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    Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Aug 26, 2016

    Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Today's Want To Know Her spotlights a top notch surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional honors, juggling life as a wife and mom, too. Dr. Cindy Matsen is a breast cancer surgeon treating mothers, sisters, wives and daughters battling breast cancer.... Read More

    Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group
    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Aug 25, 2016

    Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group

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    People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis. ... Read More

    Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation, Research
    Aug 24, 2016

    11 female CEOs making their mark in healthcare

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    As CEOs, these 10 women have positively impacted their hospitals and health systems, and the greater healthcare industry. Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, serves as the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In her role, she oversees four hospitals, 10 health centers, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center and five colleges. Under Dr. Lee's leadership the health system has ranked among the nation's top 10 in quality and safety academic hospitals. Dr. Lee oversaw the opening of the School of Dentistry and the launch of the Utah Genome Project. She is on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital, among other organizations.... Read More

    New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
    Aug 22, 2016

    New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper

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    The wealthy new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune says his father, Utah billionaire and industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr., will serve in a role at the newspaper as chairman emeritus. Deputy editor Tim Fitzpatrick says Tribune publisher Paul Huntsman made the announcement with his father Monday during a meeting with the newspaper's staff and new editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce.... Read More

    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education, Research
    Aug 11, 2016

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. reports second quarter 2016 financial results and provides company updates

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CGIX), an emerging leader in molecular and biomarker-based cancer diagnostics, announced today financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided other company and business updates. Total revenues were $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and included $4.2 million from Biopharma services and $2.5 million from Clinical services, compared with total revenue of $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 67 percent.... Read More

    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education, Research
    Aug 08, 2016

    Colonoscopy pill, replete with nano-x-ray machine inside, in development

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    Check-Cap Ltd. (the “Company” or “Check-Cap”) (NASDAQ: CHEK, CHEKW), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company engaged in the development of an ingestible capsule for preparation-free, colorectal cancer screening, today announced it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare to develop and validate high-volume manufacturing for X-ray source production and assembly into Check-Cap’s capsule. Upon successful completion, the parties may discuss collaboration on execution of a high-volume manufacturing facility and distribution of the Check-Cap system.... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings
    Education, Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation
    Aug 02, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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    SALT LAKE CITY—U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone, and this recognition reflects our efforts to relieve the burden of this disease on our patients and their families through excellent patient care and robust scientific research. We are motivated by the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.”... Read More

    Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Aug 02, 2016

    Madison Memorial, Huntsman Institute partner up

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    Madison Memorial Hospital officials last week announced a new affiliation with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. Madison Memorial Hospital is a 69-bed, full-service medical facility. Huntsman Cancer Institute is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers, a Madison Memorial news release said. Madison Memorial’s partnership with the Salt Lake City-based Institute will extend its resources to Madison County and the surrounding communities, the release said. The agreement, which formalizes a long tradition of collaboration between the two entities, sets the stage for Madison Memorial to provide improved patient access to cancer specialties including clinical trials and other research efforts, the release said.... Read More

    Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings
    Health Care Transformation, Research, Education, Clinical
    Aug 02, 2016

    Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

    Huntsman Cancer Institute,

    U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone, and this recognition reflects our efforts to relieve the burden of this disease on our patients and their families through excellent patient care and robust scientific research. We are motivated by the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.” ... Read More

    Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion
    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education, Research
    Aug 02, 2016

    Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion

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    For Chris Jensen, science and religion are like "the marriage of two mysteries." A biologist and senior laboratory specialist with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jensen said his work enriches and reinforces his Lutheran faith. Science looks at objects large and small, he said, and God is present in all of them. "Things just work really, really elegantly and beautifully together," he said. "Whether you take faith as the answer to that or not is individual." Jensen is a member of Salt Lake City's Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, where the interplay between science and faith — often seen in conflict — is encouraged and celebrated.... Read More

    Better health before surgery leads to better outcomes
    Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation, Research
    Aug 01, 2016

    Better health before surgery leads to better outcomes

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    Surgery is part of cancer treatment plans in many cases. While surgery is an important part of treatment, recovery from surgery has a major impact on overall health. Strong for Surgery is a program that focuses on making small changes in health before surgery. Making these changes, even just before surgery, can make a big difference in recovery.... Read More

    Therapy on four legs
    Health Care Transformation, Clinical, Research, Education
    Aug 01, 2016

    Therapy on four legs

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    Every week, a special visitor appears at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). His job? To cheer up patients fighting cancer and their family members. His name is Misio, and he’s a therapy dog with Intermountain Therapy Animals. Kathy McNulty, a volunteer with the organization, is Misio’s escort. Kathy says Misio has only been coming to HCI for a few months, but she can already see the difference he’s making for patients and their families. “Over and over, I’ve seen tears turn to smiles,” she says. “Misio takes their minds off the procedures.”... Read More

    Why Do Elephants Almost Never Get Cancer?
    Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Education, Research
    Jul 31, 2016

    Why Do Elephants Almost Never Get Cancer?

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    P53 – one gene that may hold the key. Humans have two copies, but some people are missing a copy. For individuals with only one working copy of P53, their lifetime risk of cancer is nearly 100 percent. Elephants, after 55 million years of evolution, have 40 copies of the P53 gene. Those extra copies protect elephant’s cells from cancer by eliminating cells that develops any type of mutation that could go on to become cancer.... Read More

    Chemoprevention for People at High Risk
    Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation, Education
    Jul 31, 2016

    Chemoprevention for People at High Risk

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    Individuals with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) have a nearly 100 percent chance of developing colon cancer and often undergo surgery to remove the colon so cancer can’t develop there. A new medication being tested in a clinical trial lead by Jewel Samadder, MD, has shown promising results. The first round of testing shows that in less than six months, half of the patients who received medication saw a nearly 70% regression of polyps. For some, polyps disappeared completely.... Read More

    Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation, Research
    Jul 25, 2016

    NantHealth and University of Utah Establish Heritage 1K Project to Discover Genetic Causes of 25 Rare and Common Diseases

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    NantHealth, Inc., (Nasdaq: NH), a leading next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company, today announced that it has partnered with the University of Utah in analyzing the entire genomic profiles of at least 1,000 individuals who have a history of rare and life-threatening diseases and conditions in their respective families. The landmark project will focus on researching the genetic causes of 25 conditions, including, breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, autism, preterm birth, epilepsy, and other hereditary conditions. Genomic sequencing will be conducted with unique, comprehensive molecular tests offered by NantHealth. NantHealth’s genomic sequencing platform integrates whole genome (DNA) sequencing, and RNA sequencing. By carrying out this extensive testing, including analysis of germline and somatic samples, University of Utah and NantOmics researchers will be able to explore the underlying genetic causes of certain conditions and diseases at the cellular level.... Read More