The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Thursday, October 8, 2015
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CAROL PLATT LIEBAU (President of the Yankee Institute of Connecticut) Today, the Yankee Institute is releasing its latest study, "Unequal Pay: Public vs. Private Sector Compensation in Connecticut." The study shows state employees receive 25 to 46 percent more compensation than similar non-government employees, raising concern about the fairness of state employee pay and benefits.

DR. RUSSELL SKINNER (An expert on DNA and genomics, and using genome mapping on his patients to screen for numerous diseases and to help select the most effective treatments.) STUDY: BEING TALL LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF CANCER A study of more than 5 million Swedish men and women suggests that the taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer. For every 4 additional inches of adult height, the study found that cancer risk was linked to an 18 percent increased cancer risk in women and 11 percent in men. Taller women had a 20 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer, the study reported. And for both men and women, the risk of developing melanoma increased by about 30 percent for every 4 inches of height, the researchers said. "This study confirms what other studies have shown," said the American Cancer Society's Susan Gapstur, who was not involved in the study. She added that previous research has also found a link between height and colon cancer. But Gapstur, who is vice president of epidemiology at the society, cautioned that these findings only show an association between height and cancer risk. They do not prove that being tall causes cancer. She stressed that height alone is not destiny. "Being tall doesn't mean that you will develop cancer," she said. So how might height and cancer risk be related? Gapstur said that height may be a sign of cancer risk. "Height may be a reflection of early age exposures. This study may provide a window to understand some early life exposures, since adult height is a reflection of genetics and what you are exposed to while you are growing up," she said. The results of the study were scheduled to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology in Barcelona, Spain. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. For the study, researchers reviewed information on 5.5 million people born in Sweden between 1938 and 1991. Their health was tracked beginning in 1958, or from when they were 20 (for those born in later years), until the end of 2011. Adult heights ranged from about 3 feet 3 inches to slightly more than 7 feet, the research revealed. Lead researcher Dr. Emelie Benyi is from the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. In a news release from the endocrinology society, she said, "To our knowledge, this is the largest study performed on linkage between height and cancer including both women and men."

TONY RENO (Yale University head football coach) Coach Reno previewed Yale's next game -- Saturday on the "Talk of Connecticut" -- as the Bulldogs head to Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on undefeated Dartmouth. Yale is 3-0 after defeating Lehigh last week, 27-to-12.

SISTER'S JOURNEY- Our guests will be speaking about FREE cancer ultrasound and mammogram screenings and their 17th Anniversary Pink Tea. Dr. KRISTEN ZARFOS MD FACS - Surgical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center of Hartford Health Care Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut; DAWN WHITE-BRACEY - President of Sister’s Journey a breast Cancer Awareness Organization; RHONDA LEONARD - Breast Cancer Survivor & Outreach Liaison WEBSITE: 17th Annual Pink Tea CONTACT NUMBER: 860-696-4818

ALICIA WRIGHT (Connecticut Humane Society) LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO Alicia was in to talk about the easiest way to surrender your pet to the Connecticut Humane Society. She also talked about the process of adopting a pet and services that are available. CONTACT NUMBER: 800-452-0114

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