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In fall 2014, a month before what would have been her third birthday, Natalie Petersen was struck and killed by a truck driven by her father. Natalie’s parents, Jen and Chad Petersen, thought the girl had gone in the house …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ali Dibble, University of Utah engineering student,  assembles a prototype of a biodegradable feminine hygene product.  The green layer is a biodegradable plastic, the white substance is hydrogel, a super absorbant material, and natural cotton.  The final plastic layer that goes on top is then heat pressed together. Bates and his students have developed a 100 percent biodegradable feminine hygiene pad that can be made entirely from all natural materials. The product has been under development for about two years and they are hoping to not only get it going in developing countries where women don’t have access to feminine care products, but also begin marketing it to US women as a sustainable alternative. U. team invents all natural feminine pad
    About two years ago, when Jeff Bates’ 5-year-old daughter spilled rice on the kitchen floor, it blossomed into a moment of scientific discovery. That ...
    Updated May 15 2017 11:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to The Tribune  Cancer survivors walk in the Survivors Parade before the beginning of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Salt Lake City Komen race celebrates breast cancer survivors
    A wave of pink flowed through downtown Salt Lake City streets Saturday morning as thousands of Utahns participated in a fundraising race to combat bre...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, believes Utah has a good record and system for disclosing conflicts of interest and supports the requirement that every member vote for every bill when they are present. Some states allow members to abstain when they have a conflict. State probe of University of Utah operations likely after Huntsman Cancer Institute upheaval
    State officials are likely to probe operations within the University of Utah in the aftermath of the firing and reinstatement of Mary Beckerle as CEO ...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Want to live longer? Try Summit County
    Summit County residents are living an average of up to six years longer than other Utahns, a recent study from the University of Washington has found....
    Updated May 08 2017 11:25 pm   |     |   Share



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    Updated Apr 29 2017 08:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated May 22 2017 02:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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
    Mary Beckerle was reinstated Tuesday to her position as director and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, under a new chain of command that has her r...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Zach Torres-George, an environmental health scientist with the Salt Lake County Health Department performs a safety inspection of the playground at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Salt Lake. Next week is National Playground Safety Week and the health department is looking to promote safe practices on the playgrounds. About 1,700 Utah elementary students injured yearly on school playgrounds, study says
    A new study from the Utah Department of Health showed that about 5,100 elementary school students in the state were injured on school playgrounds over...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Expert calls for a review of policies on pot use, transplants after man’s death
    The death Saturday of a Park City man refused eligibility for a lung transplant at the University of Utah after doctors found a trace of marijuana in ...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Park City man, denied lung transplant at the U. due to trace of marijuana, dies after procedure in Pennsylvania
    A Park City man who was refused a lung transplant at the University of Utah after doctors found a trace of marijuana in his system died Saturday at th...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sasi Arunachalam and fellow Huntsman Cancer Institute employees and University of Utah faculty members staged a sign-waving, honk-and-wave across the street from the University of Utah Hospital during the third day of protests over the firing of Huntsman Cancer Institute director and CEO Mary Beckerle. Huntsman calls for ‘inept’ U. administrators to be fired over cancer institute CEO’s termination
    The already-public spat between the Huntsman family and University of Utah administrators broadened Friday, with Jon Huntsman Sr. calling for the U.’s...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Huntsman Cancer Institute faculty make signs prior to their protest march from the HCI to President’s Circle to deliver their petition to University of Utah President David Pershing’s office, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Rift widens over Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO’s firing
    Two days after University of Utah officials abruptly fired the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s CEO, the institute continued to reel from a widening rift b...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Karen Huntsman, left, joins Mary Beckerle, acclaimed researcher at Hunstman Cancer Institute after she was unexpectedly fired from her post as CEO and director of the Institute. In an email sent Monday afternoon, Vivian Lee, senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Utah announced the departure with no reason given. Huntsman says University of Utah ‘power grab’ is behind firing of acclaimed researcher from cancer institute top post
    Top Utah cancer researcher Mary Beckerle said she was going about her Monday activities when she opened an afternoon email from University of Utah Pre...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, left, and Claire Larson who received a heart transplant in 2016, share their personal experience during a celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the digital Yes Utah Donor Registry. The move drastically increased the number of organ donors in Utah as well as saving many more lives of those on transplant lists around the state. Organ donor database marks 15 years
    As a drowsy haze from the anesthesia wore off, Claire Larson kept asking, “Is the new heart in me?” And her doctors, nurses and family happily answere...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 10:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • More than a third of Utahns know someone who died by suicide, 42 percent know someone who tried, poll shows
    Nothing could have prepared Aaron Burgin for the news of his brother’s suicide nor the emotions it brought. People offered well-intended advice and c...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   The Utah Capitol steps were covered with 600 pairs of shoes in February , representing the lives lost to suicide in 2016. With teen suicide rates rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Utah Department of Health support collecting data on sexual orientation among Utah high schools students, but key school districts have blocked the move, deeming the issue too sensitive for a school survey. Utah school districts block sexual-orientation question on student survey
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    Updated Apr 05 2017 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fewer Utahns going without health insurance, though obstacles persist
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    Updated Apr 03 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Celeste and Dennis Cecchini’s son Tennyson was 33 when he became addicted to opioids after a sports injury. That addiction turned to heroin. As the addiction took over, he lost his job and ended up living with his parents. He tried outpatient treatment but it didn’t work. His parents then put him in inpatient treatment. He was there for 60 days, but four days after he was released, Tennyson was dead, leaving behind an eight-year-old son. Poll: Many Utahns know people who seek treatment for opioid addiction, but barriers remain
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    Updated Apr 02 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of the Southeast Utah Health Department The Southeast Utah Health Department created the 5k Butt Run to raise awareness about the negative affects of Tobacco with the slogan ’Don’t be a Butt-head Tobacco Kills.’ Despite ‘unhealthy’ ranking, Carbon County finds motivation through local programs
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    Updated Mar 28 2017 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Shane Bryson is joined by his wife, Heather, as they climb together at the Front Climbing Club in Ogden. Shane is making a big change Friday, with a planned vasectomy. He pursued the procedure through a campaign at the University of Utah called U. Vas Madness, which promotes vasectomies during the NCAA Tournament. Vas Madness: U. program looks to men for an assist on birth control
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    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kelly Frappier, left, a graduating student from the University of Utah School of Medicine, hugs her friend, Cassandra Anne Rickets, on Friday after learning of her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania for general surgery. Ricketts also will attend her residency in Pennyslvania at Geisinger Health System for orthopedic surgery. It’s a match! U. medical students learn residencies
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  • Depression and heart disease is a deadly mix, Utah study finds
    The last eight years of research for Heidi May have been an exploration of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The chicken, in May’s case, is ...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Randall T. Peterson, Ph.D., poses for a portrait with zebrafish in the Radiobiology Lab at the University of Utah on  Feb. 7, 2017. Peterson uses zebrafish to model human diseases and then rapidly identify small molecule drug candidates for cardiovascular and nervous system disorders. U. researchers, reliant on federal cash, worry about cuts; Trump plans 20% reduction of NIH
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