone heard the same pleas from university leaders: Keep the campuses safe. More than a month later, 2,375 Tuscaloosa students had tested positive for the virus, 6.2 percent of the student body, according to data through Oct. 1. Birmingham had 109 cases, a tiny 0.48 percent of the students.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Alabama’s GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App Launches Statewide

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Alabama’s GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App Launches Statewide. “Supported by CARES Act funding, the GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App was built by UAB and Birmingham-based MotionMobs in active collaboration with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and integrating Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System (ENS). This app, previously available only to .edu email address holders during its recent pilot phase, can now be downloaded at no cost by any individual across the entire state via iPhone and Android devices.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: New coronavirus symptom tracker launches to improve disease tracking in rural communities across Deep South

University of Alabama at Birmingham: New coronavirus symptom tracker launches to improve disease tracking in rural communities across Deep South. “As the Deep South sees a surge in cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have created a symptom checker to identify hot spots where the virus is spreading. The new website, HelpBeatCOVID19.org, will provide public health officials insight into underserved areas based on the symptomatic data collected from the region and could help inform and enhance public health observation.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Free resource helps determine reading difficulty, provides interventions to help overcome

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Free resource helps determine reading difficulty, provides interventions to help overcome. “UAB launched an online resource, Electronic Portal for Assistance Learning, to remediate student difficulties in literacy to help with reading comprehension, confidence, fluency, phonemic awareness and phonics. The unique resource connects reading difficulties with resources to improve literacy.”

Diagnosis in 2.127 seconds: Solving a years-long vomiting mystery using AI, research and brain power (Newswise)

Newswise: Diagnosis in 2.127 seconds: Solving a years-long vomiting mystery using AI, research and brain power . “2.127 seconds. That’s how long it took mediKanren to find 347 possible treatments for nausea. 2.127 seconds that helped bring relief to a young woman who has been throwing up all her life. MediKanren is an artificial intelligence agent developed by a team of researchers at the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Led by institute director Matt Might, Ph.D., a computer scientist by training, the team has fed mediKanren every paper ever published in the medical literature.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Pro-breastfeeding communities empower new moms

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Pro-breastfeeding communities empower new moms. “Social media can positively influence breastfeeding related attitudes, knowledge and behavior, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Breastfeeding support groups on social media create a sense of community for new moms to share experiences and support each other in the breastfeeding practice and could be considered pillars of support for new moms.”

UAB News: Researchers propose new method for secure, speech-based two-factor authentication

UAB News: Researchers propose new method for secure, speech-based two-factor authentication. “In a paper published at the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks in June, Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., and doctoral student Prakash Shrestha propose a system called the ‘Listening-Watch,’ a more secure, minimal interaction process using a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or activity tracker, and browser-generated random speech sounds.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Study finds fringe communities on Reddit and 4chan have high influence on flow of alternative news to Twitter

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Study finds fringe communities on Reddit and 4chan have high influence on flow of alternative news to Twitter. “After analyzing millions of posts containing mainstream and alternative news shared on Twitter, Reddit and 4chan, Jeremy Blackburn, Ph.D., and collaborators found that alt-right communities within 4chan, an image-based discussion forum where users are anonymous, and Reddit, a social news aggregator where users vote up or down on posts, have a surprisingly large influence on Twitter. The results of the study were published this week in a paper at the ACM Internet Measurement Conference in London.”