Nov 252014


Mon Nov 24, 2014

Forty-seven physicians from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 “Best Doctors in America” list.

The annual list is compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based group that surveys more than 45,000 physicians across the United States who previously have been included in the listing, and asks who they would choose to treat themselves or their families.

Approximately 5 percent of the physicians who practice in the United States make the annual list. A partial list of the state’s best doctors will appear in the December issue of “Business North Carolina” magazine. The full list is online at

The ECU physicians on the list are Dr. Diana J. Antonacci, child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Mary Jane Barchman, nephrology; Dr. L. Lorraine Basnight, pediatrics; Dr. Paul Bolin Jr., nephrology; Dr. Susan B. Boutilier, pediatric neurology; Dr. Mark Bowling, pulmonary medicine; Dr. Nathan Brinn, internal medicine and pediatrics; Dr. William A. Burke, dermatology; Dr. Elaine Cabinum-Foeller, pediatric child advocacy; Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., cardiothoracic surgery; Dr. David N. Collier, pediatric healthy weight; Dr. Paul P. Cook, infectious diseases; Dr. John M. Diamond, child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Raymond Dombroski, maternal fetal medicine; Dr. Jonathan Firnhaber, family medicine; Dr. John W. Gibbs III, neurology; Dr. David Hannon, pediatric cardiology; Dr. Robert Harland, surgery; Dr. Eleanor Harris, radiation oncology; Dr. Glenn Harris, pediatric critical care; Dr. Karen Hillenbrand, pediatrics; Dr. Thomas G. Irons, pediatrics; Dr. Yash P. Kataria, pulmonary medicine; Dr. Susan Keen, family medicine; Dr. Greg W. Knapp, family medicine and Dr. Lars C. Larsen, family medicine.

Also listed are Dr. Suzanne Lazorick, pediatrics; Dr. Gary I. Levine, family medicine; Dr. Scott S. MacGilvray, neonatal medicine; Dr. Kaye L. McGinty, child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Daniel P. Moore, rehabilitation and physical medicine; Dr. Dale A. Newton, internal medicine and pediatrics; Dr. Edward R. Newton, maternal fetal medicine; Dr. William E. Novotny, pediatric critical care; Dr. John M. Olsson, pediatrics; Dr. Ronald M. Perkin, pediatric critical care and pediatric sleep medicine; Dr. C. Steven Powell, vascular surgery; Dr. Keith M. Ramsey, infectious diseases; Dr. Michael Reichel, pediatric developmental and behavioral problems; Dr. Charlie J. Sang Jr., pediatric cardiology; Dr. Robert A. Shaw, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine; Dr. Kenneth Steinweg, family medicine; Dr. Eric Toshlog, trauma and critical care surgery; Dr. Danielle S. Walsh, pediatric surgery; Dr. Ricky Watson, family medicine; Dr. Charles Frederick Willson, pediatrics and Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, surgical oncology.

Nov 252014


By Jane Dail
November 25, 2014

Two mornings a week, East Carolina University students make their way into the Pitt County Animal Shelter, sign in, grab a pedometer and attach a leash to one of the dogs who are happy to trot beside them during their regular walks around nearby Alice F. Keene Park.

The dog walks are actually part of an ECU fitness walking class. The class allows students to gain class credit and stay fit while also benefiting some of the dogs in the shelter.

Class instructor Melanie Sartore said she and Stacey Altman, chairwoman of the Department of Kinesiology, are dog lovers and had talked about the idea for a while. Sartore said they worked with a graduate student earlier this year who helped make contacts and start the first class in the spring semester.

Altman said her department is constantly looking for different activities to allow students to stay fit, and dog walking seemed to fit right in.

She said she recently visited the shelter where she heard about a program in which volunteers run with shelter dogs during 5K races.

“I thought, ‘Gosh, we’ve got a fitness walking class. Wouldn’t it be great if the dogs were conditioned maybe to run and just to make them more adoptable with the exercise we get?’” Altman asked.

Shelter Manager Michelle Whaley said the classes help with socialization, leash training and also allow her staff to learn more about the dogs.

She said the students gauge how well the dogs walk on leashes and alert her staff to any potential medical issues they may notice during the one-on-one walks.

Whaley said she has also seen more dogs being adopted, which she said is partially due to the training and exercise from the class.

“We’ve been able to keep a consistency, which is unusual, because we usually have peaks,” she said about the shelter’s population. “I think they’re helping us keep it level, which is exciting for us.”

Some of the students even come out to volunteer on their off days or stay late after class to make sure all the dogs have been walked.

“For us it’s also getting us new advocates,” Whaley said. “Most of these kids have never come to a shelter, had no idea where we were or what we did.”

Even Sartore embraced the volunteer spirit by agreeing to foster one of the shelter’s dogs.

“(Sartore) is 100 percent involved in the program, so she is setting an example,” Whaley said.

Though one student taking the class in the summer ended up adopting a puppy, Sartore said students who fall in love with the dogs are realistic about the responsibility of owning one.

She said the class is becoming popular and has a higher enrollment for the spring.

Altman said the class is unique to ECU and goes along with the university’s motto “Servire,” which means to serve.

“We have a student body that believes in service,” she said. “Not only do they get class credit, they get their exercise, they get their own stress management, but they’re getting service hours, as well.”

Whaley said she appreciates the continued support from the class and hopes this will serve as a catalyst for other partnerships with the university.

“I hope it’s the start of even more where all of us use our strengths to make it a little bit better,” she said.

Sam Soares, a junior studying community health, decided to attend the class and also convinced her roommate Lauren Bohannon to join.

Soares said she learned in class about dogs becoming “kennel crazy” when they spend too much time in confined spaces.

“It’s good to get them out so they’re not stuck in that kennel 24-7,” she said. “They’ll be less crazy, so when people do come to see them they’re not all wound up.”

Bohannon, a junior studying health services management, said the goal of the class is to walk every dog, and students are sometimes able to fit in small lessons such as teaching them to sit.

“Some of them have been here since they were puppies, so this is all they know, their kennel,” Bohannon said. “… But we try to get them on the leash to try to get them accustomed to the leash before they get adopted so people don’t have hard times with them.”

Though it is too cost prohibitive to own a dog while in college, Bohannon said she and her roommate enjoy spending time with them so they can help dogs in need.

“You fall in love with a dog every single classtime,” she said. “Every time you’re like, ‘Wow, I want to take her. No, I want to take him home. Obviously you can’t take all of them home because we’re students, but it’s just nice to be able to come and hang out with dogs because we can’t have them ourselves.”

Nov 252014


Posted by Jesslyn Chew-Missouri on November 24, 2014

New research suggests that a moderate amount of soda won’t have much of an impact on an active teenager’s metabolic health.

Sugar-sweetened drinks are the biggest source of added sugar in the diets of US teenagers, and young adults ages 15-20 consume more of these drinks than any other age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adolescent obesity rates, which have quadrupled over the past 30 years, led to widespread scrutiny of added dietary sugars, especially those found in carbonated beverages.

Now, researchers have found that short-term, moderate consumption of high-fructose and high-glucose beverages has little impact on the metabolic health of weight-stable, physically active adolescents.

“These beverages may not be as unhealthy for adolescents as previously thought, provided that kids stay active,” says Jill Kanaley, professor and associate chair in the University of Missouri department of nutrition and exercise physiology.

“That physical activity component is really critical in protecting against some of the negative effects of drinking large amounts of sugar-sweetened drinks demonstrated in previous studies.”

Kanaley’s study measured several aspects of metabolic health, including insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels, after participants had consumed moderate amounts of either high-glucose or high-fructose beverages every day for two weeks.

The high-glucose drink contained 50 grams of glucose and 15 grams of fructose; the high-fructose drink contained 50 grams of fructose and 15 grams of glucose.

In comparison, two 12-ounce cans of white soda contain about 50 grams of fructose, although the amount of sugar found in soft drinks varies by brand and type. The researchers used armbands with electronic sensors to monitor physical activity of the participants, who were healthy male and female adolescents ages 15-20.

Although some research has shown that consuming sugary drinks can have detrimental metabolic effects, Kanaley says that the results of these studies have been inconsistent. Previous research often has excluded adolescents and did not measure participants’ levels of physical activity.
Not athletes, but active

In one of her previous studies, which recently appeared in Medicine in Science and Sports, Kanaley found that increased physical activity diminished negative effects associated with high-fructose diets.

“Many parents of adolescents worry about their children’s consumption of sweetened beverages,” Kanaley says.

“I certainly would recommend that they work to reduce their children’s intake of sugary drinks, but it also is important for kids to remain active, especially if they are drinking a lot of sugary beverages.

“In our study, the female adolescents averaged around 8,000 steps per day, and the males averaged about 10,000 steps per day. These children weren’t athletes, but they had active lifestyles.”

Kanaley’s article, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was partially funded by a grant from the JR Albert Foundation, which provides support to nonprofit organizations promoting healthy living and wellness.

Other MU researchers on the study included Ying Liu, Young-Min Park and Nathan Winn. Timothy Heden, who recently completed his doctorate at MU and currently is a postdoctoral fellow at East Carolina University, was listed as first author on the study.

Nov 242014


By Brian Haines
November 22, 2014

GREENVILLE — History didn’t happen for Justin Hardy on a majestic, one-handed touchdown reception, or a made-for-TV 80-yard streak pattern. History occurred when the East Carolina wide receiver hauled in an 8-yard Shane Carden pass on curl route to break the FBS record for most career receptions.

It was only fitting that Hardy, a former walk-on who has always exhibited a blue-collar work ethic, set the mark on such a workmanlike route.

History also didn’t happen overnight for Hardy, who has had to scratch and claw his way on to the team and into the record books.

The catch came with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter of ECU’s 34-6 victory over Tulane and was Hardy’s 350th of his career, eclipsing former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles’ mark of 349 set in 2011.

“I’m very proud of his accomplishments,” ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “When you can say that you’re the best in the history of something, the history of college football, that’s saying something. And it’s here at East Carolina University, my alma mater.”

Hardy entered Saturday’s game standing four catches away from college football immortality, and tied the record on a 22-yard gain in the first quarter.

It wasn’t until the second possession of the second quarter that Hardy made history. The possession began after linebacker Maurice Falls stepped in front of a Tanner Lee pass to give the offense the ball at the Tulane 44-yard line. One play later, Carden connected with Hardy on the curl route.

“He just does everything so well,” Carden said. “He’s routes are great, his hands are great and he has a great feel for the game on the field.

“Obviously, off the field we are close, but he just puts so much work into this game whether it’s in the film room or in the offseason throwing with us.”

Hardy, who is ECU’s all-time leader in career receptions (355), yards (4,153) and touchdown receptions (32), finished the game with nine catches for 104 yards.

The game was Hardy’s 15th 100-yard receiving game of his career, while his 4,153 receiving yards is the 13th highest total in FBS history.

Nov 252014


By Brian Haines
November 25, 2014

GREENVILLE — The Pirates know the odds are against them, but that won’t stop them from continuing to battle for an American Athletic Conference crown.

With two games left in its regular season schedule, East Carolina (7-3, 4-2) finds itself in second place trailing league leaders Memphis (8-3, 6-1), Cincinnati (7-3, 5-1) and Central Florida (7-3, 5-1). Though ECU lost its head-to-head matchup with the Bearcats, it will face UCF in its regular season finale. Until then, the Pirates must hope for Memphis and Cincinnati to stumble sometime over the next two games.

It’s a longshot, but East Carolina Ruffin McNeill refuses to give up.

“We’ve never approached it as being over,” McNeill said. “We were disappointed because we had some tough, tough losses. Time ran out on us in those games.

“In this business you know you have a chance. You have an opportunity. You’re never out of a fight. The fight is never done.”

The Pirates took the fight to Tulane over the weekend, as they snapped a two-game losing streak behind a record-setting performance by wide receiver Justin Hardy and a stellar effort from its defense that resulted in a 34-6 victory.

Hardy caught nine passes for 104 yards and in the process grabbed the 350th catch of his career to break Ryan Broyles Football Bowl Subdivison record for career receptions.

ECU kept the Green Wave out of the end zone, limiting Tulane to 24 rushing yards in 27 attempts.

“Defensively, we were great against the run,” McNeill said. “We gave up 0.9 yards per carry. We got them in third down situations where we could affect the quarterback. We gave up some, but they were 5-of-18 on third downs.”

The defensive effort was spearheaded by inside linebackers Brandon Williams and Zeek Bigger, who combined for 21 tackles and one pass breakup.

“They’re smart football players and athletic,” McNeill said. “Brandon has played outstanding, and so has Zeek. They complement each other. We don’t take those guys off the field. They’re every down linebackers.”

That duo will be put to the test when ECU travels to Tulsa (2-9, 2-5) on Friday. Led by quarterback Dane Evans, the Golden Hurricane ranks fourth in the AAC in total offense (414.7 yards per game) and averages 24 points per game.

Field corner up for grabs: Sophomore field corner DaShaun Amos got the first start of his career against Tulane, replacing junior Josh Hawkins. Following the Pirates 54-46 loss to Cincinnati, defensive coordinator Rick Smith was not pleased with Hawkin’s effort. Hawkins leads ECU in interceptions (4) and was arguably the team’s best corner in the first half of the season.

Amos recorded two tackles and his first career sack.

On Monday, ECU’s depth chart had Hawkins listed atop of Amos, with an “or” between their names.

“We just play them. Amos has done a good job and Josh has too,” McNeill said. “Both are rangy and both are smart and have good fundamentals. They’re both good football players.”

Injury report: Defensive end Demage Bailey and wide receiver Trevon Brown will both be out Friday with knee injuries. Defensive back Cody Purdie will also be sidelined as a result of a wrist injury.

Nov 252014


By Nathan Summers
November 25, 2014

East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill continued to champion on Monday afternoon his team’s bounce-back victory against Tulane last weekend in his usual team-first way. And in a rare but understandable departure, he also continued to sing the praises of senior wide receiver Justin Hardy.

As the Pirates (7-3, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) geared up for yet another short week leading up to Friday night’s league contest at Tulsa, McNeill stressed the importance of ECU’s ability to deliver an emphatic 34-6 home victory over the Green Wave on the heels of two straight road losses.
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“You talk about resiliency, and you can say it, but to actually visually see it, I thought that game was a direct visual of resiliency for a team that had two setbacks, two tough losses,” McNeill said at Monday’s weekly news conference in advance of the Pirates’ 8:30 p.m. Black Friday meeting against the Golden Hurricane (2-9, 2-5), a team McNeill called “explosive” despite its struggles. “To come back and play as they did, I was so proud of them and the coaches.”

Almost no team in the country has been more explosive on offense than ECU, which enters its 11th game week of the season ranked second in the country in pass offense (367.3 yards per game) and third in total offense (547.2).

One of the vital cogs in those numbers is Hardy, who stole more national attention on Saturday when he passed Ryan Broyles on the NCAA’s all-time receptions list. As always, Hardy played a big role in the win in addition to making history, cashing in his sixth 100-yard game of the season.

McNeill, who took Hardy as a walk-on in 2010, continued to talk about the overall impact the receiver has had on ECU.

“Justin symbolizes what we want our program to stand for,” McNeill said. “He has a total commitment and dedication to the team, embraces his role which, of course, is a very high-priority role, but also finds ways to make the team better. Working his way from a walk-on to being one of the best receivers in the history of college football is a story that someone could make a movie or a book about.”
Isaiah’s insight

Like virtually every other receiver on the team, sophomore Isaiah Jones has looked up to Hardy since the day he arrived at ECU, and he got an up-close view of Hardy’s record-setting reception.

“It meant everything to me. I see Justin as another brother, and it was awesome and at that moment it was surreal,” said Jones, who broke a personal touchdown drought in the Tulane win, of watching Hardy’s record-breaking 350th catch. “I’m happy for him, so proud of him and proud of this team. We made history tonight.”

In two seasons spent with Hardy, Jones can point out very quickly where the senior has had the greatest impact on him.

“Learning how to be a playmaker and ultimately learning how to be a better person,” Jones said of what Hardy has taught him. “He’s genuine, he’s humble. He’s the most humble guy you’ll meet in your entire life.”
Injury report

The Pirates continue to have good fortune in terms of health this week, with just one additional injury to the two pre-existing ones.

Most notably, freshman receiver Trevon Brown (knee) remains on the shelf for a fourth straight game. Also still out indefinitely is redshirt freshman defensive end Demage Bailey (knee), while true freshman defensive back Cody Purdie (wrist) has joined the list.

McNeill said he is hopeful some or all of the injured players can make a return in time for the team’s bowl game.
Carden a semifinalist

The committee for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award included ECU senior quarterback Shane Carden as one of 16 semifinalists on Monday.

Other semifinalists include J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Trevone Boykin (TCU), Cayleb Jones (Arizona), Keevan Lucas (Tulsa), Samaje Perine (Oklahoma) and Bryce Petty (Baylor). The winner must meet one or more of the following criteria: Born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year Division I Texas college.

Carden graduated from Houston’s Episcopal High School.

Nov 252014


By Laura Keeley
November 25, 2014

The winner of the Duke-North Carolina football game has traditionally spray-painted the Victory Bell either dark or light blue immediately after the game. On Thursday, though, the Tar Heels were over-exuberant in their celebration after a 45-20 win, causing damage to the visiting locker room at Wallace Wade Stadium.

The spray paint primarily damaged the walls and carpet of the facility, which is in the Brooks Practice Facility behind Wallace Wade. Outside the locker room, someone spray painted the letters “UNC” on a wall, about 6 to 8 inches high, Kevin Best, a UNC football team spokesman said. Parts of the stadium wall and practice turf sustained minor damage as well.

Spraying the bell directly after the game is nothing new – in 2012, when Duke beat UNC for the first time since 2003, the Blue Devils’ celebration covered some sections of the track dark blue.

Some UNC officials were still on site Thursday night when Duke discovered the damage. On Friday, UNC head coach Larry Fedora called Duke head coach David Cutcliffe to apologize, and UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham did the same to Duke athletic director Kevin White.

The Tar Heels agreed to pay for the damages. No players will face discipline for the incident, Fedora said Monday. Cunningham and Fedora also released a joint statement through Best.

“We would like to apologize to the Duke Football program and Duke University for some inappropriate actions after last Thursday night’s game in Durham,” the statement read. “Our team took the celebration too far when they were painting the bell, resulting in damage to some of the facilities at Duke. We take full responsibility for our actions and will be paying for all costs associated with the cleanup. We view this as a rivalry built on mutual respect and we expect our players to behave better in a way that is more befitting of the rivalry.”

Nov 252014


By Jane Stancill
November 25, 2014

CHAPEL HILL — A former administrator who failed to take action that could have stopped academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill is no longer listed as director of the university’s Honors Semester in London for the spring of 2015.

Bobbi Owen, a professor of dramatic art who until this year was also a senior associate dean, had been listed as director of the study abroad program on the honors website last week. Her name was replaced with Ritchie Kendall, a professor of English and comparative literature.

James Leloudis, associate dean for honors at UNC-CH, said Monday in an email that he could not comment on a personnel matter.

According to the Oct. 22 Wainstein report that detailed 18 years of academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students, Owen had knowledge about the proliferation of independent study classes in African and Afro-American Studies around 2005 or 2006. Though evidence indicated she asked former AFAM Chairman Julius Nyang’oro to cut down on such classes, she took little or no action to get to the bottom of what was a widespread scheme of no-show classes disproportionately enrolled by athletes, the report said. Owen’s “inexplicable decision” not to press the issue allowed the bogus classes to go on for five more years, the report said.

In interviews with the team of Kenneth Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor hired by UNC-CH, Owen said she could not remember meeting with Nyang’oro about a large number of independent study courses under his name. She did say she had concerns about a departmental assistant, Deborah Crowder, signing grade change forms. Crowder was identified as the mastermind of the scheme by Wainstein.

Owen has not commented on the Wainstein report and is on a research leave this semester.