Health Center in the News — July 3, 2012

Teen Pot Use at 30-Year Peak — Are We Too Lax?

Hartford Courant, June 25, 2012

“Marijuana is not as innocent as it is being perceived,” said Yifrah Kaminer, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Kaminer spends a good deal of his time trying to help area kids who can’t kick their marijuana addiction. Often, they come from communities where folks don’t want to talk about a surge in marijuana use.

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The Latest, Dangerous Drug Fads: Baths Salts & Freon

Aired on Fox CT, June 27, 2012

Amy Hanoian-Fontana from the Connecticut Poison Control Center discusses two dangerous drug trends with Logan Byrnes on FOX CT.

“Marijuana is not as innocent as it is being perceived,” said Yifrah Kaminer, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Kaminer spends a good deal of his time trying to help area kids who can’t kick their marijuana addiction. Often, they come from communities where folks don’t want to talk about a surge in marijuana use.

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AMA Acknowledges Health Implications of Light at Night

Aired on WNPR-FM, June 27, 2012

Department of Community Medicine and Health Care professor Richard Stevens joins WNPR’s Ray Hardman on “Morning Edition” to discuss the American Medical Association’s acknowledgement of the adverse health effects associated with exposure to artificial light at night. The AMA’s action is based on recommendations in a report Stevens helped write and is likely to lead to further study of exposure to light at night, circadian rhythm disruption, and melatonin suppression, with implications for conditions including breast cancer, diabetes and obesity.

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Father’s Day Prostate Health Update

Aired on WTIC NewsTalk 1080, June 17, 2012

Dr. Peter Albertsen, chief of Urology, discusses prostate cancer and prostate health with Bill Pearse for a Father’s Day edition of “At Home in Connecticut” on WTIC NewsTalk 1080. The AMA’s action is based on recommendations in a report Stevens helped write and is likely to lead to further study of exposure to light at night, circadian rhythm disruption, and melatonin suppression, with implications for conditions including breast cancer, diabetes and obesity.

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Sunscreen Helpful, But Not a Free Pass

Aired on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 and 96.5 TIC-FM, June 10, 2012

Dermatologist Diane Whitaker-Worth joins Sam Gingerella on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 to clear up some misperceptions about sunscreen and recommend ways to avoid the damaging effects of sun exposure.

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