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An advocate for Utah hospitals said he expects Donald J. Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal as much of the Affordable Care Act as they can, as quickly as they can after the president-elect takes office. But Trump’s replacement for …

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  • Intermountain Healthcare laying off 52 employees
    Intermountain Healthcare is laying off more than 50 software engineers, opting to use an outside supplier to develop information-technology applicatio...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dr. Joshua Schiffman, left, and Schiffman Labs team member Lauren Donovan, lab specialist, look at human cancer cells reacting elephant p53 (EP53) at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City Friday January 6, 2017.  Team members have spent the past year testing the elephant p53 (EP53) in human cancer cells and have found that human tumor cells die very quickly when exposed to the EP53. They have teamed up with Dr. Avi Schroeder from Tehnion-Israel Institute of Technology, a chemical engineer, to manufacture EP53 protein nanoparticles to begin preclinical testing. Lab tests show elephant DNA may be key to fighting cancer, says Utah researcher
    Josh Schiffman likes to think of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 as a superhero in a bright red cape. It swoops in whenever there is DNA damage and ...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump’s ideas on vaccine safety worry top autism researcher
    Eric Fombonne is worried, to say the least, about what a potential vaccine-safety commission headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could mean for science an...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Obama administration will not rule on Utah’s scaled-back Medicaid expansion plan
    When President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated Jan. 20, the fate of Utah’s small-scale Medicaid expansion plan will be up to his administration. And...
    Updated Jan 11 2017 10:39 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Plan calls for Utah to reduce number of suicides 10 percent by 2021
    For Andrea Hood, temporarily removing a suicidal person’s gun from their home is common sense, akin to taking away a drunk person’s car keys. “When so...
    Updated Jan 10 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone. Tuesday December 27, 2016. Thousands of Utah kids using suicide intervention app to get help
    Kids often have difficulty asking adults for help when they’re being bullied or having suicidal thoughts — these are sensitive issues, Barry Rose said...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah physician John Opitz, M.D., has received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit), the only national decoration bestowed by the Republic of Germany. He was photographed at the University’s Health Sciences Library in Salt Lake City, Tuesday December 6, 2016. War, peace and pediatrics: U. researcher awarded for decades of study and care
    The second desk drawer on the right in John Opitz’s study isn’t lined with the typical pens, pencils and Post-it notes: It’s lined with eggs. Twenty-t...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Gina Thompson, left, and her mother Janet Thompson, hold a poster of Gina’s daughter, Brandi Thompson, in Janet Thompson’s home in Eden, Utah Monday, Dec 5, 2016. Brandi Thompson was 21 when she got meningitis and died in 2007. Utah is one of only 12 states that don’t require students to get a meningitis vaccine in college/before college. ‘What is wrong with you?’: After losing a granddaughter to meningitis, Utah woman pushes for mandated vaccination
    Eden • The first responders and anxious family members crammed into the house were a blur to Gina Thompson, her vision singularly focused on the basem...
    Updated Dec 25 2016 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   The Sorenson Patient Tower is part of Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. 8 Utah hospitals among nation’s worst-performing for patient safety
    Intermountain Medical Center is among eight Utah hospitals being penalized by the federal government for patient-safety problems. The federal Centers ...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s Obamacare enrollment up 24 percent from last year — biggest jump in nation
    Nearly 145,000 Utahns have signed up for 2017 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online exchange — 24 percent more than last year. And...
    Updated Dec 22 2016 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • More Utahns signing up for Obamacare than last year
    Since open enrollment for 2017 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act began about four weeks ago, it seemed to Utah Health Policy Project of...
    Updated Dec 21 2016 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah group will submit suggestions to feds on how to revamp health care
    Gov. Gary Herbert has tasked a small group of Utahns with developing ideas for how the Affordable Care Act should change — or be replaced. He convened...
    Updated Dec 20 2016 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute electrophysiologist John Day, MD, left, performs the nationís first case using new heart-mapping technology for the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in in Murray Monday December 19, 2016.  During the procedure, the Intermountain Medical Center team, used St. Jude Medicalís EnSite PrecisionTM cardiac mapping system to create 3-D images of the heart. Intermountain doctors are first to use new heart mapping technology
    No one walking down the street past Dorothy Bradford would ever know she was 88 years old. She still exercises, does yard work and lives on her own. ...
    Updated Dec 24 2016 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Senator Orrin Hatch visits with Laura Warburton after a panel discussion on the prevention and treatment of teen suicide at East High on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. How to curb Utah’s teen-suicide rate? Hatch-convened roundtable says kids needs access to mental-health services
    Republican state Sen. Daniel Thatcher was 11 years old when he lost his first classmate to suicide. He was 16 when he lost his close friend. That’s w...
    Updated Dec 19 2016 08:13 am   |     |   Share
  • With extended deadline, Utahns can sign up for ACA through Monday
    Utahns who want health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act starting Jan. 1 now have a few more days to sign up. That deadline was Thursday, ...
    Updated Dec 16 2016 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Tracy Schmidt, Executive Director for Intermountain Donor Services, left, patient Lorenzo Swank, Richard Gilroy, MD, Medical Director for Liver Transplantation Program and patient David Ericson meet in a press conference at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Tuesday Dec. 13.   There’s new hope for patients with liver disease who are waiting for a donor liver to become available for transplantation. Doctors at the Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Program in Murray are using a new method to utilize donated livers that may significantly increase the number of donor livers that are available for thousands of people waiting for a live-saving transplant. Currently, 12,000 people are added to the liver transplant waiting list every year, but only 7,000 receive a transplant. This creates a supply-and-demand disparity that results in about 1,500 people dying each year while waiting for a donated liver to become available for transplant. The Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Program is the first Utah transplant center to use diseased donated livers for transplantation. They are also among the first transplant centers in the United States to launch this new method to help address the liver supply-demand disparity. Utah’s Intermountain using diseased livers in transplant process
    After waiting three years for a liver transplant, Lorenzo Swank was quickly running out of options. Swank suffered from Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis,...
    Updated Dec 14 2016 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Physician Assistants Wayne Crawford and Robin Dale talk to patients by teleconference at Intermountain Supply Chain Center in Midvale Monday Dec. 12.  Patients can call in with an ailment and symptoms.  The patients medical records and history are available for the doctors to diagnose and order medications. Utah’s health care future: Telemedicine and researching possible ‘adventure in cannabis’
    When a child comes home with lice or a cough appears in the middle of the night, the thought of making a trip to the emergency room — and paying the e...
    Updated Dec 13 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah pharmacies now allowed to hand out naloxone without prescription
    Pharmacies across the state now can hand out the anti-overdose drug naloxone to individuals who do not have a prescription. The state Department of He...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 09:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Repeal or replace Obamacare? For Utahns on all sides, cost is the sticking point
    Health care experts said Wednesday they are preparing for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act under President-elect Donald Trump, bu...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 08:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Experts at the U. warn against overhyping precision medicine
    Though precision medicine offers an exciting opportunity for personalized health care, experts this week cautioned officials against overhyping its im...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 11:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah hospitals work to keep up with state’s growing number of non-English speakers
    In any given month, University of Utah Health Care employees can hear 100 different languages spoken in the halls. That’s why it’s so important that t...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 08:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah has lowest rate of diabetes in country, report finds
    State health officials say Utah’s high rate of physical activity, coupled with its relatively low obesity rate, explains why a recent national report ...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah beginning syringe-exchange programs
    A federal report released Tuesday found that syringe exchange programs can curb the risk of HIV infections — news that comes less than a month after t...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   Control panel monitors show participants in the MRI (top), brain scans (lower left), and religious imagery shown to study participants (lower right). Study shows Mormons’ brains light up when they ‘feel the spirit’
    The MRI scan of Auriel Brunsvik Peterson’s brain, taken during a religious experience, was lit up like a Christmas tree. Peterson, 29, has been a devo...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 12:01 pm   |     |   Share