University of Utah Health Care joined pulmonary hypertension patients of all ages to celebrate becoming accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s accreditation program for Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers. ... Read More
Investigators at the University of Utah have identified distinct differences in the hearts of advanced heart failure patients who have defied the odds and showed signs of recovery from the disease. Published online in the journal Circulation, the new findings could help clinicians identify the best candidates for cardiac recovery therapies.... Read More
As commuters shimmy past large trucks on the road, they may glance over and wonder, “How safe is that driver next to me?” If the truck driver is in poor health, the answer could be: Not very. Commercial truck drivers with three or more medical conditions double to quadruple their chance for being in a crash than healthier drivers, reports a new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine. ... Read More
Can a failing heart recover? For many years, the answer to that question was unequivocally “No.” But as the University of Utah School of Medicine’s annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) will explore on Jan. 12-13, advances in treating heart failure are giving physicians, surgeons and researchers reason to hope the deadly disease might one day be defeated.
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After all the lifting, hauling and wrapping, worn out gift givers may blame the season’s physical strain for any shoulder soreness they are feeling. It turns out there could be another reason. A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury. ... Read More
A mother who died unexpectedly, a chance encounter with a snail biologist, a patient whose hands were so swollen that she could barely take care of her newborn. Inspiration often comes from unexpected places, a theme that reverberated throughout University of Utah Health Science’s annual Vitae. This year’s event spotlighted six star junior faculty who captivated the crowd with stories of their science, and how they got to where they are today.... Read More
Precision medicine promises health care tailored to every individual, a mission that opens exciting possibilities and poses unique challenges. How do we control cost, equalize access to care, and speed the journey to success? On Dec 1 and 2, 2016, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from across the country met to discuss these topics, and more.... Read More
Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings were published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience.
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In October, the Utah Hospital Association honored Van Vranken with the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Executive Award, which recognizes individuals who’ve made significant contributions to health care in our state.... Read More
Today, the University of Utah announced a $3.1 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how a person’s genetic makeup and a range of environmental factors, from air quality to nutrition, influence the health of children and adolescents. ... Read More
Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short sleepers” suggest that some of these people may be efficient sleepers, but may also be more tired than they realize.... Read More
Bucking national trends, a University of Utah Health Care program is making a difference in healthcare quality and cost, reports a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The value driven outcomes program breaks down health procedure costs to the level of each bandage and minutes of nursing time. After addressing inefficiencies exposed in three procedures - joint replacement, in-hospital laboratory testing, and sepsis management – patients fared better and costs fell.
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A factor found in umbilical cord blood could become the basis for developing a new therapy to fight harmful inflammation, University of Utah School of Medicine researchers report. When given to mice, the newly discovered factor countered signs of inflammation and sepsis, such as fever, fluctuations in respiratory rate, and death. The factor circulates in the blood of newborns for about two weeks after birth and is not found in older babies or adults, according to the study published online Sept. 6, 2016, in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. ... Read More
Squirting a simple saline solution into the nose twice a day could alleviate chronic nosebleeds just as effectively as spraying with any one of three different medications, reports a study published in JAMA and led by Kevin Whitehead, M.D., F.A.H.A., associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and director of the Utah HHT Clinical Center.... Read More
The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual quality rankings of hospitals and awarded University of Utah Hospital four stars, the highest ranking in Utah. ... Read More