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  • John Batsis

    How Older Adults Can Regain Their Game After Being Cooped Up For Over a Year

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and Gillings School of Public Health, told CNN that older adults should start slow and build steadily, after being cooped up for over a year during the pandemic. “From my experience, older adults are eager to get out of the house and do what they did a year ago. And guess what? After being inactive for mor … Continued

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    Featured Physician: Shakira J. Grant, MBBS

    Dr. Shakira Grant was born in Barbados and says she knew around the age of 11 or 12, when her grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, that she would become an oncologist. She also says UNC felt like home when she visited, and it was the “ease of conversation, welcoming smiles, and the collegial atmosphere” that helped her know UNC was the place to be.

  • Christine Kistler, MD

    The Startling and Troubling Voting Gap with Black Men

    Christine Kistler, MD, MASc, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and department of family medicine, was featured in a Yahoo report, originally published in the News and Observer. The report recognizes the gender gap among the number of Black men and women who reach voting age in North Carolina every year. “You are less likely to have a high quality education … Continued

  • John Batsis

    Batsis Team Receives NIH Startup Funding for Remote Physical Therapy Monitoring System

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine, and a team of researchers from Dartmouth who founded SynchroHealth, have been awarded nearly $225,000 from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to develop and test “BandPass.” The remote-sensing resistance band exercise system will allow health care providers to monitor, evaluate, and guide p … Continued

  • Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

    Niznik Receives KO8 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine, was awarded a 5-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging for “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” The study seeks to evaluate the risks and benefits of deprescribing versus continuing bisphosphonates in o … Continued

  • John Batsis

    Sarcopenic Obesity Associated with Increased Risk of Impaired Cognitive Function in Older Adults

    The prevalence of obesity with sarcopenia is increasing in adults aged 65 years, and this geriatric syndrome places individuals at risk for synergistic complications. John A. Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine, led a study to investigate whether sarcopenia or sarcopenic obesity are associated with greater long-term risk of impaired cognitive fun … Continued

  • Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

    Nearly All Seniors Take Meds That Raise Their Odds of Falling

    Among older Americans, deaths from falls are up sharply, dovetailing with a surge in use of medications that increase the risk of falling, researchers say. Two decades ago, about 57% of U.S. seniors took medications that increased their risk of falls. By 2017, that number had risen to 94%, and deaths caused by falls had more than doubled, a new study found, published in the journ … Continued

  • Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH

    Experts Recommend Shared Decision-Making Prior to Lung Cancer Screening

    In a viewpoint perspective published in JAMA on March 9, 2021, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and two other experts endorsed the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) requirement for a patient and their doctor to engage in a shared discussion of benefits and harms before proceeding with a low-dose spiral computed tomo … Continued

  • Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead

    Busby-Whitehead Talked With the Wall Street Journal About Older People Participating in Activities After the COVID-19 Vaccine

    A Wall Street Journal report about the first Americans to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, older people, recognizes how many are still struggling to know what activities are safe. Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, interviewed for the report, said she and colleagues continue to urge caution because most of the US population isn’t vaccinated. There are also new, more transmissible vari … Continued

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    UNC Geriatricians Help Skilled Nursing Facilities Fight COVID-19 With Collaborative Problem Solving and Mentoring

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 40% of all deaths have been residents of nursing homes. Although the vaccine roll-out is now well underway, long-term care facilities continue to be high risk environments disproportionately affected by the virus. To help administrators and nursing leadership fight the spread of COVID-19, the UNC Center for Aging and Health is training and suppo … Continued