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UNC testing new treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

September 08, 2006   UNC Hospitals is leading a nationwide clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation against standard treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.   Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which repeated acid reflux causes the cells that normally line the esophagus to be… Read more »

Mistreated children more likely to smoke, drink, fight and suffer from depression as adolescents

September 05, 2006 Children who are left home alone, physically neglected, physically assaulted or sexually abused are more likely to smoke cigarettes or marijuana, drink alcohol, abuse inhalants and be depressed or violent when they reach adolescence, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public… Read more »

UNC’s total research revenues reach all-time high, leave room to grow

August 23, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grew its total amount of research grants and contracts in fiscal year 2006 to a new high of $593 million. The total represents a 2.4 percent increase from fiscal 2005′s $579 million, and more than twice the amount the university received as recently as… Read more »

Primary care billing data can help track emerging infections, UNC pilot study finds

August 17, 2006 Billing data routinely collected by primary care providers can help public health authorities detect outbreaks of emerging infections, according to a pilot study conducted by UNC researchers. The study, published in the July/August 2006 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, tracked standardized illness codes recorded each day at a primary care… Read more »

Computer automated e-counseling improves weight loss success

August 16, 2006 Behavioral counseling that is computer automated can enhance weight loss for individuals following an Internet-based weight loss program, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. Dr. Deborah Tate “As more consumers seek information on the web, it’s… Read more »

Ribisl briefs Congressional task force on impact of Internet cigarette sales

August 10, 2006 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal legislation that would regulate buying and selling of tobacco products online could significantly reduce youth access to cigarettes via the Internet and ensure taxes are properly collected, Carolina School of Public Health faculty and alumni recently told the Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health. Dr. Kurt Ribisl… Read more »

UNC study shows ingredient commonly found in shampoos may inhibit brain development

August 04, 2006 An ingredient found in many shampoos and other personal care products appears to interfere with normal brain development in baby mice when applied to the skin of pregnant mice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have discovered. When Diethanolamine (DEA) was applied to the skin of pregnant mice, the fetuses… Read more »

School of Public Health researchers develop emergency preparedness training for daycare providers

  July 29, 2006 Emergency preparedness and response training materials developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health are being used to help North Carolina daycare providers and staff members prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. The “Emergency Preparedness and Response for Child Care Training Module,”… Read more »

UNC preparedness experts help train avian flu responders around the world

July 25, 2006 Jen Horney, NCCPHP Assistant Director BANGKOK, Thailand – The way health officials respond when the first cases of avian flu are reported in their countries could mean the difference between a few contained cases and the start of a widespread outbreak. To help health officials prepare to respond as efficiently as possible,… Read more »

Teen construction workers in NC often perform risky, prohibited tasks

July 03, 2006 Most teenaged construction workers in North Carolina are doing jobs that are considered risky or are prohibited by federal and state labor laws, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study published this week in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.The study was based on telephone survey… Read more »