Tanner Humanities Center hosts lecture exploring LDS doctrine on homosexuality

The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will present the 2017 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion & Culture at Salt Lake City Public Library, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Author and historian Gregory A. Prince, will give a lecture titled, “Science versus Dogma: Biology challenges the LDS Paradigm,” in which he’ll explore doctrine on homosexuality within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Until the late 1960s, … Read more

Black, white or multicultural: Constructing race in two countries

A new study demonstrates the strong influence ancestry plays in Americans’ interpretation of whether someone is black, white or multiracial, highlighting differences in the way race is socially constructed in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world.

The three-phase study, led by Jacqueline M. Chen of the University of Utah and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, compared how Brazilians and Americans assessed the race of another person. … Read more

Boosting a lipid fuel makes mice less sensitive to the cold

When grandpa nudges the settings on the thermostat, there’s likely a good reason. Humans, like other animals, become more sensitive to cold with age. Now, scientists from University of Utah Health report that delivering a single dose of a nutritional supplement called L-carnitine to older mice restores a youthful ability to adapt to the cold. After treatment, they tolerate chilly conditions that would ordinarily trigger hypothermia.

“We uncovered a well-controlled process for mobilizing … Read more

Nature imagery calms prisoners

Sweeping shots of majestic landscapes. Glaciers, forests and waterfalls.  Research published today shows that these images, shown to people deprived of access to nature, can reduce tension, help defuse anger and make some of the harshest environments, like a solitary confinement cellblock in a maximum-security prison, a little easier to bear.

The study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, followed inmates in solitary confinement in an Oregon prison for … Read more

Hormonal IUDs have no effect on lactation or breastfeeding

Having a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after birth does not affect a woman’s ability to lactate and breastfeed, according to new research by investigators at University of Utah Health and University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The results of this study are available online Aug. 21 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Bottom line, early placement of a hormonal IUD is a safe, long-term birth control … Read more

Given the choice, zebrafish willingly dose themselves with opioids

As the opioid crisis escalates, the science behind addiction remains poorly understood. To address this need, researchers at University of Utah Health devised a system that allowed zebrafish, a small tropical fish, to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain. After one-week, the fish had increased their drug-seeking behavior, even when doing so required them to put themselves in risky conditions. Further, 48 hours after … Read more