U studies safe gun storage practices in military homes

Homes are the front lines of military suicide prevention as nearly two-thirds of suicides occur at home using a firearm—nearly always a personal firearm. Because suicide risk decreases if a firearm is safely stored locked and unloaded researchers, led by Craig Bryan of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, surveyed military personnel to learn more about the relationship between safe firearm storage and thoughts of suicide or … Read more

Up to half of patients withhold life-threatening issues from doctors

Facing the threat of domestic violence, being a survivor of sexual assault, struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide are four topics that are difficult to broach with anyone. Including those who can help you.

A new study reveals up to 47.5% of patients who feel they face one or more of these four threats do not disclose this critical information to care providers out of embarrassment, fear of judgement or … Read more

University of Utah will invest nearly $1 million to implement new recommendations of Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins has approved the hiring of a chief safety officer to coordinate and oversee safety initiatives on campus.

The new chief safety officer position is one of more than two dozen recommendations made by the Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety, which the president reconvened in December to look at general safety practices and resources. Watkins has accepted all the proposals from the task force, whose … Read more

Foraging for Information: Machine Learning Decodes Genetic Influence Over Behavior

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements. Researchers at University of Utah Health are using machine learning to draw links between genetic controls that shape incremental steps of instinctive and learned behaviors. The results are available online in Cell Reports on August 13.

“Patterns of complex behavior, like searching for food, are composed of sequences that feel random, spontaneous and … Read more

NexEos licenses novel University of Utah imaging tech for diagnosing eosinophil-related inflammation

Diagnosing and monitoring an inflammatory gastrointestinal disease may soon become less invasive and more accurate, thanks to the pioneering research and commitment to patient health of three University of Utah physicians. Gerald Gleich, Kristin Leiferman and Kathryn Peterson have developed away to identify inflammation that occurs in eosinophil-related disorders such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic and painful inflammatory condition of the esophagus that can strike at any age. EoE … Read more

Genetic Testing Motivates Behavior Changes in At-Risk Melanoma Patients

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 96,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year, and the disease will cause more than 7,000 deaths. Utah has a particularly high melanoma rate. A new study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and … Read more

For college-bound students, applying to the U just got easier

The University of Utah has made its application process simpler, more informative and widely available by becoming a member of Common App, a nonprofit organization that aids prospective students and their supporters in the college selection process.

Among its many features, Common App’s online platform provides exploration and search tools that will allow those who are exploring college to learn more about the U, its academic programs, student life and support … Read more

These Gut Bacteria Prevent Mice from Becoming Obese. What Could That Mean for Us?

Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a specific class of bacteria from the gut that prevents mice from becoming obese, suggesting these same microbes may similarly control weight in people. The beneficial bacteria, called Clostridia, are part of the microbiome — collectively trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the intestine.

Published online in the journal Science on July 25, the study shows that healthy mice have plenty … Read more