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After years of failed legislative attempts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, supporters now are attempting to take the issue straight to voters. The Utah Patients Coalition held a Monday news conference at the state Capitol and afterward delivered its …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Health Policy Project’s Stacy Stanford speaks during a state Health Department public meeting at the Cannon Health Building Thursday, June 22, 2017. Utah asked to put limits on Medicaid. Few Utahns showed up to voice their opinion.
    With all eyes on Washington as Senate Republicans revealed their health care bill, few Utahns weighed in on their state’s request that its Medicaid ex...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 10:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) founder and cancer survivor Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and Karen Huntsman thank over 750 people in attendance the ceremony, which falls on his 80th birthday. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) dedicated the Primary Childrenís and Familiesí Cancer Research Center, a world-class facility dedicated to advancing cancer research and patient care, June 21, 2017. Hoping to end childhood cancer, Huntsman Cancer Institute unveils new wing
    Rebecca Ward assumed she had a canker sore when she visited her dentist for a routine checkup in May 2015. A month later, the Idaho Falls resident was...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Newborn screening costs could increase, Utah health officials say
    Fees for mandatory newborn screening in Utah could rise over the next two years to accommodate additional testing for babies. The Utah Department of H...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune Paul Shino who had a stroke 8 years ago makes a nice one-handed drive at Nibley Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City on Friday as his wife, Valerie, watches. Shino was among stroke survivors, in all stages of recovery, connecting with the game of golf at the Saving Strokes Golf Clinic. Utah golf pros give stroke survivors a swing at a second chance
    Stacey Camacho never imagined the game he loved would also save him. But after suffering a stroke in March 2015 at age 36, the assistant golf pro at ...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 08:16 pm   |     |   Share



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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kurt Gailey takes measurements to determine the safety of the pool water at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The Salt Lake County Health Department held its annual Healthy Swimming day to remind swimmers to keep pool water out of their mouths. Don’t drink pool water, say county health officials
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lucious Richmond, 12, embraces his mother Amanda Brunson alongside his father Michael Richmond as the family recalls the story of when Lucious came back home last Christmas day after two years in foster care.  Both parents struggled with opioid addiction and have gone through the Davis Behavioral Health treatment program, that was created with the help of Intermountain Healthcare. They both went from living out of their car to purchasing a home and getting their children back. Once ranked 7th nationally for drug-overdose deaths, Utah gets federal aid in opioids war
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  • (Chris Detrick  | Tribune file photo)   The Provo River flows near Heber City in early May. Health officials are warning of elevated drowning dangers, especially for children, due to high seasonal spring runoffs and recent heavy rains. Utah's abundant spring runoff poses elevated drowning risk, say health officials
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jen and Chad Peterson reflect on the moment they ran over their child backing up their car in the driveway despite their car having a back up camera and sensors. They spoke at an event at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital Monday May 15 and urged the public to Spot the Tot before getting into the car and backing out of driveways. Parents who lost a child to back-over accident urge Utah drivers to ‘Spot the Tot’
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  • BYU grad overcomes life-changing accident to finish degrees, regain independence
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah President David Pershing speaks with the media following a board of trustees closed executive session meeting over the recent firing of Dr. Mary Beckerle, the CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A decision on her possible reinstatement is expected later in the day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. In major reversal, U. reinstates fired Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO
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