Health Center in the News – December 2013

Health Center in the News
Health Center in the News
Dr. Thomas Trojian
Dr. Thomas Trojian

Mandatory Helmets for Snowboarding?

WTIC 1080 News, Dec. 23, 2013
Dr. Thomas Trojian, director of the UConn Health Center’s Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach Programs, comments on the prevalence of head injuries in winter sports in light of a new policy at a local ski resort to require helmets on the slopes. Michael Guerrera reports in the WTIC 1080 News at 3 p.m. (Dec. 23, 2013,)

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Dr. Rebecca Andrews
Dr. Rebecca Andrews

Do Vitamin Pills Actually Do Anything?

WNPR-FM, Dec. 19, 2013

A group of doctors in a leading medical journal are issuing a blunt warning to consumers: “stop wasting money” on vitamins…. Rebecca Andrews is a primary care doctor who teaches medicine at UConn. “The editorial was pretty spot on,” Andrews said. “If you’re spending a lot of money on vitamins and you like your fruits and vegetables and you’d rather spend that money on fruits and vegetables, you’re going to get better health from doing that.”

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Dr. William White
Dr. William White

Blood Pressure Guidelines Can Be Loosened, Panel Says

New York Times, Dec. 18, 2013

Hypertension experts said they did not have a precise figure on how many Americans would be affected by the new guidelines. But Dr. William B. White, the president of the American Society of Hypertension, said it was “a huge number for sure.” He estimated that millions of people over 60 had blood pressures between 140 and 150. Dr. Paul A. James, the chairman of the department of family medicine at the University of Iowa and co-chairman of the guidelines committee, said, “If you get patients’ blood pressure below 150, I believe you are doing as well as can be done based on scientific evidence.”

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Dr. Rob Fuller in the Philippines
Dr. Robert Fuller (International Medical Corps/Margaret Aguirre)

UConn Doctor Helps in Philippines Following Typhoon Haiyan

Hartford Courant, Dec. 10, 2013

As international aid descended on the hardest hit areas of the Philippines last month following Typhoon Haiyan, so did Dr. Robert Fuller – at times by helicopter. Fuller, a 49-year-old West Hartford resident and chief of emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, spent about two weeks in the devastated area.

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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bruder
Dr. Mary Beth Bruder

Experts Develop Autism Guidelines for Use Statewide

Hartford Courant, Dec. 9, 2013

“We want to have consistency throughout the state, so that a child in Greenwich would have the same evaluation done as a child in Hartford,” said Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, a professor of pediatrics and educational psychology at the University of Connecticut. “We have disparities, not just racial and income, but where there are trained clinicians.”

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Dr. Cheryl Oncken
Dr. Cheryl Oncken

In Pregnancy, What’s Worse? Cigarettes or the Nicotine Patch?

WNPR Radio, Nov. 25, 2013

For example, the study of pregnant smokers in the U.K. is hard to interpret because only 7 percent of the women who got nicotine patches actually used them correctly, says Dr. Cheryl Oncken, a researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The rest simply stopped using the patches after a few weeks. In her own research, Oncken has found that nicotine gum does help.

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Dr. Julian Ford
Dr. Julian Ford

Treating Trauma Before Anger Gets Teens in Trouble

CTLatinoNews.com, Nov. 21, 2013

The Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, which is based at the University of Connecticut Health Center, provides training for people – including judges, probation officers, teachers and parents – who work with teens who have been arrested or are at risk for arrest.

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