Heavy Drinking May Lead to Aged Arteries, Says Study

24 February 2016 | By: Kevin Trieu


A UK study suggests that years of heavy drinking may lead to an accelerated risk of stiffness in the arteries and cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, “The findings support previous research on moderate alcohol consumption’s association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.” In the study, men tended to be heavier drinkers than women.

Researchers measured stiffness, by looking at arterial velocity using pulse waves. The greater the velocity of the wave, the more stiff your arteries are. Two pressure catheters are placed a known distance apart, and the wave is then timed. The researchers then compared the results of the Pressure Wave Velocity with the amount, a patient drinks.

it is important to note, however, that scientists are still unsure as to why alcohol affects arterial health, and more research needs to be done on that. The leading theory is that with heavy drinking comes the release of enzymes that lead to collagen accumulation.

This is just more evidence about why alcohol use is an important topic to study. Alcohol use, has an impact in all of our lives, whether or not we are addicted.The study also emphasizes the fact that drinking alcohol not only affects your liver, but can also affect your heart and other parts. If you or a loved on is experiencing alcohol addiction, please seek help immediately.

What do you think about the findings? Comment down below.

Links I used for the story can be found below:

News Story 

AHA Article

Pulse Wave Velocity Definition



CASAP Community Meeting set for 15 March at Chinatown Library (3:30- 5 PM)

17 February 2017 | By Kevin Trieu


We would like to invite all to you to attend our Community Meeting from 3:30- 5 PM on Wednesday 15 March at the Chinatown Library. CASAP’s spring meeting brings our whole coalition together—youth, teachers and school administrators, parents and families, and business leaders. We’ve invited the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, and youth advocates involved in our Photovoice, Engaging Youth for Positive Change, and Reward & Reminder programs to provide updates. You’ll also learn more about the Illinois Youth Survey’s findings on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.

If you haven’t been able to make it to our regular lunchtime meetings, this is the meeting for you!  Hope to see you there.

Any questions, please contact me at kevin@asianhealth.org.

Dripping: A New Trend Some Kids are Trying

10 February, 2016| By: Kevin Trieu


A new study suggests that as many as a quarter of of Youth smoking e-cigarettes might be trying a potentially dangerous trend called “dripping” which gives users more vapor to inhale and a bigger hit of nicotine. Dripping works when the user places droplets of liquid directly onto the heating coil.  The method also allows users to switch flavors from one to another more efficiently. The concern here is that, the practice of dripping increases the temperature of the device which then might lead to an increase release of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and acrolein. The researchers, however, stress that more research needs to be done.

While, it is widely agreed upon that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative than traditional cigarettes. More and more times, we are seeing youth, who have never smoked before, try e-cigarettes thinking it’s safer and it will not lead them to addiction. More and more research is coming out however, that youth who use e-cigarettes, still end up developing a nicotine dependence, and this is using e-cigarettes traditionally!

More research needs to be done in order to fully understand the effect of dripping, but in the mean time, community members should be vigilant of their kids using, and as always, remember to talk to them about drug usage.

What do you think about this new trend? Comment down below!

Links to story here and here.


Liver Disease Can Happen Pretty Quick

3 February 2017| By: Kevin Trieu

Liver damage can start to begin after a short, brief period of excessive drinking a study states. Researchers studying mice, found that after 21 days of excessive alcohol consumption, mice started to show telltale signs of liver disease. Compared to control mice who had no alcohol, binge drinking mice had 50% more liver triglycerides. Moderate drinking mice and mice with only one binge drinking session, also showed no signs of liver triglycerides. Binge drinking can cause the release of certain enzymes and fatty liver tissues. “Our results strongly suggest that repeated, excessive alcohol drinking, even without alcohol dependence, can cause fatty liver, evidence of early alcohol-related liver dysfunction,” said Dr. Hopf, the study’s senior research officer at UCSF. The study has yet, to look at the long term impacts.

Working in the substance use prevention field, this is not a very big surprise at all. Although, this study was done on mice and not on humans, mice have been used as models in place of humans to study the affect of alcohol for many, many years. The study is a good indicator about some affects of binge drinking on a person’s body. Youth and young adults have a much higher tendency to binge drink, than an adult does. Through our work, and as more studies like this come out, we hope to continue to share information like this, and hopefully, it has an affect on a child’s decisions.

What do you think of the study? Comment down below.

Link to story here.


CASAP News Round-up 20 January

20 January 2017| By: Kevin Trieu

Happy Inauguration day! I wanted to give you guys snippets of 3 local Chicago stories today. They don’t have anything to do with substance use, but they do have to do with the neighborhood that we work with.

Chinatown in running for a High School

Chinatown, Roseland, and Englewood are all competing for CPS to open a new high school in their neighborhood. CPS has indicated that they wanted to build a new high school on the Southside, with a $75 Million budget. The location has not been revealed which is why the locations are competing for it as organizers are moving quickly to lobby CPS to come and build in their neighborhood.

A Chinatown high school has been in the talks for a very long time, and many Chinatown community members have expressed interest in having one here, as the closest community high school that we have would be Kelly High School in Brighton Park. Several organizations, such as the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) have already started organizing around it. If you are interested in helping out, please contact CBCAC for more information.

Healy Elementary offers Free English Classes

Healy Elementary will offer free English language classes starting on January 23rd and will run until May 4th. the classes run from 8-10 AM Monday-Thursday. Registration will be open today, Friday 20 January. Applicants must take a placement exam and must bring identification and a piece of mail to verify address.

Located in Bridgeport, Healy is a very ideal situation for a program like this, with its immigrant Latino and Chinese Population. I am excited to see turnout for a program like this.

“Who’s your Chinaman?” Offensive Term with a Peculiar Origin

So, I wanted to include this last story because we are located in Chicago’s Chinatown and because the title caught my attention. Back in the day of old-school Chicago politics, where it was a lot more about who you know, than what you know, Political insiders would ask “Who’s your Chinaman?” to ask who was the person you knew that got you this job, as a form of local slang. While the term is offensive most definitely, its theoretical origins are not, apparently. There are 3 theories as to why this term was used. 1. The term was a metaphor for the neighborhood of Bridgeport which was the place with a lot of political muscle back in the day. Because Bridgeport was near Chinatown, it served as a way to be discreet about who was your benefactor. 2. In the Chicago Police world the term was in reference to the 1962 Film The Manchurian Candidate, where Chinese Leaders brainwashed captured american soldiers and were able to mind-control them with a snap of a finger. 3. Influential First Ward Alderman, Michael “Hinky-Dink” Kenna used to set up meeting with people in buildings where the Original Chinatown used to be.

If you want to find out more of the origins of this slang, click here.

What do you think of any of the stories? Comment down below!





Smoking is Costing the World a Lot

13 January 2017| By Kevin Trieu


Smoking is costing the world a lot of money says a report from the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute. Estimates of the cost are at $1 Trillion Dollars and killing about 6 Million annually. The study warns of Tobacco as being not only a public health issue but of a very severe economic one. A lot of money is spent on tobacco by consumers but could be used for healthier, necessary things such as food or a home.

Many tobacco users globally are coming from much poorer background, so the effects of tobacco affect them much more both medically and economically.

In the US, smoking is at an all-time low, but the US is one of a dozen, or so countries that have yet to adopt the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, which passed the assembly in 2003. The US has been noted to also be behind in things such as adopting more graphic warning labels on their boxes.

While not surprising that smoking causes a lot of economic loss, it is surprising that it costs the world $1 Trillion. It is also very disheartening that smoking disproportionately affects poorer populations more, and it seems to be hard to do anything about it. I have family in Vietnam, and 2 summers ago, I visited Vietnam.  It’s a beautiful country but there was so many people smoking there. Growing up in America, it just seems so unusual to see that many people smoking.

What are your thoughts on the story? Comment down below.

Link to the full story here.

Link to full WHO report here.