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Cancer Answers is hosted by Dr. Anees Chagpar, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Dr. Francine Foss, Professor of Medical Oncology. The show features a guest cancer specialist who will share the most recent advances in cancer therapy and respond to listeners questions. Myths, facts and advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment are discussed, with a different focus eachweek. Nationally acclaimed specialists in various types of cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment discuss common misconceptions about the disease and respond to questions from the community.Listeners can submit questions to be answered on the program at canceranswers@yale.edu or by leaving a message at (888) 234-4YCC. As a resource, archived programs from 2006 through the present are available in both audio and written versions on the Yale Cancer Center website.

School Start Times: Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Chion Wolf
Daniel McNally.

It's one of our great cultural mysteries: why we wake up teenagers -- the same one who sleep past noon on the weekends -- at six in the morning to get on a bus, and then we ask them to learn! 

Are your kids getting enough sleep? We look into the biology of adolescent sleep and see how some school systems have started using later start times to improve academic performance.

And later, we take a look at a new study suggesting a link between sleep deprivation and brain size.


  • Daniel McNally - Medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the UConn Health Center
  • Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. - Executive Director and Co-Founder of Start School Later, Inc.
  • Aaron Harper - Principal at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, MN
  • Robert O’Donnel - Principal at Wilton High School in Wilton, CT
  • Claire Sexton - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford

This show originally aired on September 8, 2014. 

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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