HEALTH - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/HEALTH News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Utah must increase services to mentally ill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313751-82/utah-mental-health-robin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58313751-82/utah-mental-health-robin.html.csp">Letter: Utah must increase services to mentally ill</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T19:52:51.719-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 07:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In 2002, I got lucky and ran into Robin Williams at Lake Tahoe where he was performing that night. Most of our talk was about the Winter Olympics that were going on in Utah. I found him to be approachable, pleasant to talk to and he made me laugh. With Robin and many other people with depression or bipolar disease, it is not hard to understand why people with these conditions do commit suicide. Depression and bipolar are horrible diseases which can be treated just like high blood pressure, cance...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313751@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:52:51 MDT Liberian police, soldiers seal off slum to halt Ebola http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317035-68/west-ebola-slum-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58317035-68/west-ebola-slum-government.html.csp">Liberian police, soldiers seal off slum to halt Ebola</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and WADE WILLIAMS </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T20:23:29.262-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monrovia, Liberia • Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. One 15-year-old boy was injured trying to cross the ba...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583170352014-08-20T20:23:29.262-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-20T20:23:29.262-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317035@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:23:29 MDT Report shows Utah Dickey’s had problem with food labels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313061-78/dickey-health-tea-critical.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313061-78/dickey-health-tea-critical.html.csp">Report shows Utah Dickey’s had problem with food labels</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kathy Stephenson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T12:22:10.687-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 12:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">During a routine inspection Jan. 21, the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in South Jordan — where a woman last week was seriously injured by drinking chemical-laced tea — was cited for seven health code violations, including one “non-critical” issue that involved a food container that was not properly labeled. “Food containers are not labeled with the common name of the food,” reads the 7-month-old inspection report on the Salt Lake County Health Department website. The record did not list what ingredien...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313061@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:22:10 MDT Audit: ‘Obamacare’ tax not meeting revenue target http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58314587-79/tax-irs-audit-medical.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58314587-79/tax-irs-audit-medical.html.csp">Audit: ‘Obamacare’ tax not meeting revenue target</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T18:20:01.431-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 06:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • An “Obamacare” tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren’t paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax. The tax agency, however, doesn’t have adequate tools to identify which companies owe it, the audit said. The report could add fuel to efforts to repeal the tax, which is opposed by Republi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58314587@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:20:01 MDT Future Utah transportation revolution: biking, walking? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58313206-90/active-bike-biking-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58313206-90/active-bike-biking-health.html.csp">Future Utah transportation revolution: biking, walking?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T22:06:33.39-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 10:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health. What is that novel change? Encouraging more walking and bicycle riding, what officials like to call “active transportation.” “Active transportation can really yield significant economic, environmental and health benefits,” Michael Allegra, president and CEO of the Utah Tran...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313206@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:06:33 MDT Pope Francis hints he might one day retire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58313563-80/pope-francis-vatican-retire.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58313563-80/pope-francis-vatican-retire.html.csp">Pope Francis hints he might one day retire</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSEPHINE MCKENNA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T13:18:22.112-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 01:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Vatican City • Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday, Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may have only “two or three” years left to live. The 77-year-old pontiff covered a range of topics on the flight back to the Vatican — from war-torn Iraq and his desire to visit the U.S. next year to his personal health, hinting he may retire early. He was asked how he lived with the immense popularity he has generated aro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313563@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:18:22 MDT Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58312991-68/ebola-liberia-drug-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58312991-68/ebola-liberia-drug-health.html.csp">Liberia: 3 receiving untested Ebola drug improving</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and JOHN HEILPRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T10:30:03.345-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 10:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monrovia, Liberia • Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday, although medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective. The World Health Organization says that the death toll for West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 1,200 and adds that there are some tentative signs that progress is being made to contain the disease. The three Liberians are being treated with the last known doses of Z...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58312991@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:30:03 MDT Utah health inspectors close sushi restaurant, taco cart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58309524-223/health-inspectors-cart-stored.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58309524-223/health-inspectors-cart-stored.html.csp">Utah health inspectors close sushi restaurant, taco cart</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kathy Stephenson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T09:24:38.115-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 09:24AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salt Lake County Health Department inspectors closed a sushi restaurant in Midvale and a taco cart in Kearns last week for creating “imminent health hazards.” Itto Sushi, 856 E. Fort Union Blvd., was closed Friday after being cited for 31 health code violations, according to a notice on the department website. Among the problems: raw fish being stored in the hand sink, raw chicken stored above ready-to-eat foods, rice being held at incorrect temperatures and food being stored on the floor. The ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309524@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:24:38 MDT U.N. urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58309620-68/ebola-countries-passengers-travel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58309620-68/ebola-countries-passengers-travel.html.csp">U.N. urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOHN HEILPRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T18:53:23.551-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 06:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Geneva • Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday. The agency didn’t spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and a “small number of people in Nigeria.” All countries, even those unaffected by the outbreak in West Africa, need to strengthen...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583096202014-08-18T18:53:23.551-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T18:53:23.551-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309620@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:53:23 MDT Community Health details attack on patient records http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58309032-79/attack-community-health-information.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58309032-79/attack-community-health-information.html.csp">Community Health details attack on patient records</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T09:54:02.426-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 09:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">FRANKLIN, Tenn. • Hospital operator Community Health Systems, which operates Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tenn. company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583090322014-08-18T09:54:02.426-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T09:54:02.426-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309032@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:02 MDT Know the Signs of a Concussion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58296403-77/concussion-utah-concussions-athletes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58296403-77/concussion-utah-concussions-athletes.html.csp">Know the Signs of a Concussion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Melinda Rogers</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> University of Utah Health Care</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-17T09:36:28.677-06:00">Updated Aug 17, 2014 09:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For high school football players, Friday nights spent on hard-fought victories on the field are a memorable part of the game. Most players will enjoy a safe and healthy football season, but it’s inevitable that some will find themselves on the sidelines after a hit that results in a concussion —which in some cases can escalate into a serious health issue. The issue of youth concussions strikes close to home for parents and coaches, who worry when children and teenagers take a hard fall on the pl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58296403@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:36:28 MDT Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58306097-68/ebola-west-health-liberia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58306097-68/ebola-west-health-liberia.html.csp">Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-17T11:39:01.552-06:00">Updated Aug 17, 2014 11:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monrovia, Liberia • Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583060972014-08-17T11:39:01.552-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-17T11:39:01.552-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58306097@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:39:01 MDT Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58306028-79/insurance-health-plans-patients.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58306028-79/insurance-health-plans-patients.html.csp">Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-17T10:33:09.119-06:00">Updated Aug 17, 2014 10:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers. The insurance industry responds that critics are confusing legitimate cost-control with bias. Some state regulators, however, say there’s reason to be concerned about policies that shift costs to patients and narrow their choices of hospitals and doctors. With open enrollment for 2015 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583060282014-08-17T10:33:09.119-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-17T10:33:09.119-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58306028@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:33:09 MDT Liberia expands Ebola treatment centers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58305023-68/ebola-health-liberia-center.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58305023-68/ebola-health-liberia-center.html.csp">Liberia expands Ebola treatment centers</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T21:45:02.036-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 09:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monrovia, Liberia • Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis. Kenya Airways and regional carrier Gambia Bird join a number of other airlines in temporarily canceling flights to avoid transmitting the disease beyond the four countries already affected in West Africa. The Kenya Airways fl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583050232014-08-16T21:45:02.036-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-16T21:45:02.036-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58305023@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:45:02 MDT Op-ed: Budget woes put public health at risk in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293731-82/health-public-utah-funding.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293731-82/health-public-utah-funding.html.csp">Op-ed: Budget woes put public health at risk in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kathryn Marti</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T17:57:02.435-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 05:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Across the United States, people are limiting tobacco use, eating healthier and becoming more physically active, all with the support of public health programs. Our public health system ensures that the water we drink, food we eat and air we breathe are safe. The future of our nation’s health depends on a strong and properly equipped public health infrastructure in communities across Utah, at the state level and nationwide. The nation’s public health system should be efficiently designed and ade...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58293731@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:57:02 MDT Op-ed: Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293749-82/disorders-utah-brain-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293749-82/disorders-utah-brain-health.html.csp">Op-ed: Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mary Jo McMillen and Jamie Justice</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T17:57:02.553-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 05:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah and the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) are longtime advocates for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. We’ve seen the triumphs and tragedies for Utahns across the spectrum. These brain disorders don’t confine themselves to any single age group, demographic or economic status. But all too often they contribute to actions that may land the person in the county jail or st...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58293749@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:57:02 MDT Bloomberg View: Containing Ebola means sending masks and gowns, not drugs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300615-82/ebola-workers-care-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58300615-82/ebola-workers-care-health.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Containing Ebola means sending masks and gowns, not drugs</a></h4>