Human Health

Working to find solutions to today’s most significant health concerns through research projects that target issues plaguing Alabamians, including obesity and diabetes.

Auburn scientists use laying hens to study fibroid tumors

An estimated 70 percent of women in the U.S. develop fibroid tumors in the uterus by age 50, and while the noncancerous tumors cause no symptoms for the majority of those women, they make life miserable for tens of thousands of others. Within his own family, Wallace Berry has seen the pain and distress that uterine fibroids can inflict, and in his newest research undertaking, the Auburn University poultry scientist aims to use his findings to help reduce the incidence and severity of fibroid tumors.

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Coleman awarded NIH grant to study disease-causing fungi

Jeff Coleman, a mycologist in Auburn University’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, has been awarded a $268,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify and study the genes within two species of fungi that can cause potentially deadly infections in humans.

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Auburn scientists explore how bird flu virus enters poultry farms

Auburn University researchers are helping poultry producers combat a massive and costly outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Auburn University poultry scientists Joe Giambrone and Ken Macklin are using funding from the U.S. egg industry to investigate how the virus, which has decimated poultry populations in the Midwest in the past nine months, spreads to poultry farms.

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Auburn scientists find tar balls are better left alone

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of weathered oil, though unsightly and annoying, are not a human health hazard. But new research findings out of Auburn University indicate that tar balls are reservoirs for a multitude of bacteria, including at least one pathogen that can cause life-threatening sickness in some humans.

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