News Clips for Aug. 16, 2018

US News: The No. 1 hospitals by state for 2018-19

Since 2011, U.S. News & World Report has also compiled a list of the Best Regional Hospitals to help patients find quality care close to home. The publication released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2018-19 on Aug. 14. The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4,500 medical centers across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. For this year's list, 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

Fighting wildland fires the new norm—even for city firefighters

It might be surprising, but even in the Salt Lake City Fire Department, every firefighter has a "Red Card" certification in fighting wildfires. “Nowadays, you aren’t going to meet a firefighter who comes through Salt Lake City who doesn’t think wildland firefighting is part of the job,” said Ryan Mellor, Division Chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Elephants rarely get cancer thanks to 'zombie gene,' study finds

Less than 5 percent of elephants die from cancer, and researchers may have finally figured out why. According to a study from The University of Chicago, elephants produce "zombie genes" that can help protect the animal from cancer.

From the Magazine: Two Great Summer Reads

Everyone seeks out light fiction for their summertime reading, basically reading a new version of the same book every year. These two local authors aim to expand your mind, poolside.

The planned Orrin Hatch Center is an ‘offensive’ vanity play, according to Utah’s Democratic Senate nominee

Fundraising is now underway on a $40 million library and think tank in honor of retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to be located on South Temple in Salt Lake City. But one of the candidates vying for Hatch’s seat had harsh words for the project Wednesday, dismissing it as an “offensive” example of how Utah’s political elite, and Hatch in particular, is out of touch.

Medicaid Expansion Would Be a Boon for Utah’s Economy if Approved by Voters, New Study Says

A new economic analysis released by the Utah Health Policy Project today underscores how much Utah could gain if Proposition 3 passes this November. Proposition 3 would deliver life-saving health care to more than 150,000 Utahns, including parents and those with chronic illnesses. It would expand Medicaid to individuals earning less than $17,000 a year, or parents earning less than $34,000 per year for a family of four. It would also create and sustain thousands of jobs.

Trump signs bill for new suicide-prevention hotline number sponsored by Utah lawmakers

A national suicide prevention hotline could soon have a 911-style three-digit number, after President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday legislation sponsored by two Utah lawmakers.