On pot & peppers:

“A common link between chili peppers and marijuana has implications for how we treat diabetes and colitis, as well as other conditions in the digestive tract.”

Huffington Post on a study by Immunology Professor Pramod Srivastava, April 26, 2017

On vending machines programmed to promote healthy snacks:

“There is a risk that people would get upset with the delay because people know it’s just to influence their behavior.”

Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center, on NPR, March 31, 2017

On the lack of physiological proof that men’s flu symptoms are worse than women’s:

“Maybe men just get whinier.”

Laura Haynes, immunologist, in STAT, March 2, 2017

On cellphone addiction:

“People are carrying around a portable dopamine pump, and kids have basically been carrying it around for the last 10 years.”

David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, in The New York Times, March 20, 2017

On more E.R. visits tied to energy drinks:

“. . . energy drinks are highly marketed to adolescent boys in ways that encourage risky behavior, including rapid and excessive consumption.”

Dr. Jennifer L. Harris, UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, in Reuters, April 26, 2017

On the fact that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens:

“In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure.”

Charles R. Venator-Santiago, associate professor of political science, in Time, March 5, 2017

On predicting the future using cliodynamics:

My model indicated that social instability and political violence would peak in the 2020s.”

Peter Turchin, professor of ecology and mathematics, Daily Mail, Jan. 5, 2017

On checking heart rate data from an exercise monitor:

“She may have died if she hadn’t checked her Fitbit.”

Dr. JuYong Lee, UConn John Dempsey Hospital, on NBC’s “Today Show,” April 6, 2017

On creating fake news:

“Denial always starts with a cadre of pseudo-experts with some credentials that create a facade of credibility.”

Seth Kalichman, professor of psychology, in New Scientist, March 23, 2017

On treating a broken heart:

Believe it or not, Broken Heart Syndrome is a real phenomenon . . . it presents similarly to a heart attack . . . and often is precipitated by an emotionally or physically stressful life event, such as a loss of a loved one.

Dr. Sara Tabtabai, Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health, Health News Digest, Feb. 9, 2017


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