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    Accolades, Awards and Appointments Archive

    Congratulations to department faculty who received the following accolades, awards and appointments, February 1 – February 29, 2024. Amanda Nelson, MD, has been promoted to Professor of Medicine. Andrew Moon, MD, is leading a clinical trail site aimed at validating point-of-care hepatitis C RNA tests in nationwide effort to eradicate hepatitis C. Yohei Hisada, PhD, has been accep … Read more

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    UNC Geriatrics Discusses Heart Failure and Guardianship on Core IM Podcast

    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 failure … Read more

  • Dr. Meredith Gilliam Speaks to AARP About Diagnosing Depression

    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

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    The Chronic Disease of Obesity

    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 disease by medical … Read more

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    Duke/UNC ADRC Announces Research Curriculum

    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 … Read more

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    How Risky Are Weight Loss Drugs for Older Adults?

    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 loss of muscle and bone, nutrient deficiencies, … Read more

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    Antiobesity Drugs Take Center Stage at Annual ObesityWeek Conference

    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. During the meeting, Batsis and other … Read more

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    2024 Fellows Match to the Department of Medicine

    The Department of Medicine is honored to welcome new Tar Heel trainees! The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released results for the 2023 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match on November 29. More than 7,000 applicants matched to advanced training positions. After a successful Match, the following fellows will join Department subspecialties in July 2024. Division of … Read more

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    Dr Josh Niznik: Deprescribing Versus Continuing Medications

    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. Specifically, these older patients may feel … Read more

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

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

    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 the Treat, Reduce Obesity Act support a call to … Read more

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    MSTAR Student Mary Kaufmann Wins Two ‘Best Poster’ Awards

    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.

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    Batsis and Team Attend Annual Obesity Society Meeting

    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 individual, Evaluat … Read more