News Clips for Feb. 14, 2020

U of Utah sends free, made to order 'Pleasure Packs' to students' dorms

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the University of Utah has launched a free condom and lubricant service, delivered straight to students’ dorms. The brand new Pleasure Pack Delivery service can be customized with various combinations of “barrier methods” including condoms, oral dams, and lubricants. Students can choose from all manner of condoms including lubricated latex condoms, latex-free, and internal condoms are offered.

Utah’s Olympic cauldron is coming down temporarily

Workers with Layton Construction and Mountain Crane began dismantling the 2002 Winter Olympic cauldron located at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium grounds on Thursday. Crews had to quit for the day after workers discovered that the estimated weight of the cauldron was off by about 2,400 pounds and a bigger crane would be needed to safely move it.

One woman’s journey out of foster care and the daunting task of ‘aging out’ for vulnerable youths

Life in foster care can be extraordinarily unstable. Children are often moved around. A survey of participants in the First Star Academy at the University of Utah, which helps foster kids develop a college-bound mindset, found some had been in 15 to 20 foster homes, the average nine different placements, says Alexa Hudson, program director.

Employers are adding high-tech solutions to solve a low-tech problem: Getting more sleep

With some people, said Kelly Baron, a clinical psychologist at the University of Utah, “it led them to engage in some behaviors that made their sleep worse.” “One of the best things you could do is just have a culture where you don’t send emails at night,” said Baron, “or where you incentivize people [against] being glued to their laptops all the time.”

Apalutamide Reduces Rate of Second Progression in Men With mCSPC

PFS2 benefit is an indicator of effective early intensification of treatment, is consistent with the overall survival (OS) benefit generated by apalutamide, “and together shows the totality of treatment trajectory,” said Agarwal, Huntsman Cancer Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Cabozantinib and Atezolizumab Combo Has Synergistic Activity in Metastatic CRPC

According to Agrawal, professor of Medicine at Huntsman Cancer Center of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, “cabozantinib promotes an immune-permissive environment that may enhance response to immune checkpoint inhibitors.” The clinical activity with the combination as opposed to monotherapy “is clearly indicative of synergy between these 2 drugs rather than merely additive actions,” he said.

In Praise of Morning Light

Kelly Glazer Baron, PhD, director of the behavioral sleep medicine training program at the University of Utah, says if people don’t get the right cues for wakefulness, the body will feel out of sync. “When those rhythms are off, you might have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and then have trouble falling asleep at night,” she says. “That happens to a lot of us on the weekends when we stay out late, then sleep in and miss the morning light exposure — then, when bedtime comes, we’re not sleepy.”

Stroke Risk Tied to Diabetic Retinopathy May Not Be Modifiable

In a new study with nearly 3000 people, those with diabetic retinopathy were 60% more likely than others with diabetes to develop an incident stroke over time. Investigators also found that addressing glucose, lipids, and blood pressure levels did not mitigate this risk in this secondary analysis of the ACCORD Eye Study.

7 Common Reasons People Apply for a Personal Loan

"The reasons for borrowing money are complicated, and it varies for different people, but one thing I think is a unifying theme in our country is that millions of Americans who are working hard are still struggling hard to get by day to day," explains Christopher Peterson. He's director of financial services for the Consumer Federation of America, and a law professor at the University of Utah who focuses on consumer protection.

Child “who returned from China” latest suspected case of coronavirus in Portugal

“We don’t fully understand the phenomenon – it may be because of differences in the immune responses of children compared to adults,” Dr Andrew Pavia, the chief of the Division of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah, told scientific news website Live Science. “One hypothesis is that the innate immune response, that is the early response that is aimed broadly at groups of pathogens, tends to be more active in children,” he said.

White House says other countries don't pay enough for drugs

“Drug prices are lower in other countries because those countries negotiate prices – we are the only first-world country that doesn’t provide universal health care and the only country that doesn’t negotiate prices,” said Erin Fox, the senior director of drug information at University of Utah Health. “Until the U.S. has the ability to negotiate for prices, we will always pay higher prices.”