News Clips for December 9-11, 2020

Fighters Win Key Ruling in Case That Could Upend U.F.C.’s Business

A judge said he would grant class-action status to a group of fighters arguing that the Ultimate Fighting Championship suppresses pay. If the fighters win, it could force the U.F.C. to pay much, much more.

Politicians say the middle class gets a bad deal from the U.S. tax system. They’re (kind of) wrong.

The idea of an onerous middle-class tax burden permeates the American political psyche. Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump campaigned on middle-class tax cuts. The myth of the “forgotten man” who pays all his taxes and reaps none of the benefits remains a galvanizing force in U.S. politics.

University of Utah, other health systems struggle to provide the same coronavirus treatment Trump received

Antibody treatment has benefits, but forces health systems into making tough choices.

More Colleges Are Offering Income-Share Agreements. Are Students Buying In?

At an event in April 2019, Diane Jones, the Education Department’s principal deputy undersecretary, said the department was considering an experiment to help colleges offer income-share agreements (ISAs), a form of financing where students who borrow money promise to pay back a percentage of their future income as repayment.

Millions of Americans receive drugs by mail. But are they safe?

One evening in mid-June, Megan Becker stepped outside of her Las Vegas home and scooped up a package containing her medication, a monthly injection to prevent debilitating migraines.

Air pollution peaks linked to lower academic proficiency in Salt Lake County students

Researchers from the University of Utah believe poor air quality in Salt Lake County may have more far-reaching consequences on a child’s education than previously believed.

How writing a gratitude letter can help us get closer to the ones we love

The holiday season is in full swing and many turn to gratitude to help overcome the stress and anxiety that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought. Dr. Matt Woolley, a Clinical psychologist for the University of Utah and cohost of the ‘Project Recovery’ podcast, recently spoke about gratitude and how we can use it to get closer to the ones we love.

Preventing Type 1 diabetes by targeting a T-cell protein

In Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas. Scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine said they've found a way to rein in that autoimmune response by targeting a protein that’s essential for T-cell activation.

Even the youngest Utahns need mental health care, especially in a pandemic, experts say

The coronavirus pandemic is spotlighting the need for mental health care for the youngest Utahns, a group of experts said Wednesday as a new report estimated up to 20% of children from infancy to 8 years old may experience challenges.

Powering the Future with Renewable Energy

This week on the program, we air a panel on the future of renewable energy and the need to change our energy system to combat pollution and prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Policy Savants Panel: Is now the time to bond for infrastructure?

Given the need for stimulus, and the state’s healthy debt balance, should the next legislature approve a large bonding program for state infrastructure? If so, should part of the bond proceeds be used to expand public transit?

2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

As much as this year has been about Black Lives Matter, it is also about something else: This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

Frontline Utah healthcare workers could get COVID-19 vaccine next week

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should be available for frontline healthcare workers in Utah next week. That from the Utah Department of Health during a Salt Lake Chamber webinar Tuesday morning.