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Batsis: Weight Loss Drugs are Only One Part of a Comprehensive Plan

March 20, 2024

Dr. John Batsis recently spoke with Verywell about his concerns regarding the prescribing of weight loss drugs. Batsis believes that some people want quick fixes from providers who are willing to prescribe weight management medications. However, he said that weight loss medications are only one part of a comprehensive plan. “Obesity is a chronic disease,” … Read more

Division of Geriatric Medicine to Hold Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Conference

March 14, 2024

The UNC Division of Geriatric Medicine will hold this year’s Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Conference May 15, 2024 at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. It will focus on the 4Ms model of care – Mentation, what Matters, Medications, and Mobility – with a particular focus on the care of hospitalized people with dementia. Topics include Cognitive impairment, … Read more

UNC Geriatrics Discusses Heart Failure and Guardianship on Core IM Podcast

February 16, 2024

A recent episode of The Core IM podcast featured several UNC Department of Medicine practitioners who discussed issues related to heart failure and guardianship. The episode is divided into three segments. In Deep Dive 1, UNC geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine Dr. Emily Cetrone discussed ways for approaching guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) of heart … Read more

Dr. Meredith Gilliam Speaks to AARP About Diagnosing Depression

February 2, 2024

In general, diagnosing depression can be challenging. Since there’s no single, definitive test for diagnosing the condition, it is important to consider other possible reasons behind depression-like symptoms in older adults. In a recent AARP article, Dr. Meredith Gilliam says, “the symptoms may overlap with chronic medical conditions, early dementia, hearing and vision loss, and … Read more

The Chronic Disease of Obesity

January 26, 2024

In the December 2023 issue of Insights & Implications in Gerontology, Dr. John Batsis and colleagues dive into ‘The Chronic Disease of Obesity.’ In this publication, the team discusses: Current concepts are presented about the complex interplay among the stomach, liver, pancreas, brain, and metabolic processes of the body Recognition of obesity as a chronic … Read more

Duke/UNC ADRC Announces Research Curriculum

January 23, 2024

The Duke/UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) Research Education Component (REC) Core announces a new Research Curriculum. This curated collection includes video presentations on basic science and statistics. However it also includes more in-depth talks like keynote addresses and clinical presentations from past ADRC events like the SLAM-DUNC conference. This curriculum is available for anyone … Read more

How Risky Are Weight Loss Drugs for Older Adults?

January 4, 2024

New anti-obesity medications like Ozempic and Wegovy are very popular these days. Although many people benefit from these new drugs, they can be risky for older people. In fact, the downsides of these medications for older patients can be very serious. Some of the potential risks for people over 60 who take these medications include … Read more

Antiobesity Drugs Take Center Stage at Annual ObesityWeek Conference

December 14, 2023

At this year’s ObesityWeek conference, antiobesity drugs were a prominent part of the discussions. As John A. Batsis, MD says, “There was a huge focus on newer medications, their efficacy, their safety, gaps in knowledge, and what future studies are needed.” In his research, Dr. Batsis focuses on obesity and physical function in older adults. … Read more

Dr Josh Niznik: Deprescribing Versus Continuing Medications

December 8, 2023

It’s common for older adults to take multiple medications. And while some patients  choose to take as few medications as possible, Dr. Josh Niznik says that others, “cling to their medications for some source of security.” In light of this, some prescribers may find it hard to deprescribe medications that patients have taken for years. … Read more

Dr. Batsis Attends National Council on Aging’s Obesity Roundtable

December 4, 2023

Dr. John Batsis was recently involved in a National Council on Aging Roundtable on Obesity and Equitable Aging. Held in Washington, DC, the event involved a number of professional organizations. It’s goals were to: shift the mindset on obesity so it is addressed as a serious chronic disease discuss the Patient Bill of Rights discuss … Read more

MSTAR Student Mary Kaufmann Wins Two ‘Best Poster’ Awards

November 16, 2023

Congratulation to MSTAR student Mary Kaufmann for winning Best Poster at two separate events and for two different posters. She won the overall poster competition at the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Conference. And at the annual 2023 Student Research Day, Kaufmann won Best Poster in the basic science category. Read the full article.

Batsis and Team Attend Annual Obesity Society Meeting

November 6, 2023

At the Obesity Society’s recent Obesity Week in Dallas, TX, associate professor Dr. John Batsis presented research, moderated sessions, and was included as part of the Coffee with Professors Q&As. Dr. Batsis chaired and moderated a joint symposium and on the four-step KAER framework. The steps include: Kickstart the conversation in primary care, Assess the … Read more