News Clips for April 13-15

Unraveling why some people get not one, not two, but many cancers

Many people assume that when cancer shows up following an earlier tumor, it is a metastasis from the first. But this is not always the case. Multiple primary cancers can arise by themselves, and researchers in recent years have begun to unravel some of the reasons. Joshua Schiffman, professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute and medical director of the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic, comments on his research.

University of Utah police investigate attempted sexual assault

Police at the University of Utah are investigating an attempted sexual assault on campus. According to tweets from the university, the assault happened at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday morning in the Rice-Eccles stadium parking lot.

Ken Garff family pledges $17.5M to Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion

Ahead of the annual Red-White game, the University of Utah announced that the Ken Garff family has pledged $17.5 million to the Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion project — the single-largest donation in Utah Athletics history. The project, which is set to begin following the conclusion of the 2020 football season, will raise the stadium seating capacity from 45,807 to 51,444 and provide premium seating.

Sundance Film Festival co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen charged with sex abuse

A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has been charged with sexual abuse of a young girl. He was a part-time instructor at the University of Utah until his recent resignation.

U of U researcher develop app to help people report hate crimes

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed an app that allows hate crime victims to report hate crimes beyond those captured by police.

4.1 earthquake strikes southwest of Fillmore, followed by 2 smaller quakes

An earthquake struck southwest of Fillmore Saturday night, the first in a series of three quakes to hit the region. Map shows the region hit by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in Utah, April 13, 2019 | Image courtesy of the University of Utah’s Seismograph Station, St. George News. The quake was reported 26 miles southwest of Fillmore, measuring magnitude 4.1 by the University of Utah’s Seismograph Station. It was followed 10 minutes later by a second quake measuring magnitude 2.9 and a third measuring 1.7 a half hour later.

All ages 'Hoop Camp' held at the University of Utah for special needs individuals

University of Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak and his staff put on dozens of clinics, but none quite like the one they conducted on Saturday. This one was for special needs kids and adults, of all ages and abilities. An organization called "Hoop Camp" teamed up with the Utes coaches and players for a three-hour clinic at the Huntsman Basketball Facility.

UnDisciplined: The Integrated Physiologist And The Socio-Techno Endocrinologist

Michelle Litchman is a nurse pratcitioner at the University of Utah whose research focuses on the intersection of diabetes, disease managements and technology. Her recent study in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology analyzed social media posts to better understand the health outcomes of people with diabetes who use open-source technology to provide for their needs.

Medicaid expansion may cover birth control for thousands more Utah women. Unwanted pregnancies, abortions will decrease, advocates say.

The new coverage for low-income women does not resolve every problem, said Jessica Sanders, a family planning research director and assistant professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Providers need more training on contraceptive care, and patients should be counseled on the options available to them. Sanders and her U. colleagues earlier this year launched an initiative called Family Planning Elevated to cover these gaps, paying particular attention to underserved rural communities.

As culture surrounding cannabis continues to shift, Utah's agriculture school launches hemp study

A potential partnership with the University of Utah's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is also being explored. Karen Wilcox, chairwoman of the U. department, said a possible partnership is exciting. "We try to find new therapies for both epilepsy and pain," she said. “Chronic pain is a very severe problem in the United States and its treatment of pain is, as we now understand, is probably not best to do with opioids, and so we're hopeful that by looking at different kinds of combinations of extracts, you know these natural products might actually be useful in the treatment of pain.”

Doctors Use Electrical Implant to Aid Brain-Damaged Woman

More than 3 million Americans live with disabling brain injuries. The vast majority of these individuals are lost to the medical system soon after their initial treatment, to be cared for by family or to fend for themselves, managing fatigue, attention and concentration problems with little hope of improvement. On Saturday, a team of scientists reported a glimmer of hope. Using an implant that stimulates activity in key areas of the brain, they restored near-normal levels of brain function to a middle-aged woman who was severely injured in a car crash 18 years ago. University of Utah was a collaborator.

Nature Therapy for People of Color in Traumatic Jobs

Jeff Rose, assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, studies the intersections of political identity and the outdoors. When it comes to outdoor therapy for people of color, Rose agrees with Rino that the issue is bigger than representation. “The outdoors is positioned as a ‘white space,’” Rose says, which becomes an issue when nonwhite people are invited to join.

An anonymous Instagram account that aimed to take down the advertising world’s sexual harassers may soon be unmasked

Former ad agency executive Ralph Watson filed a defamation suit last year against an anonymous Instagram account called “Diet Madison Avenue.” Matthew Tokson, associate professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, says he’s interested to see how the case is resolved. “The fact that people are functionally anonymous a lot of times produces good things since people can speak freely, but also produces a lot of bad stuff, like online abuse and the spread of fake news,” he said.

Despite Disputes With Trump, Other Republicans, Sen. Romney's First 100 Days 'Encouraging'

Shortly after Romney’s election, an AP Votecast poll found that 64 percent of Utah voters wanted him to stand up to President Trump. “I think those that want him to be sort of the foil to President Trump, they’ve had some reason to be satisfied,” said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Arizona LGBTQ Curriculum Law Repeal Is An Opportunity For Change Says Mom Of Plaintiff

A lawsuit was filed last month against Arizona education leaders over a law that restricts how LGBTQ relationships can be talked about in school health classes. Clifford Rosky, a University of Utah law professor, commented in the article.

The evolution of EL James

James changed the literary landscape with her blockbuster erotica trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey." She became a taboo-breaking evangelist for certain kinds of sexual fantasies that women were often silent about, or ashamed of.“It was not just her tapping into something, she commercialized it,” said Anne Jamison, an associate professor of English at the University of Utah, who studies fan fiction.

Pediatric ureteroscopy: Principles for safe surgery

Gregory Tasian, assistant professor of surgery at the Center for Reconstructive Urology and Men's Health, reviewed a video that provides an overview of ureteroscopy for ureteral and renal stones in children.

Can Music Reduce Pain?

From triggering intense emotions to healing broken hearts, music can be an incredibly powerful medium. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Utah is claiming that classical music can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in mice.

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