Health & Medicine

University of Utah announces creation of Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs

June 22, 2018

Six of 12 new presidential faculty chairs at the University of Utah were named Tuesday, June 19, with the remaining six to be named next year. Announced in October by the U and the Huntsman Family Foundation, the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs are named for the late businessman, philanthropist and founder of the Huntsman […]


$5 Million to Fund Tools that Encourage Doctors and Patients to Make Medical Decisions Together

June 18, 2018

With a $5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the American Heart Association, University of Utah Health is leading a center to develop and test tools that spur constructive conversations between health care providers and patients. Specifically, the decision aids will help patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their providers navigate […]


Common Antidepressents Are Less Effective at High Altitudes, Rodent Study Suggests

May 30, 2018

Three common antidepressants – Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram), and Prozac (fluoxetine) – could be less effective at high elevations, suggests research involving lab rats and led by scientists at University of Utah Health. When rats were placed in conditions that simulate moderate-high altitudes, the three pharmaceuticals failed to suppress behaviors that model human depression. By […]


Utah’s Top Science and Technology Honor Awarded to U Biochemist Dana Carroll

May 24, 2018

University of Utah Health biochemist Dana Carroll is one of four honorees who will be awarded the 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. “These medal recipients are defined by their tireless passion and service to promoting science, technology and innovation here in Utah,” said Gov. Herbert in a statement. “These individuals’ contributions in scientific advancement […]


New fund to advance commercialization at University of Utah

May 9, 2018

The Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization at the University of Utah announced a new funding program for early stage technology development and commercialization. The University of Utah Seed Fund will allocate up to $1 million to help university researchers develop promising technologies, enable commercialization and attract additional funding sources. The fund will be focused […]


Mapping the Genome Jungle

March 6, 2018

From a bat’s wings to an elephant’s cancer resistance, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at University of Utah Health are using animals’ unique traits to pinpoint regions of the human genome that might affect health. The results of this project are available in the March 6 issue of the journal Cell Reports. The research team […]


With Cost Removed, Women Choose More Effective Contraceptive Methods

February 23, 2018

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 […]


Cascading Inflammation Associated with Lyme Arthritis Linked to Overactive Immune Response

February 16, 2018

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 […]


New App Motivates Type 2 Diabetes Patients to Be More Active

January 11, 2018

As the holidays draw to a close, 29 million Americans with type 2 diabetes had to navigate the minefield of treats, drinks, and dinners. Many patients have stepped up to meet the challenge of moderating their diet, but fewer embrace the benefits of physical activity in controlling their blood sugar. A research team led by […]


Wasatch Front inversions cause more than 200 cases of pneumonia each year

January 11, 2018

Air pollution trapped along the Wasatch Front by winter inversions are estimated to send more than 200 people to the emergency room with pneumonia each year, according to a study by University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Bad air quality especially erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to […]