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Kelly Gifford

Health reporter, Health, education and environment

801-257-8710, kgifford@sltrib.com


  • |  Courtesy of the American Culinary Federation  Madeline Black, a culinary student from Utah Valley University, competed last week in Orlando, Florida in the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition. She won the title and brought home a second national championship for the Orem university. UVU student wins national chef contest, putting Orem school ‘on the culinary map to stay’
    Madeline Black peered into the oven to see her potatoes gratin simmering golden brown. And while other chefs might have smiled or patted themselves o...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 08:05 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Orkin, LLC Health officials said Wednesday mosquitoes carrying West Nile had been detected in Draper and Uintah County.  More West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes found in Salt Lake County
    Health officials confirmed Wednesday that more mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in several areas of Salt Lake County. West Nile ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Tribune file photo)  West Wendover readies for marijuana dispensary, just 90-minutes’ drive from Salt Lake City
    West Wendover is officially ready for a medical marijuana dispensary – now all the city has to do is wait for interested businesses to apply. The Cit...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Frederick Dissel holds up bricks he picked up for his wife, Karen Gasparac Dissel who graduated from Granite in 1971, as Granite High School, behind, is demolished. Bricks from the school are being made available in the east parking lot in Salt Lake City Tuesday July 18, 2017. Alumni of demolished Granite High School can take home a piece of history
    Deanna Nielsen drove into a parking lot Tuesday afternoon to a massive pile of bricks as workers continued to demolish Granite High School The Sandy ...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 08:12 am   |     |   Share

  • (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) A May 17, 2017 photo of an Amazon Alexa device.  State officials in Utah are among the nation’s first to deliver government information ó including fishing reports, drivers license test questions and public meeting schedules ó via the voice-activated personal-assistant devices. Amazon’s Alexa knows a lot about Utah — just ask her
    Finding the best fishing spots in Utah or studying for a state driver’s test is now as easy as saying “Alexa.” The Beehive State is one of two states ...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:28 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     UtahÌs 2011 Teacher of the Year, Gay Beck, talks to a small group of people as Our Schools Now holds 7 simultaneous town halls throughout Utah to explain and receive feedback on its ballot initiative to raise $700 million for public education through income and sales tax increases. Orem Elementary School hosted this meeting in Orem Tuesday July 11, 2017. In Salt Lake and Utah counties, varying receptions for Our Schools Now initiative’s $700M-plus tax increase
    Orem • When school starts for her three children each fall, Marci LeMonnier said Tuesday, she is asked by administrators to donate supplies like copy ...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 05:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy Intermountain Healthcare   Intermountain Medical Center ranked 13th most beautiful hospitals in the country, according to a new Soliant Health poll. Which two Utah hospitals are among nation’s most beautiful?
    Intermountain Medical Center’s natural feel and Primary Children’s Hospital’s elegant form have helped put them on a list of the 20 most beautiful hos...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Nineteen-year-old Kayden Troff in his West Jordan home, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Troff will be competing in the U.S. Junior Championship in St.Louis  – a tournament he won in 2014. He heads off on his two-year religious mission to Australia in October. Utah chess prodigy aims for national title and then plans a bold move: shelve his pieces and go on a Mormon mission
    West Jordan • Kayden Troff’s passion for chess began at age 3 and will reach new heights this weekend, when the 19-year-old competes for his second na...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 07:48 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Orkin, LLC Health officials said Wednesday mosquitoes carrying West Nile had been detected in Draper and Uintah County.  Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in Draper, health officials say
    Health officials are confirming that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in the Draper area and in Uintah County near Naples. Altho...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 07:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Health care volunteer Thom Haslam checks the vital signs of 4-year-old Skylar Dumas at the 18th annual Junior League Care Fair at Horizonte Center in Salt Lake City Friday, July 9, 2010. Get free vaccines and screenings in Salt Lake City on Friday, Saturday
    Every year, Lisa Mietchen gets teary-eyed seeing the line of people waiting before the doors open on the first day of CARE Fair. The Community Assist...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 11:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune Advocates and community members wait in the lobby of the the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building on Wednesday, June 28, to hand off a petition urging Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee to keep Medicaid intact. Thousands of Utahns sign petition, urge Hatch, Lee to oppose GOP health care bill
    The day after a traffic-stopping rally protesting the GOP health care bill, patient advocacy groups hand-delivered thousands of signatures and persona...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • Rick Bowmer  |  AP Photo   Davis Cromar, center, holds his son Holden, 10, who suffers from epilepsy, while standing with other patients, caregivers and supporters during the Utah Patients Coalition news conference Monday, June 26, 2017, in Salt Lake City. A group of activists and Utah residents with chronic conditions has launched a ballot initiative to ask voters next year to pass a broad medical marijuana law. Yes to medical marijuana in Utah, no to smoking it: Here’s what Utahns may vote on in 2018
    After years of failed legislative attempts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, supporters now are attempting to take the issue straight to voters. ...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 11:31 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

  • |  Courtesy of Wasatch Resource Recovery  Rendition of Utah’s first anaerobic digester for turning organic food waste into renewable fuels. Officials broke ground on the new facility Thursday. Utah facility can turn food waste into enough natural gas to power a small city
    North Salt Lake • State and local officials broke ground for Utah’s first food digester Thursday morning in a project aimed at reducing landfill waste...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 02:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • Andre Penner  |  Associated Press file photo A female Aedes aegypti mosquito gets a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo’s University in Sao Paulo, Brazil last year. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is behind the outbreaks of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. Zika-prone mosquitoes virus are in Vegas. Here’s why southern Utah officials aren’t too concerned.
    The type of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus recently was trapped in Las Vegas — 144 miles from southern Utah. But Washington County officials ar...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 10:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah improves its child-health rankings, report says, but Medicaid changes may loom
    Although a national report shows significant improvements to children’s health in Utah, advocates fear future progress may be halted by national and s...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share

  • Health premiums could spike, Utah officials say
    Health insurance premiums in Utah are expected to rise by at least 15 percent across the board in 2018 if a system of subsidies for lower-income resid...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • (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
    Ten years after Utah’s worst outbreak of the water-borne cryptosporidiosis bacteria, health officials are still not taking chances with residents’ saf...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Dr. Rulon Hardman, radiologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute describes the detailed on screen images of a prostate from patient in the MRI machine in the next room.   Huntsman is using an MRI and guided needle method to perform prostate biopsies for patients with prostate cancer that is more accurate than previous forms. A standard biopsy takes samples from 12 random spots hoping to find cancers, whereas this new method using an MRI and needle finds a precise point to take the biopsy with results that are much more accurate. MRI-guided biopsy pinpoints prostate cancer tests
    When doctors confirmed Tommy Tanzer’s prostate cancer diagnosis, relief washed over him. Previous biopsies repeatedly came back negative for cancer, e...
    Updated Jun 03 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share

  • (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
    Bountiful • Opioid addiction nearly wrecked their lives, but Amanda Brunson and her husband, Michael Richmond, found a saving grace. In their early da...
    Updated May 29 2017 05:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The University of Utah Medical School holds a memorial service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery for all of the bodies donated to science that helped medical students learn to become doctors. The service honored 241 individuals who gave their bodies to science and education at the University last year. Ceremony honors 241 who donated bodies for U. medical studies
    Christie Evans and her mother, Norma Kjelstrom, made a pact in the 1970s to donate their bodies to the University of Utah for medical study. Their dec...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (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
    With warmer temperatures melting winter away, health officials are warning Utahns to tread carefully as the summer swimming season approaches. Cold a...
    Updated May 24 2017 09:44 pm   |     |   Share