With Cost Removed, Women Choose More Effective Contraceptive Methods

Contraception cannot be handled with a one-size fits all approach. Women often try several types of birth control before finding one that works best. A new study at University of Utah Health finds that cost often limits women’s access to the most effective contraceptive methods, like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal implants.

David Turok, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and colleagues at U of U Health developed … Read more

Cascading Inflammation Associated with Lyme Arthritis Linked to Overactive Immune Response

Every year, more than 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease, an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium transferred during a tick bite. In a small percentage of patients, infection symptoms, including arthritis, persist despite antibiotic treatment.

Scientists at University of Utah Health believe they identified a mechanism that activates T cells, a key component of the immune system, which could explain the elusive link between a tick bite and persistent Lyme … Read more

International Dark-Sky Association Annual General Meeting, 5th ALAN International Conference, Snowbird Resort, Utah

Feb. 13, 2018 — This fall, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah for their membership gatherings. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) 30th Annual General Meeting will be held Nov. 9 – 10, followed by the Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) 5th International Conference Nov. 12 – 15. The ALAN conference will be held in the United States for the … Read more

Drivers of hate in the U.S. have distinct regional differences

In a new study, University of Utah geographers sought to understand the factors fueling hate across space. Their findings paint a rather grim reality of America; hate is a national phenomenon, and more complicated than they imagined.

The researchers mapped the patterns of active hate groups in every U.S. county in the year 2014, and analyzed their potential socioeconomic and ideological drivers.

They found that in all U.S. regions, less education, population … Read more

Nursery stock, homeowner preferences drive tree diversity in Salt Lake Valley

Utah’s early residents would be surprised to see the canopy of trees that covers the Salt Lake Valley today. Few trees are native to the valley, which means that most of the trees present there today are imported. It’s a much different situation from a natural forest, which is shaped by climate, water availability and biodiversity. So, what factors shape the formation of a new urban forest?

University of Utah professor … Read more

New U podcast: Secrets of the Campus Cadavers

On April 20, 2016, University of Utah historical architect Charles Shepherd found something unexpected at an excavation site on Presidents Circle. At first glance in the morning light, he thought it might have been a rock. Closer inspection made it clear, though, that it was a human skull.

The skull was just one of more than 1,000 bones and bone fragments found at the site, which were later identified as the … Read more

U debate society recognized by Utah State Legislature

The University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society was recognized today with a resolution by the Utah State Legislature. They were honored for their exemplary accomplishments including their advancement of teaching speech and debate, as well as receiving the 2016-17 season-long national championship awarded by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

“The legislature’s recognition of the debate society underscores the competitive excellence we work to achieve as Utah’s oldest and most … Read more