Health & Medicine

Piece of mind

March 20, 2017

With just an inexpensive micro-thin surgical needle and laser light, University of Utah engineers have discovered a minimally invasive, inexpensive way to take high-resolution pictures of an animal brain, a process that also could lead to a much less invasive method for humans. A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate […]


U School of Medicine Jumps 20 spots on U.S. News Annual Rankings

March 14, 2017

University of Utah Health colleges and programs remain among the best in the nation in primary care, research, physician assistant training, nurse midwifery, pharmacy and other areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. In the magazine’s latest rankings, the University of Utah School of Medicine is now ranked No. 40 for research, up […]


Playing favorites: Brain cells prefer one parent’s gene over the other’s

February 24, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Most kids say they love their mom and dad equally, but there are times when even the best prefers one parent over the other. The same can be said for how the body’s cells treat our DNA instructions. It has long been thought that each copy – one inherited from mom […]


An Alternative to Opioids? Compound from Marine Snail Is Potent Pain Reliever

February 20, 2017

A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks pain by targeting a pathway not associated with opioids. Research in rodents indicates that the benefits continue long after the compound have cleared the body. The findings were reported online in […]


Scientists Discover How the Cells in Skin and Organ Linings Maintain Constant cell numbers

February 16, 2017

Research published today in Nature from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah shows how epithelial cells – such as skin cells – naturally turn over, maintaining constant numbers between cell division and cell death. In addition to skin, epithelial cells comprise skin-like linings that coat internal organs, giving organs a […]


Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 Deaths Each Year

February 13, 2017

Researchers have projected that aggressively lowering blood pressure could help prevent more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. “The public health impact of adopting intensive treatment in the right patients is enormous,” says Adam Bress, University of Utah assistant professor of population health sciences. Bress and his fellow experts from institutions across the country built […]


Genomes in flux

February 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Evolution is often thought of as a gradual remodeling of the genome, the genetic blueprints for building an organism. In some instances it might be more appropriate to call it an overhaul. Over the past 100 million years, the human lineage has lost one-fifth of its DNA, while an even greater […]


Standard of Care Anti-Clotting Drugs May Be Unnecessary for Most Surgery Patients

January 24, 2017

As many as three out of four surgery patients could be receiving anti-clotting medications that they do not need, according to a study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The research, published online in Annals of Surgery, challenges standard of care guidelines specifying that all general surgery patients receive anticoagulants. The treatment […]


U students to present research on Capitol Hill

January 18, 2017

Jan. 24, 2017— Undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol. Research on Capitol Hill, now in its 17th year, gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse […]


Virus-Inspired Delivery System Transfers Microscopic Cargo Between Human Cells

November 30, 2016

Scientists from the University of Utah and University of Washington have developed blueprints that instruct human cells to assemble a virus-like delivery system that can transport custom cargo from one cell to another. As reported online in Nature on Nov. 30, the research is a step toward a nature-inspired means for delivering therapeutics directly to […]