Faculty Profile: Deborah Mayer

Deborah Mayer is an associate professor at the School of Nursing and a member of the UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Prevention and Control program. Dr. Mayer’s research is on cancer survivorship. Read more about her in a faculty profile on page 4 of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Spring newsletter here.

Excerpt:
“I will do anything that’s involved with improving cancer care,” says Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, associate professor of nursing and member of UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Prevention and Control program. Her work improves cancer care locally and nationally, and nursing was always her career choice. “I wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old,” she says. “I never wavered.”

Dr. Yeo: Exercise During Pregnancy Differs for Each Woman

, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, spoke with the Fayetteville Observer about exercising during pregnancy.

Excerpt:
It differs for each woman, said Dr. SeonAe Yeo, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing.

As a general rule of thumb, Yeo said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that healthy women with healthy pregnancies should have moderate intensity exercise about 30 minutes a day, while avoiding contact sports, scuba diving and horseback riding…

…”How much is too much is really dependant on what kind of sports and exercise they are accustomed to,” she said.  It would be a mistake to begin a hard-core program during pregnancy, she said. It’s also dangerous for pregnant women to become overheated, she said…

Schutzer and Yeo said many physically fit pregnant women tend to go to lower impact workouts, such as walking or yoga, during pregnancy. “Many pregnant women in my exercise studies often express that they switch to yoga, and they feel much better,” Yeo said. “In one study, I found that stretching exercises prevented (pregnancy-induced hypertension) more than walking.”

Read the full story: Pregnant women try to balance fitness, safety.

Dr. Yeo studies the physiologic effects of physical activities and exercise on the prevention of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia among previously sedentary pregnant women, obesity and depressive symptoms during pregnancy, and has performed randomized clinical trials of exercise.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

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Dean Swanson Talks about Healing After Miscarriage

In a Q&A on the yahoo.com site “Shine,” Dr. Kristen Swanson, Dean of the Chapel Hill School of Nursing discusses the process of healing after a miscarriage.

In the article, Dean Swanson says, “One of the first things I say to couples who come to see me is that when you lose something, you have to name it for yourself to know what it is. You also have to allow your partner to name for his or herself. Usually, for the mother—it’s the loss of a child that is the hardest. Interestingly, for a lot of partners, their biggest loss is their access to their partner, this feeling of “I wish I could do something to lift her out of this but I don’t know what to do.”

Read the complete article: On Lisa Ling’s new website, women find ways to cope with tragedy

Dean Swanson: linking teacher’s miscarriage to fight and fall may be premature

Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN

A high school Spanish teacher in New York City miscarried last week after she fell to the ground while breaking up a fight between two students. ABC.com interviewed the Dean of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Kristen Swanson about the incident in the story Teacher Breaks Up Fight, and Miscarries (Swanson is in the text story, not the video).

In the story, Dean Swanson, who is an expert in miscarriage, comments:

 Batista faces a “constant coming to terms with loss. It’s a death of a life that was short. It’s a death that’s a bit confusing, because you never got to meet the person you’re grieving. But you’re also grieving the loss of yourself as a mother or dad and the scenario around it that never gets to be,” she said.

“We don’t know what ultimately could have caused it,” she said. “It could very easily have been that there was a silent miscarriage happening all along and it just began to complete itself at that time — coincidental to it, not caused by it.”

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