Long-Term Care in North Carolina

As North Carolina’s population ages, an increasing number of elderly individuals will need long-term care. Fortunately, a variety of options are available for older adults, including nursing homes, assisted living, and home- and community-based resources. This issue of the NCMJ also covers topics such as fall prevention, advance care planning, caregiver support, adaptive leadership and person-directed care, and behavioral interventions for dementia. TABLE OF CONTENTS | FULL ISSUE (pdf) »

  • 75(6) Improving population health
  • 76(1) Rural health
  • 76(2) Traumatic brain injury

The Impact of Maltreatment on the Developing Child

INVITED COMMENTARY Child maltreatment represents an extreme traumatic insult to the developing child. Chronic traumatic exposure during childhood may lead to persistent changes in brain structure and chemistry that contribute to long-term dysfunction.

Breast Cancer Screening

INVITED COMMENTARY Mammography remains the primary technique for breast cancer screening. Women with dense breast tissue may benefit from digital mammography and tomosynthesis, and women at high risk may benefit from magnetic resonance imaging. However, false-positive results are problematic. The North Carolina breast density law necessitates education about screening options for women with dense breasts.

A Renaissance in Pharmacy Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

INVITED COMMENTARY The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is transforming its doctor of pharmacy program to emphasize active engagement of students in the classroom, foster scientific inquiry and innovation, and immerse students in patient care early in their education. The admissions process is also being reengineered.

BrdsNBz: A Text-Messaging Forum for Improving the Sexual Health of Adolescents in North Carolina

INVITED SIDEBAR The BrdsNBz Text Message Warm Line (hereafter, “BrdsNBz”) was launched by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina in February 2009 to address the sexual-health needs of our state’s teenage population. The primary objective of BrdsNBz is to provide a trusted forum for adolescents to ask questions and receive medically accurate information about their sexual health.