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    Medicine Researchers Receive NC TraCS Pilot Grant Awards

    NC TraCS recently announced the recipients of new pilot grant awards, and five recipients are from the Department of Medicine. Following is a list of the recipients and their project titles. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD (Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) Project Title: Safety, Tolerability, and Biosignature of Humanized Prebiotics in Healthy Adults J … Continued

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    Parr, Senior Author of Study That Shows Plasmodium Falciparum Evolving to Escape Malaria Rapid Diagnostics in Africa

    A major tool against malaria in Africa has been the use of rapid diagnostic tests, which have been part of the “test-treat-track” strategy in Ethiopia, the second most-populated country in Africa. But researchers studying blood samples from more than 12,000 individuals in Ethiopia now estimate these tests missed nearly 10% of malaria cases caused by the parasite Plasmodium falcip … Continued

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    Grant Receives $200,000 to Study Impact of Multiple Myeloma on Older Adult Patients, Care Partners

    The National Institute on Aging has awarded Shakira Grant, MBBS, and the UNC Center for Aging and Health a 2-year, $200,000 grant to study the illness and treatment experiences and functional trajectories of older adults with multiple myeloma and their care partners. Grant is assistant professor in the divisions of hematology and geriatric medicine. Multiple myeloma is a disease … Continued

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    Transitioning Focus Group Research to a Videoconferencing Environment: A Descriptive Analysis of Interactivity

    The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted face-to-face interactions in healthcare research, with many studies shifting to video-based data collection for qualitative research. Cristine Henage, Ed.D, is first author of a study that describes the interactivity achieved in a videoconferencing focus group of seven primary care providers discussing deprescribing opioids and benzodiazepines. Rea … Continued

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    Trial To Reduce Antimicrobial Use in Nursing Home Residents With Alzheimer Diseases and Other Dementias (TRAIN-AD): A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial

    Antimicrobials are extensively prescribed to nursing home residents with advanced dementia, often without evidence of infection or consideration of the goals of care. Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, professor of geriatric medicine and medical director of the UNC Palliative Care Program,  tested the effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention to improve the management of suspected urina … Continued

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    Investiture Celebration Honors Jan Busby-Whitehead, Inaugural M. Andrew Greganti Distinguished Professor

    Ron Falk, MD, chair of the department of medicine, led a virtual investiture celebration for Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, on August 5. Busby-Whitehead was named the M. Andrew Greganti Distinguished Professor of Medicine, honored for her work as a researcher, clinician and educator, as well as a decades-long commitment to geriatric medicine. “Congratulations to both Dr. Greganti and D … Continued

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    UNC SOM Appoints Larson Electives Director

    The School of Medicine is excited to welcome Claire Larson, MD, to the role of Director of Electives, coordinating elective offerings across all phases including the scholarly concentrations. Dr. Larson earned her medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine and Geriatrics training at the University of California, San Francisco. From clinical pra … Continued

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    Telemedicine Companies Changing the Future of Doctor Visits

    After years of slowly gaining traction, telemedicine exploded during the pandemic. Now companies are using that momentum to usher in the next wave of remote health, by moving beyond just chats with doctors to a high-tech world of healthcare access without leaving the home. “The pandemic really supported new ways for remote monitoring, creation and development of devices,” said Jo … Continued

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    Review Finds No ‘High-Quality’ Evidence That Weight Loss Supplements Work

    Among adults in the United States trying to maintain a moderate weight, roughly a thirdTrusted Source say they have used dietary supplements to achieve their goal. But, according to a new study in Obesity, led by John Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, high-quality evidence of the benefits of many wei … Continued

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    Lowe Appointed Hospice Medical Director

    Jared Lowe, MD, assistant professor in the UNC Palliative Care Program has been appointed Medical Director of UNC Hospice. Margaret Drickamer, MD, who previously served in this role, will become Assistant Medical Director and continue as a Hospice attending physician. “We are thankful for Margaret’s outstanding leadership,” said Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Hosp … Continued