Oct 162014
 

East Carolina University’s Medical & Health Sciences Foundation leadership is taking steps to better align their efforts with the aims of the overall health sciences enterprise.

Strategic planning for the foundation kicked off with a retreat in New Bern on Sept. 26-27. Though the university and the ECU Foundation have produced strategic plans with great success, this is the first time the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation has taken on such a project.

“Over the last two years, the (Medical & Health Sciences Foundation) board has become more engaged than ever before,” said Marcy W. Romary, interim president of the foundation. “We want to take the board to the next level by considering how we can be helpful and better engaged with the division.”

She added, “There’s also great competition for dollars today – in the community, in the state and in general. We need to respond to that.”

A preliminary draft of vision, mission, key objectives and strategies for the foundation is scheduled for presentation and revision in October. Carol Mabe, a member of the ECU Board of Trustees, is leading the planning process.

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Oct 142014
 

Laupus Library is now offering assistance with systematic reviews (SRs).  Systematic reviews are a form of evidence-based practice with scientific investigations, pre-planned methods and an assembly of original studies as their “subjects.”  These investigations also use strategies to limit bias and random error.

The goal of systematic review is to provide evidence-based healthcare by integrating clinical expertise with the best clinical evidence from systematic research.

“Well-conducted systematic reviews systematically identify, select, assess, and synthesize the relevant body of research, and will help make clear what is known and not known about the potential benefits and harms of alternative drugs, devices, and other healthcare services. Thus, systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research (CER) can be essential for clinicians who strive to integrate research findings into their daily practices, for patients to make well informed choices about their own care, for professional medical societies and other organizations that develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), and for payers and policy makers. SRs can also inform medical coverage decisions and be used to set agendas and funding for primary research by highlighting gaps in evidence.” (IOM p. 17.)

The Institute of Medicine recommends working with a librarian or other information specialist to plan out your search strategy and to peer-review the final strategy used.

For more information about this new service please visit: http://libguides.ecu.edu/systematicreviewservice or call 252-744-2219 or 252-744-2230.

References: Institute of Medicine, Eden, J., Laura A. Levit, Alfred O. Berg, & Morton, S. C. 2011. Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews National Academies Press.

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Oct 072014
 

The College of Allied Health Sciences celebrated homecoming weekend at East Carolina University Oct. 3 with a reception held in the Health Sciences Building lobby. With over 150 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College registered to attend, the building was full of excited patrons exploring the various departments and enjoying a “treasure hunt” throughout the College.

Dean Stephen Thomas and Director of Development Pat Frede embrace after he learns the Leadership Legacy Student Fund  has been renamed to the Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Leadership Legacy Student Fund.

Dean Stephen Thomas and Director of Development Pat Frede embrace after he learns the Leadership Legacy Student Fund has been renamed to the Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Leadership Legacy Student Fund.

The CAHS homecoming event began with a reception in the lobby where guests were treated with a performance from the ECU women’s a Capella group, The Magnolia Belles. Following welcoming remarks from Dean Stephen Thomas, who celebrated his last homecoming with the College before his upcoming retirement and Sydney Humphreys, student liaison to the Dean, Director of Development Pat Frede took the podium to present Dr. Thomas with a surprise.  The CAHS Advancement Council along with the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation has renamed the Student Leadership Legacy Fund to the Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Leadership Legacy Student Fund.  Dr. Thomas said he was made “speechless” by the honor and was grateful that a fund he feels so passionate about now holds his name.

After hearing instructions for the evening from Dr. Kathleen Cox, department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, representatives from the ECU Ambassadors and CAHS Student Leaders Council led those in attendance throughout the College to learn more about each department and see presentations from faculty and students. The Operation Re-Entry van, a grant-funded mobile clinic that aids veterans across eastern North Carolina in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies was also available in the parking lot for tours and demonstrations. Alumni also used the homecoming event to meet up with fellow members of their graduating class. The Department of Physical Therapy class of 211984 had a reunion after the general reception with around 20 members of the class and faculty from that time enjoying a tour of the PT labs before gathering for dinner.  Many of the alumni were surprised and thrilled to see the new advances in technology available for students since their years in the program.

At the end of the event, everyone who toured through the departments and marked off their “treasure map” was able to pick some “pirate booty” from the CAHS treasure chest of goodies donated by each department.

View more photos from the event at www.ecu.edu/ah/news2.cfm.

Sep 302014
 
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
  • Use a soft bristled brush and replace it every three or four months.
  • Make sure to use an American Dental Association-approved fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque from between your teeth in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Limit between meal snacking.
  • Keep added sugar in your diet to a minimum by making wise food and beverage choices.
  • Include dairy, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and water in your diet—they all play a role in your dental health.

Find these and many other oral health tips on the American Dental Association website at www.mouthhealthy.org.

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Students, resident and faculty providers at the ECU School of Dental Medicine offer a full range of dental services at reduced cost for adults and children at these locations:

ECU School of Dental Medicine
Ledyard E. Ross Hall
Greenville, N.C.
Phone 252-737-7834

Ahoskie, N.C.
100 Health Center Drive
Phone 252-332-1904

Elizabeth City, N.C.
1161 North Road Street
Phone 252-331-7225

Lillington, N.C.
80 Autumn Fern Trail
Phone 910-814-4191

Sylva, N.C.
316 County Services Park
Phone 828-586-1200

Visit www.ecu.edu/dental.

Sep 232014
 

Between 90,000 and 100,000 Americans are living with sickle cell disease today and approximately 125 infants are born with it every year in North Carolina – 25 of them in eastern North Carolina. September has been designated National Sickle Cell Awareness Month to increase awareness of their plight.

“Normal red blood cells are soft and round and can squeeze through tiny blood vessels. They carry oxygen to all parts of the body through a substance called hemoglobin,” said Dr. Beng Fuh, director of hematology and oncology for the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine.

Fuh said sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that occurs predominantly in African-Americans. The red blood cells of people with the disease contain mostly abnormal hemoglobin, which causes their red blood cells to stiffen, bend into the shape of a sickle – a curved tool once used to harvest wheat – and sometimes block small blood vessels. Complications include anemia, tissue and organ damage, strokes and excruciating pain.

Because blood transfusions are one of the main treatments for these complications, ECU’s Sickle Cell Awareness Committee has partnered with the local American Red Cross to encourage eligible donors to give blood in September to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for people living with this disease.

ECU’s sickle cell disease program is one of the largest in the state with approximately 900 adult and pediatric patients.