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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 a three school-year period. Nearly two-thirds of students in kindergarten through sixth grade who experienced …

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  • Expert: Pot-related transplant policies need review
    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 08:33 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 Apr 22 2017 09:53 am   |     |   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 Apr 20 2017 08:08 am   |     |   Share



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  • (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 Apr 21 2017 10:02 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
    Health officials have been effectively blocked from gathering survey data on gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students after key school districts...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fewer Utahns going without health insurance, though obstacles persist
    Fewer Utahns under age 65 are going without health insurance, according to new numbers, but experts say residents still face major obstacles in gettin...
    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
    When Dennis Cecchini drove his grandson, Kayson, to Ogden about a week ago, the 10-year-old knew to look west on Interstate 15. A billboard with a you...
    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
    Every year when the County Health Rankings are released, Debbie Marvidikis of the Southeast Utah Health Department knows where counties in her jurisdi...
    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
    Shane Bryson and his wife, Heather, want to focus on adventure. After talking it over, the Layton residents have scheduled his vasectomy Friday ...
    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
    Cassandra Ricketts’ hands shook as she gazed down at a white envelope holding the key to her future. The aspiring orthopedic surgeon normally has qui...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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
    At 5 days old, zebrafish are just tiny black specks barely visible through squinted eyes pressed close to their plastic container of a home. That size...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Esai ’K’ sits as his mother Sonia deals with paperwork at the Utah Health Policy Project, which among other things helps people sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Latino leaders say that President Donald Trump’s proposal to replace the ACA would be bad for Latino families. GOP health plan ‘bad medicine’ for Latino families, advocates say
    Latino leaders say Republicans’ “short-sighted” proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would cause millions of members of the Hispanic population...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (File photo | Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mary Beckerle, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, at the cancer center.  Lawmakers have approved at least $6.2 million in new money for the institue, funds that officials say will help expand research. State approves more than $6.2 million for Huntsman Cancer Institute research
    Lawmakers approved at least $6.2 million in new money for Huntsman Cancer Institute late Thursday, funds that officials at the Salt Lake City center s...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • E. coli outbreak tied to peanut butter substitute
    A peanut butter substitute is thought to be at the center of a multi-state E. coli outbreak. Although no cases have been reported in Utah, products c...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 08:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Report questions payments tied to donation to the University of Utah
    University of Utah officials say foundations owned by America’s richest doctor “delivered on commitments to the university,” despite a recent news rep...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 10:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Wei-Chao Huang works in researcher Christopher Gregg’s lab at the University of Utah. The team has explored brain cells that preferentially activate one parent’s copy of a gene over the other. Utah study: Cells playing favorites with one parent’s DNA may increase vulnerability for mental illness
    It’s been common sense and a basic principle of science: We get half of our genetic makeup from each of our parents. But scientists from the Universi...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake City fire department provides families with kits to reverse opioid overdoses
    The Salt Lake City Fire Department is one of the first in the nation to distribute live-saving Naloxone kits to the friends and families of potential ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 10:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden. Utah Senate keeps abortion language out of telemedicine bill in first vote
    Utah senators were unanimous Wednesday in their preliminary approval for a bill that promotes the use of telemedicine within the state. Without debat...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kimberly Fox, 53, now lives at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City.   She wants to work and be self-sufficient, but is in constant pain due to an injury dating back to 2002 and needs surgery. She was expected to be covered by a small Medicaid expansion in Utah by now, but that expansion plan is on hold, awaiting approval by the Trump administration. Caught in Utah’s Medicaid expansion limbo: Homeless woman wants to ‘try to be happy again’
    Kimberly Fox rolled her wheelchair through the hallways of the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City last month, reflecting on the events of the past de...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 01:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mumps outbreak reported in Salt Lake County
    Two children who attend the same school in Salt Lake County are recovering from mumps, which they both contracted despite being fully vaccinated. Coun...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share