Academics & Research

December 2021

Dec

22

COVID-19 Update, December 21, 2021

Although coronavirus infections are rapidly increasing across much of the US, they are decreasing here in Utah. This regional variation is currently weighing more heavily on the Northeast and Midwest portions of the country. For the first time in a long time, Utah’s decreasing positivity rates and cases are also leading to decreased hospitalizations. However, Omicron is the dominant strain of coronavirus in our region and there is still much that is unknown about the transmissibility and virulence of the variant.

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Dec

21

2021 Year in Review

It was another remarkable year for U of U Health! Highlights from 2021 demonstrate the impact our care providers, faculty, staff, and students are making on individual and community health.

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Dec

17

The Power of Recreation

If your job and your work are your first priority, your health and happiness may get short-changed. Regular recreation and outdoor time have enormous benefits for well-being. As a new year begins, it’s a natural time to get outside and put your priorities in order.

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Dec

14

Vitae Highlights Human Side of Research

Many researchers have a deeply personal connection to their work. At the 9th annual Vitae Symposium, six rising star investigators shared the stories that motivate scientific discoveries that are helping people live fuller, healthier lives. Vitae foregoes the typical scientific presentation format. Instead, speakers share their journeys through engaging TED-style talks.

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Dec

12

The Air We Breathe

During winter months along the Wasatch Front, temperature inversions often trap dirty air for us to breathe. Pulmonology professor Robert Paine, MD, details the latest research on polluted air and its effect on human health. He says while local air quality has improved in recent years, we still have a long way to go. Substantially cleaner air will take a combination of personal behavior, political will, and economic incentives.

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Dec

08

COVID-19 Update, December 7, 2021

We are seeing reversing and worrisome trends across the nation, but stable trends in Utah. The state has been on a sustained plateau in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for the past several months. We will continue to keep our eyes on these indicators as new variants and medications continue to evolve.

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Dec

03

Momentum for Anti-Racism Commission

In response to the 2020 petition from medical students for White Coats 4 Black Lives, the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine organized an Anti-Racism Commission with student and faculty representatives. José Rodríguez, MD, Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion shares the significant gains made over the past year.

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