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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 »

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 »

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 »