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City Visions: A Challenging Childhood Can Make You a Sick Adult


On the August 4, 2014 edition:  Host David Onek and a panel of experts look at why childhood stress can impact long-term health.

What are the biochemical changes that occur because of early stress, and why can they reduce life expectancy?  What diseases are most commonly seen in adults who have experienced childhood trauma?  And what can doctors treating at-risk kids do to improve long-term health outcomes?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


Dr. Vincent Felitti - Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study).  He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of San Diego,  and the Founder and Former Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente.  

Dr. Keely Muscatell - Author of the article for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) entitled "How Stress Makes Us Sick."  She is a social neuroscientist and psychoneuroimmunologist and a post-doctoral scholar at the RWJF Health and Society Scholars program at the University of California (UC), San Francisco and at UC, Berkeley.

Tuere Anderson, LCSW - Licensed social worker and Interim Director of Clinical Programs at the Center for Youth Wellness in the Bayview.  She serves on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and on the National Institutes of Justice inaugural Scientific Review Panel for its Violence Against Women portfolio.

More Information:

The ACE Study

Aces Connection - A blog for a community focused on the prevention of adverse childhood experiences.

Aces Too High - A news site on new research on adverse childhood experiences.