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Lyft Expands Its Reach Into Huntsville, What Does This Mean for Uber?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

This month, Lyft was given permission to operate as a new ride-sharing service in Huntsville. This marks Lyft’s first business in the state of Alabama. The Director of Parking and Public Transport stated during the public hearing that Lyft will now be regarded very much the same way Uber is. When comparing the two, he had this to say: “One of the things that these two companies do traditionally in other cities, they share drivers, so drivers that drive for Uber will typically get on the web app but they will be vetted by the particular company they drive for at that time.” Like they do for Uber, people who wish to take advantage of Lyft may find a ride through a mobile app on their smartphone, which also allows them to pay the driver immediately. Given that around...

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Alabama Black Bear Sightings and Critter Activities Increase

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s official: black bear sightings are becoming more common throughout Alabama. From 2014 to 2015, the number of black bear sightings reported by Alabama residents doubled. In 2016, they shot up by 50%. Around 150 sightings were reported last year, and that doesn’t include bears who escaped detection or in cases when people decided not to call it in. Wildlife biologist Thomas Harms stated, “In Mobile and Washington County, in some of this delta area, and even some and in northeast Alabama, people are seeing bears enough to where they don’t report them anymore because it’s so common.” There are no bear attacks on record in the state; the majority of these reports express annoyance, rather than fear. “Most of the calls we get are nuisance calls,” said Harms....

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Newest Dale County Court Officer Lends a Helping Paw to Stressful Juvenile Cases

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 14% of Americans report that something as simple as their home decor can make them feel stressed out, but being in court can bring on a whole new wave of stress, especially in juvenile cases. That’s why Dale County has a new, four-legged official helping them out. Kit is the first canine court officer in Alabama, and her journey began in prison. The idea came from the late David Grice, a former Dale County probation officer who was well-versed in all of the benefits that a service dog could bring to children. Dale County Juvenile Probation Officer Jeremy Varney told the Dothan Eagle that at first, he was skeptical about the idea of a canine court officer. Now, Varney says he’s one of Kit’s biggest supporters. “I am pleased to have her serve as my partner,” he added....

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Researchers Continue to Battle Against Diabetes

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Researchers have found that aggressively decreasing a diabetic’s blood pressure could be the answer to saving their life. Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Utah, Loyola University Medical School, and Columbia University Medical Center have found that significantly lowering blood pressure could even prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States. “The public health impact of adopting intensive treatment in the right patients is enormous,” said Adam Bress, assistant professor of population health sciences at the University of Utah and co-author of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) study. According to Health Canal, the researchers found that decreasing blood pressure to less than 120 mmHg reduced heart attack, stroke, and death in diabetic individuals that were high risk of the dangers. “The lifetime risk of high blood pressure in the US...

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Researchers Develop 3D Printed Cell Patch to Prevent Heart Failure

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

3D printing is getting plenty of attention in the tech market these days, and is expected to be worth $8.43 billion by 2020. Rightfully, the medical field is latching on. Recently, researchers from the University of Alabama and the University of Minnesota developed a 3D-printed patch that helps reduce heart failure. Heart failure affects 5.7 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and costs Americans billions of dollars every year to treat, but a team of researchers led by Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, MD, PhD at the University of Alabama and Brenda Ogle, PhD at the University of Minnesota believe that their small, easily mass-produced patch can help lower the cost of treatment as well as reach more patients before it’s too late. The engineered heart tissue patch is made from human cells which are then...

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