News Clips for August 18-20, 2020

When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse

Some pediatricians are trained to determine whether kids’ injuries are accidental. Their assessments can be subjective—but they’re often accepted as fact. And when they’re wrong, parents can needlessly end up in jail.

Science Says: People stoking brew that makes California burn

If you want to build a fire, you need three things: Ignition, fuel and oxygen. But wildfire in California is a much more complex people-stoked witch’s brew.

Commentary: Getting to zero cases of AIDS in Utah

Forty years ago, America faced a viral pandemic spreading rapidly across the globe, killing otherwise young and healthy individuals. In the early ’90s it became the leading cause of death among Americans ages 25-44.

UofU’s New Rehabilitation Hospital Helps Man With Broken Neck Walk Again

Spinal cord injuries and brain trauma can be life-altering but a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital in Utah is giving a man who broke his neck and his mother hope.

What is a chief wellness officer?

With increasing rates of physician burnout, health systems can no longer afford to ignore this major public health issue.

Music Study May Help Keep Your Brain Young, Science Says

Can music slow down and even reverse the effects of aging and dementia in the brain? New studies join a growing body of research that suggests the answer may well be in the affirmative.

Thomas Sowell Launches Misguided Assault on Teacher Tenure

Economist Thomas Sowell declares war on teachers unions in his highly publicized new book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies. Sowell charges—as do many conservative opponents of unions—that teachers unions have made it excessively difficult to remove ineffective teachers.

Trump fetal tissue ethics board urges rejection of nearly all research proposals

A new advisory board, created to review the ethics of proposed fetal tissue research grants, is urging the Trump administration to block government funding for nearly all of the applications—essentially seeking to ban support for most such scientific work.

Utah’s construction industries remain strong, while leisure and hospitality struggle

The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute has compared several economic indicators over the past year and shows that Utah’s economy was in a strong position before the coronavirus pandemic, and is rebounding quicker than many other states.

P-S Gar mental health providers attend psychology training

Nearly 30 Peterson-Schriever Garrison mental health providers gathered at Peterson’s Chapel Aug. 13-14 for training on cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention. Suicide affects thousands of service members and veterans each year, and when mental health providers have training to assist those who need, it helps to save lives.

As Utah campuses reopen, questions remain as to whether they can stay that way

One week. That’s how long the doors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remained open for its fall 2020 term, which began Aug. 10. The Monday after — and over 175 positive COVID-19 tests later — the university declared the situation “untenable” and said it would transfer all courses online effective Wednesday.

Child sex abuse victims don’t need to testify twice, Utah Supreme Court rules

The Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that children who report that they were sexual assaulted don’t need to testify and confront their alleged abuser multiple times in court.

Robert Gehrke: Why Jon Huntsman shouldn’t run a write-in campaign for governor

“He’s not your typical candidate,” said Matthew Burbank, a University of Utah political science professor. “A former governor, he’s been elected, he’s been reelected. He’s very well-known in the state, obviously, and somebody with a lot of resources.”

What does University of Utah give up after slashing millions in student fees?

Some higher education institutions across the country have added coronavirus-related fees. Not so in Utah.

U of U Health to offer in-car COVID testing at four locations

The University of Utah Health announced Wednesday it will conduct COVID-19 testing at four separate locations, offering reserved times for in-car tests. Making reservations is not required, the company said, but will help reduce wait times.

Utah company awaits state, federal approval for COVID-19 saliva test

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the first saliva COVID-19 test in May which involved a Utah based company. Since then, the FDA has authorized four more saliva-based testing methods, including the Yale School of Public Health’s SalivaDirect COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Three Utah universities will reduce Fall 2020 semester fees

Three of Utah’s universities will reduce their student fees for the Fall 2020 semester. Both the University of Utah, Utah State University say they will credit each enrolled student $150 to, “support student access, retention and completion during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Students at campuses other than Utah State’s main Logan campus will be credited $95.

UofU Health Streamlining Process To Get Tested For Coronavirus

The University of Utah is looking to speed up the process for people to get a COVID-19 test. Patients who need to be tested for the virus can now reserve a testing time at one of the University of Utah Health’s four in-car testing sites. Reserved testing times are not required, but they are encouraged to keep wait times down.