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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 »

Dr. Rebecca Wells joins Health Policy and Administration Department

(Chapel Hill, NC) — Rebecca Wells, PhD, MHSA, has joined the faculty of the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration as an assistant professor. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Wells was an assistant professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University, where she was a member of the faculty… Read more »

Student Affairs welcomes Kathy Graham, career services manager

August 30, 2006 Photograph of Kathy Graham Kathy Graham joined the School’s Student Affairs staff this month as career services manager. Graham provides career development assistance for undergraduate and graduate public health students on topics such as resume and CV development, interviewing and job searching. Graham plans to further develop the School’s relationships with potential… Read more »

Board of Trustees approves two new department chairs in the School of Public Health

August 23, 2006 The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of two academic chairs in the School of Public Health, both of whom are long-term, internationally renowned faculty members at UNC. Andrew F. Olshan, PhD, will lead the department of epidemiology, and Michael D. Aitken, PhD, will direct the department… 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 »

Linda Southern selected to receive Staff Excellence Award

  August 18, 2006 Linda Southern, registrar and student services manager for the Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been chosen as the 2006 recipient of the School of Public Health’s Staff Excellence Award. She has been with the University since 1989 and has served as department registrar since July 2002. Southern’s nomination packet… 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 »