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New Insights Into Little Known but Common Birth Defect: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia


Although many genetic mutations have been linked to CDH, a new study from the University of Utah School of Medicine is the first to demonstrate a linkage between genetic variation and a physiological mechanism that gives rise to defects in the...
22-Mar-2015 1:05 AM EDT

Largest Study of Its Kind Documents Causes of Childhood Community-Acquired Pneumonia


To investigate specific causes of childhood CAP, University of Utah Health Sciences and other institutions collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the largest study of its kind, the Etiology of Pneumonia in the...
23-Feb-2015 3:00 PM EST

Meth Messes Up Brains of Youths Far More than Adults

In a study with chronic adolescent and adult meth users in South Korea, MRI brain scans showed decreased thickness in the gray matter of younger users’ frontal cortex. Adult brains showed less damage.
11-Feb-2015 12:00 PM EST

Novel "Smart" Insulin Automatically Adjusts Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mouse Model


To mitigate the dangers inherent to insulin dosing, scientists have created a novel, long-lasting “smart” insulin that self-activates when blood sugar soars. Tests on mouse models for type 1 diabetes show that one injection works for a minimum...
5-Feb-2015 3:00 PM EST

Inducing, Augmenting Labor During Childbirth Not Associated with Increase in Autism

A research collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and the University of Utah’s Psychiatry Department found that induced or augmented labor does not result in an increased...
5-Feb-2015 7:00 PM EST

Case of Mistaken Identity Leads to Much-Needed Drug Target Against MRSA, Gram-Positive Infections


Scientists at the University of Utah and the University of Georgia have uncovered a pharmacological target that could enable development of novel drugs against antibiotic-resistant pathogens, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...
30-Jan-2015 3:00 PM EST

Cell Mechanism Discovered That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have found that defects in how cells are squeezed out of overcrowded tissue to die, a process called extrusion, may be a mechanism by which pancreatic cancer begins. From these...
27-Jan-2015 6:00 PM EST

Immune System Promotes Digestive Health by Fostering Community of “Good” Gut Bacteria

1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The condition is associated with an imbalance among the thousands of species of “good” bacteria that inhabit the...
16-Jan-2015 2:00 AM EST

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