News Clips for Aug. 3-5, 2019

The Fundamental Link Between Body Weight and the Immune System

Inflammation plays a critical role in determining how we digest food, and it’s only now starting to reveal itself.

Without intervention, Utah's 'opportunity gap' between white, minority students will grow, regents told

Absent an intervention, ethnic minority students' rates of college enrollment and completion will continue to lag behind their white peers even as Utah becomes increasingly diverse.

Students are pledging a share of future income—a solution to the student-debt crisis or a predatory financial product?

Schools, philanthropists and Wall Street are interested, but consumer advocates remain concerned

Demand for birthing coaches increases in Utah County

When Melissa Chappell became a doula more than 20 years ago, the word “Doula” hardly existed. And yet the popularity and use of doulas — birthing coaches who support and coach women through labor — has skyrocketed in recent years, she said. Hospitals and maternity organizations across Utah County, where Chappell works, are seeing a growing demand for doulas, The Daily Herald reports.

Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in families with melanoma risks, study says

A new study led by the Huntsman Cancer Institute found that genetic testing motivates behavioral changes in families with risks of developing melanoma.

Poll: Majority of Utahns say it's time for someone else to be president other than Trump

A majority of Utahns believe one term in the White House is enough for President Donald Trump, according to a new poll for the Salt Lake Chamber. Just 45% of the likely voters polled said Trump should be reelected in 2020, while 52% said it's time to give someone new a chance to serve as president and 4% weren't sure how they feel about a second term for the Republican chief executive.

Isn’t it illegal to program a GPS while driving?

In Alberta, if you physically program a GPS while you’re driving, you could get directed to pay a $287 ticket. “It needs to be programmed before you begin driving,” says acting Sgt. Chris Agren of Calgary Police’s traffic unit. “You can also use voice recognition to put in directions, but you cannot be physically manipulating your GPS while you’re on the road.”

American Dreams Ideas Challenge seeks innovative policy ideas

The University of Utah, in partnership with Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, is sponsoring the American Dream Ideas Challenge. The challenge calls for innovative policy ideas or investable concepts that have the potential to increase net income for 10,000 middle-class households in Utah by 10 percent by 2022.

In our opinion: Solving health care costs requires a multi-pronged attack

People in the United States pay more per capita on health care than any other people in the world — $10,224 per person, according to 2017 figures compiled by the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker. The people of Switzerland came in a distant second at $8,009.

Remembering the 2007 Trolley Square Massacre

In the 12 years since the Trolley Square Mass Shooting in Salt Lake City, it’s been difficult for locals to keep up with the mass shootings happening across our nation. Sadly, they’ve become a common occurrence.