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Seed Grants Awarded to Accelerate Novel Research in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative, and the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center (DMRC) has awarded grants to six projects designed to activate novel research projects in the areas of diabetes, obesity and metabolism. This year’s six recipients represent various colleges and departments across University of ...

In the Wake of Mass Shootings, a Reluctance to Talk About Gun Safety

At a time when discussions about access to firearms and gun safety are paramount, trusted professionals find it difficult to have those conversations. A new study shows that in the months immediately following mass shootings, doctors are less likely to ask routine questions about gun safety in the home. Scientists ...

Scientists Discover Link Between Specialized Brain Cells and OCD and Anxiety-like Behaviors in Mice

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 3 people experience debilitating anxiety—the kind that prevents someone from going about their normal life. Women are also more at risk to suffer from anxiety. Yet the roots of anxiety and other anxiety-related diseases, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ...

NIH Awards Support Projects that Tackle the Opioid Crisis

Two University of Utah School of Medicine projects – one based in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and another in the Emergency Department – have been awarded grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL). This national effort provides $945 million ...

We Are All Mutants, More or Less

SALT LAKE CITY - Everyone is a mutant but some are prone to diverge more than others, report scientists at University of Utah Health. At birth, children typically have 70 new genetic mutations compared to their parents (out of the 6 billion letters that make both parental copies of DNA sequence). ...

First Marker for Mysterious Vaping Illness Identified

The presence of fat-laden cells in the lung could assist with diagnosis and understanding the cause of the disease. (Salt Lake City) – Doctors have identified previously unrecognized characteristic of the vaping-related respiratory illness that has been emerging in clusters across the U.S. in recent months. Within the lungs of these patients are large immune cells containing numerous oily droplets, called lipid-laden macrophages.   The finding may allow ...

Inaugural class of Top 25 Innovators includes Kensaku Kawamoto

Modern Healthcare's inaugural class of Top 25 Innovators includes Kensaku Kawamoto, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S., associate chief medical information officer at University of Utah Health. The complete ranking of national innovators is featured in the August 19 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, which can be viewed here.  Dr. Kawamoto is honored for his work improving electronic ...

Up to Half of Patients Withhold Life-Threatening Issues from Doctors

Facing the threat of domestic violence, being a survivor of sexual assault, struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide are four topics that are difficult to broach with anyone. Including those who can help you. A new study reveals up to 47.5 percent of patients who feel they face one or ...

Foraging for Information: Machine Learning Decodes Genetic Influence Over Behavior

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements. Researchers at University of Utah Health are using machine learning to draw links between genetic controls that shape incremental steps of instinctive and learned behaviors. The results are available online in Cell ...

These Gut Bacteria Prevent Obesity in Mice. What Could That Mean for Us?

Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a specific class of bacteria from the gut that prevents mice from becoming obese, suggesting these same microbes may similarly control weight in people. The beneficial bacteria, called Clostridia, are part of the microbiome — collectively trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms ...

Prosthetic Arm Can Move and Feel

Keven Walgamott had a good “feeling” about picking up the egg without crushing it. What seems simple for nearly everyone else can be more of a Herculean task for Walgamott, who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident 17 years ago. But he was testing ...

Men Who Avoid Teen Parenthood Through Partners’ Use of Abortion Gain Long-Term Economic Benefits, First of Its Kind Study Says

Studies have shown an association between adolescent girls’ access to abortion services to end an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy and subsequent educational attainment, avoidance of bad relationships and socioeconomic status.Now, a first of its kind study by a team of University of Utah researchers shows the girls’ teenage male partners ...

University of Utah Names Six Additional Recipients of the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs

The University of Utah and the Huntsman Foundation have announced six additional presidential faculty chairs. The Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chairs provide sweeping support to academic researchers, educators, and clinicians spanning a wide array of fields. The presidential chairs are named for the late businessman, philanthropist and founder of the ...

Tiny Change Has Big Effects, Reverses Prediabetes in Mice

Results highlight potential diabetes drug target and role for ceramides in sensing nutrition. A small chemical change — shifting the position of two hydrogen atoms — makes the difference between mice that are healthy and mice with insulin resistance and fatty liver, major risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. Making ...

NIH Grant Funds Research into New Approaches to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

Utah is not immune to the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the country. The state has witnesses more than 450 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017, a rate higher than the national average (15.5 compared to 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people). A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at University of Utah Health ...

Children Who Use Asthma Tracking App Have Better Disease Control and Fewer Hospital Visits

(Salt Lake City) - An app that allows parents and doctors to monitor a child’s asthma has a big impact on managing the disease. When families monitored symptoms with eAsthma Tracker and adjusted care accordingly, children had better asthma control and made fewer visits to the emergency department. Using the ...

Health Care Transformation


Transparency and Trust – Online Patient Reviews of Physicians

(January 19, 2017) Examining review site giant Yelp’s entrance into health care, University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., says transparent, validated data about health care system performance “has the power to change the culture of health care.” The question is, how should information be shared, and by whom.

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She’s Calling for a Health Care Revolution. The Radical First Step: Listen to Patients.

(October 17, 2016) During the past decade, University of Utah Health Care has “repeatedly challenged the conventions of medical care and upended the relationships between doctors and patients,” Casey Ross reports. Now CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is calling for another revolution: defining value according to terms that matter to patients.

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The U’s Health Care System – the World is Paying Attention

(October 10, 2016) “There’s something extraordinary going on at the University of Utah Health Care system that’s promising to revolutionize the way medical care is priced and delivered not only here, but throughout the world – and the world is paying attention,” wrote the Deseret News editorial board in recognizing University of Utah Health Care’s top ranking in the nation for quality.

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University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 14,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health's impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and well being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

University of Utah Health is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. It is also the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

Named as one of theTop 10 in QualityBy University Health System Consortium for ten years in a row

Named the No. 1 hospital in Utah by U.S. News and World Report

Half our providers rank in the top 10%, and a quarter rank in the top 1% for patient satisfaction

Health Sciences Received$270 Million In GrantsDuring Fiscal Year 2015