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Newswise: Researchers Find Eight New Unique Gene Mutations in Patients with Hereditable Heart Muscle Disease
5-Mar-2019 7:00 AM EST
Researchers Find Eight New Unique Gene Mutations in Patients with Hereditable Heart Muscle Disease
Intermountain Healthcare

In a new study from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers have identified eight new gene mutations that may cause or contribute to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease not caused by known external influences, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or diseased coronary arteries.

Newswise: Taking Statins for Heart Disease Cuts Risk of Second Serious Event in Half, Yet Only Six Percent of Patients Are Following as Directed
1-Mar-2019 5:30 AM EST
Taking Statins for Heart Disease Cuts Risk of Second Serious Event in Half, Yet Only Six Percent of Patients Are Following as Directed
Intermountain Healthcare

A new study has found that patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease cut their risk of a second major adverse cardiovascular event by almost 50 percent, if they adhere to taking a statin medication as prescribed by their doctors.

Newswise: Cardiac Procedure Reduces Risk of Dementia in Patients with A-Fib and Carotid Artery Disease Better Than Medications
4-Mar-2019 6:05 AM EST
Cardiac Procedure Reduces Risk of Dementia in Patients with A-Fib and Carotid Artery Disease Better Than Medications
Intermountain Healthcare

In a new study from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers found that performing catheter ablations on patients who suffer from both atrial fibrillation and carotid arterial disease reduces the risk of dementia and stroke compared to managing their care with medications.

Newswise: U Biologists Experimentally Trigger Adaptive Radiation
28-Feb-2019 4:35 PM EST
U Biologists Experimentally Trigger Adaptive Radiation
University of Utah

Over four years, descendants of the lice evolved heritable color differences that spanned the full color range of the lice genus. This is the first study to show that the evolutionary changes occurring within a single species (microevolution) echoed changes among different species that diverged millions of years ago (macroevolution).

Released: 4-Mar-2019 11:20 AM EST
Promising New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Moves Forward
University of Utah

A study published today in the journal Nature Medicine led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) describes a new therapeutic approach with potential for patients with pancreatic cancer. These researchers discovered a combination drug therapy that may effectively combat the disease. HCI researchers first observed anti-cancer impacts in a laboratory setting and, subsequently, in its first use in a human patient.

Newswise: Turning algae into fuel
Released: 4-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EST
Turning algae into fuel
University of Utah

A team of University of Utah chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer to produce biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction method. This key discovery now puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel.

18-Feb-2019 2:00 PM EST
Tracking Cholera in a Drop of Blood
University of Utah Health

A multi-institutional, international team of researchers has developed a method that identifies individuals recently infected with Vibrio cholerae O1. The results of the study are available online in the February 20 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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12-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST
Gory, Freaky, Cool: Marine Snail Venom Could Improve Insulin for Diabetic Patients
University of Utah Health

Researchers at University of Utah Health detailed the function of cone snail insulins, bringing them one step closer to developing a faster-acting insulin to treat diabetes.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST
New phenomenon discovered that fixes a common problem in lasers: Wavelength splitting
University of Utah

A team led by University of Utah physicists has discovered how to fix a major problem that occurs in lasers made from a new type of material called quantum dots. The never-before-seen phenomenon will be important for an emerging field of photonics research, including one day making micro-chips that code information using light instead of electrons.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 11:05 PM EST
New Study Shows Cost Effectiveness of Early Cancer Surveillance for Patients Who Have a High Risk of Developing Cancer
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

New research published today in the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer shows how early cancer screening and surveillance in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) results in additional years of life, and is cost effective for third-party payers.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 1:30 PM EST
Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Mitigating Concussive Brain Injuries
University of Utah Health

Researchers at University of Utah Health and University of Washington found an FDA-approved cancer drug--paclitaxel--offers protection to mice after experiencing mild traumatic brain injuries.

Newswise: Collaborative Video Games Could Increase Office Productivity
Released: 29-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Collaborative Video Games Could Increase Office Productivity
Brigham Young University

Move over trust falls and ropes courses, turns out playing video games with coworkers is the real path to better performance at the office.

Newswise: John Theurer Cancer Center Leading Enrollment for Global Phase 2 WIZARD Study Evaluating DSP-7888 in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma
Released: 29-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
John Theurer Cancer Center Leading Enrollment for Global Phase 2 WIZARD Study Evaluating DSP-7888 in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma
Hackensack Meridian Health

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that it is leading enrollment worldwide for WIZARD 201G, a global Phase 2 study in glioblastoma (GBM). The trial, sponsored by Boston Biomedical, is evaluating DSP-7888, an investigational cancer vaccine, in combination with bevacizumab for recurrent disease.

Newswise: Protecting the Field of Dreams
Released: 29-Jan-2019 8:00 AM EST
Protecting the Field of Dreams
University of Utah

A team of University of Utah engineers have received a $2.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to design and build small chemical sensors that can “sniff” out when a plant is being attacked by insects or overwhelmed by weeds. The research is to benefit the production of biomass from corn, which is used to create ethanol for gasoline.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 7:30 AM EST
Intermountain Healthcare Collaborates with MDClone to Transform Patient Data into Actionable Insights
Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare has announced a new collaboration with Israeli healthcare IT company MDClone to increase caregivers’ ability to transform data into information they can use to help people lead the healthiest lives possible.

Newswise: Newly published paper examines river ecology on a global scale
Released: 28-Jan-2019 12:40 PM EST
Newly published paper examines river ecology on a global scale
University of Utah

A study that brought together data from around the world has led to new findings on the effect of climatic factors on river ecosystems. The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Science Advances, found that climatic factors such as temperature and moisture influenced carbon-cycling rates—decomposition rate of organic matter—of river and riparian zones at the global scale. Carbon cycling is critical for the functioning of systems ranging from local food webs to the global climate.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
University of Utah announces innovative financing program to help students finish degrees
University of Utah

The University of Utah today announced the launch of Invest in U, a pilot program designed to help students pay education-related costs so they can complete their degrees faster and launch their professional careers. The U is the first major university in the Western region to offer its students this type of financial assistance. Through the Invest in U program, the university will offer students the option of an income share agreement (ISA). This new financial aid tool addresses financial barriers that may result in a student prolonging completion of a degree or dropping out of college.

Newswise: Intermountain Precision Genomics Program Unveils New Myeloid Malignancies Panel to Help Clinicians More Accurately Classify Risk and Treatment for Patients
Released: 22-Jan-2019 5:30 AM EST
Intermountain Precision Genomics Program Unveils New Myeloid Malignancies Panel to Help Clinicians More Accurately Classify Risk and Treatment for Patients
Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare Precision Genomics has developed a new gene panel that will provide clinical utility to classify and diagnose certain types of blood cancers.

18-Jan-2019 4:00 AM EST
Researchers Conduct First Population-based Study of Suicide Risk in People with Autism
University of Utah Health

Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers.

Newswise: States with Fewer Melanoma Diagnoses Have Higher Death Rates
11-Jan-2019 4:00 PM EST
States with Fewer Melanoma Diagnoses Have Higher Death Rates
University of Utah Health

Researchers at University of Utah Health conducted a state-by-state analysis to understand the geographic disparities for patients diagnosed with melanoma. The results of their study suggest that lower survival is associated with more practicing physicians in a region and higher population of Caucasians.

Newswise: Eccles School MBA Online program ranked No. 17 in the nation
15-Jan-2019 8:00 AM EST
Eccles School MBA Online program ranked No. 17 in the nation
University of Utah

The MBA Online program at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business has been ranked top 20 in the nation in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Online MBA rankings, landing at No. 17 overall and No. 4 in the West.

Released: 10-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Spintronics “miracle material” put to the test
University of Utah

In a paper published today in Nature Communications, Vardeny, along with Jingying Wang, Dali Sun (now at North Carolina State University) and colleagues present two devices built using perovskite to demonstrate the material’s potential in spintronic systems. Its properties, Vardeny says, bring the dream of a spintronic transistor one step closer to reality.

Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized by Becker’s Healthcare Among 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center has been recognized by Becker's Healthcare as one of the "100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs 2018."

Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized with Six Women’s Choice Awards honoring ‘America’s Best Hospitals’
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been honored with multiple Women’s Choice Awards, honoring “America’s Best Hospitals” based on outstanding achievement in clinical excellence and patient experience.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Joseph Underwood, M.D. as Chair of Emergency Medicine
Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Joseph Underwood, M.D. as Chair of Emergency Medicine
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to welcome Joseph Underwood, M.D. as chair of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Breaks Ground on its Central Utility Plant Project
Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Breaks Ground on its Central Utility Plant Project
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center held a ceremonial groundbreaking event to signify the beginning of construction of its Central Utility Plant (CUP) at Second and Atlantic streets. This marks a key milestone in a campus transformation and modernization plan that will accommodate not only today’s needs but also the growing needs of the region to meet the highest standards of care.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Holds Third Annual Graduation Ceremony for Nurses in Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program
Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Holds Third Annual Graduation Ceremony for Nurses in Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the third annual Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) RN Fellowship Graduation Ceremony for nine registered nurses. The nurses are from 8PE and 8PW Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) units.

Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized Nationally Among the Greenest Hospitals
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by Becker’s Healthcare among 68 of the most "green" hospitals in the U.S.

Released: 8-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center to Offer Incisionless Surgery to Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Hackensack Meridian Health

More than 20 million Americans suffer with daily heartburn or other symptoms of reflux, such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Until recently, patients faced either a lifetime of daily medications, and often incomplete resolution of their symptoms, or the necessity of invasive surgery to alleviate their symptoms.

Newswise: Longevity primarily hereditary in extremely long-living families
Released: 7-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Longevity primarily hereditary in extremely long-living families
University of Utah

Longevity is heritable, but that primarily applies to persons from families where multiple members are among the top 10 percent survivors of their birth cohort. The key to a long life can probably be found in the genes of these families. These are the conclusions of researchers at Leiden University Medical Center, together with their colleagues from Nijmegen and the United States, in an article in Nature Communications.

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18-Dec-2018 6:05 PM EST
Dust threatens Utah’s ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’
University of Utah

New University of Utah research found that dust deposition speeds up snowmelt in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Scientists found that a single dust storm on April 13, 2017, deposited half of all dust for the season. The additional sunlight absorbed by the dust-darkened snow surface led to snow melting a week earlier.

Newswise: What's the ideal time to get pregnant?
Released: 20-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
What's the ideal time to get pregnant?
University of Utah

It is difficult to comprehend declining fertility rates without a deeper understanding of the underlying perceptions that drive fertility-related behaviors. In a recent study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, Robin E. Jensen, professor of communication at the University of Utah, surveyed 990 U.S. adults about their perceptions of human fertility.

Released: 20-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
Researchers Identify Genes Associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
University of Utah Health

Researchers identified three new sites in the genome that appear to be associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Newswise: The Nicola-Musso Charitable Foundation and Carol Musso Foley Commit to a Generous Donation for Cancer Care at Two Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals
Released: 12-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
The Nicola-Musso Charitable Foundation and Carol Musso Foley Commit to a Generous Donation for Cancer Care at Two Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health and the Meridian Health Foundation are pleased to announce a gift of $750,000 from the Nicola-Musso Charitable Foundation of New York, N.Y. and Carol Musso Foley of New York and Spring Lake, NJ, to be used to enhance cancer care services at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center.

Released: 10-Dec-2018 12:00 PM EST
Researchers Develop Personalized Medicine Tool for Inherited Colorectal Cancer Syndrome Risk
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

An international team of researchers led by Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) has developed, calibrated, and validated a novel tool for identifying the genetic changes in Lynch syndrome genes that are likely to be responsible for causing symptoms of the disease. The results were published this week in the journal Genetics in Medicine.

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9-Dec-2018 11:00 AM EST
Big Datasets Pinpoint New Regions to Explore the Genome for Disease
University of Utah Health

Researchers use a data set of more than 100,000 individuals to identify genetic regions intolerant to change that may underlie developmental disorders.

Newswise: Report Reveals Link between Air Pollution and Increased Risk for Miscarriage
Released: 5-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
Report Reveals Link between Air Pollution and Increased Risk for Miscarriage
University of Utah Health

Air quality has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes from asthma to pre-term birth. Researchers at University of Utah Health found women living along the Wasatch Front — the most populous region in the state of Utah — had a higher risk (16 percent) of miscarriage following short-term exposure to elevated air pollution.

Newswise: Finance Professor Elizabeth Tashjian named American College of Bankruptcy Fellow
Released: 4-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST
Finance Professor Elizabeth Tashjian named American College of Bankruptcy Fellow
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business

The American College of Bankruptcy will induct Elizabeth Tashjian, professor of Finance and Garn Faculty Fellow at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, as a Fellow of the College.

Newswise: Full of Energy
Released: 4-Dec-2018 8:00 AM EST
Full of Energy
University of Utah

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers have received a $1.88 million grant to study the properties of gallium oxide, which could prove to be an effective semiconductor for high-voltage systems. Gallium oxide could lead to much more efficient power converters that would lose much less energy as heat, creating all-electric airplanes and electric trains and buses that could last much longer.

Newswise: Ideal marriage partners drive Waorani warriors to war
Released: 3-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
Ideal marriage partners drive Waorani warriors to war
University of Utah

Researchers examined the social composition of raiding parties and their relationship to marriage alliances in an Amazonian tribal society, the Waorani of Ecuador. The Waorani formerly practiced lethal raiding, or small-scale warfare, as part of their social fabric. The anthropologists spoke in detail with tribal members in an attempt to understand what drives individuals to participate in acts of war.

Newswise: Why Patients Lie to Their Doctors
27-Nov-2018 6:05 AM EST
Why Patients Lie to Their Doctors
University of Utah Health

Up to 80 percent of those surveyed have lied to their doctor about information that could impact their health, including accurately describing their diet and how often they exercised. When survey participants explained their reasoning for doing so, they said that they wanted to avoid being judged and didn’t want to be lectured about how bad certain behaviors were. The research was led by scientists at University of Utah Health and Middlesex Community College.

Newswise: Top Three Finalists Announced in University of Utah's American Dream Ideas Challenge
Released: 29-Nov-2018 2:45 PM EST
Top Three Finalists Announced in University of Utah's American Dream Ideas Challenge
University of Utah

The top three ideas in the University of Utah’s American Dream Ideas Challenge aim to boost Utahns’ income by cutting transportation costs, leveraging unused storage space and revitalizing an economically depressed region of the state. Each team will receive $30,000 to use in refining its proposal and preparing to present the idea at the national round of the competition on Jan. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. The Utah teams will be presenting alongside proposals from The Ohio State University, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for up to $1 million in funding from Schmidt Futures.

20-Nov-2018 10:00 AM EST
Human ancestors not to blame for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa
University of Utah

New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years. Instead, the researchers argue that long-term environmental change drove the extinctions, mainly in the form of grassland expansion likely caused by falling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

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20-Nov-2018 10:20 AM EST
Human ancestors not to blame for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa
University of Utah

New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years. Instead, the researchers argue that long-term environmental change drove the extinctions, mainly in the form of grassland expansion likely caused by falling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

16-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST
Exploring the Genetic Contribution to Suicide Risk
University of Utah Health

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 44,000 people in the country every year, similar to the number of deaths caused by the opioid epidemic. Previous studies show that suicide tracks in families independent of the effects from a shared environment. Researchers at the University of Utah Health are using resources unique to the state to identify underlying genetic factors that may increase the risk for suicide.

16-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
New Blood Pressure Guideline Could Prevent 3 Million Cardiovascular Events Over 10 Years
University of Utah Health

In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines, lowering hypertension threshold to 130/80 mm Hg from the previous 140/90 mm Hg. A new study predicts that achieving and maintaining the 2017 guideline blood pressure goals could prevent more than 3 million cardiovascular disease events over ten years.


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