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Telehealth Shows Promise for Obesity Management

June 10, 2022

John A. Batsis, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, discussed the advantages and challenges of using telehealth and remote monitoring in obesity management with Healio. He said delivering behavioral weight loss interventions through telehealth is feasible, acceptable and efficacious. “There’s evidence that demonstrates face-to-face vs. telemedicine-based interventions for weight loss are … Continued

UNC Geriatrics Represented at the 2022 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

June 3, 2022

The American Geriatric Society held its 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL, May 12-14, 2022. Composed of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Center for Aging and Health, UNC Geriatrics was fully represented at this year’s meeting. In attendance at the three-day event were Geriatrics faculty, fellows, residents, Center staff, and MSTAR students*. *The UNC-CH T-35 MSTAR program … Continued

How Ageism Impacts Us All

May 27, 2022

Every year, each one of us adds one more candle to the birthday cake. This additional year brings new experiences and goals. However, how we think about our age and how others perceive that number can impact our health. Ageism refers to the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination towards oneself and others based on age. It … Continued

Dr. Kistler Explains How Drinking Water in the Morning can Support Healthy Aging

May 24, 2022

Christine E. Kistler, MD, associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, explained why older adults are more vulnerable to dehydration and how drinking water in the morning can support healthy aging. Forget the wrinkle-smoothing creams and anti-aging serums. The secret to growing old gracefully comes straight from your sink. Yep, water helps keep every system … Continued

Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

May 18, 2022

Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting … Continued

Spotlight on Assistant Professor Joshua Niznik

May 16, 2022

UNC Geriatrics recognizes Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, for his recent accomplishments. Dr. Niznik was recently appointed to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) editorial board, was lead author of a COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy study, and was interviewed for an AARP article … Continued

Dr. Shakira J. Grant selected for PRIDE, hopes to encourage others to find their purpose

May 2, 2022

As an assistant professor in the Divisions of Hematology and Geriatric Medicine, and a board-certified Geriatric-Hematologist, Dr. Shakira J. Grant, MBBS, is no stranger to success, but she has had to overcome many challenges along the way. Now, selected for the 2022 Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) cohort, she … Continued

UNC Geriatrics Clinic April 2022 Update

April 11, 2022

UNC Geriatrics is the largest older adult-focused primary care practice in the Triangle. Also, the past two years have been eventful for the clinic.

Batsis Discusses Five Common Medications That Can Cause Weight Gain

March 10, 2022

Side effects are common with almost any medication. What’s less common are side effects that can complicate your recovery from the very condition you’re looking to treat. Case in point: medications that can cause weight gain. “Often, we think of side effects that cause more [physical] symptoms — dizziness, stomach problems, fatigue,” said John Batsis, … Continued

Niznik accepted as one of 12 AGING Initiative MCCs Scholars

February 18, 2022

Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD was recently accepted into the AGING Initiative MCCs Scholars Program. As one of twelve MCCs Scholars, Dr. Niznik will attend an in-person workshop in Washington D.C. this spring. In addition, he will attend 6 webinars during his scholarship year.