News Clips for Jan. 12-15, 2019

Huntsman family donates $30 million to expand cancer institute in honor of the late Jon Huntsman Sr.

After her husband died last year, Karen Huntsman decided to clean out the cupboards and drawers of their home. And as she did, she found them filled with hundreds of little notes he had written to himself.

Utah study uses records dating to the 1700s to identify family trees for fountain of youth

Harold Nielsen has a few personal theories about what has kept him energetic and mentally sharp at 92 years old. For one thing, he says, he and his wife are "very conscious of what we eat," with a longtime daily diet rich in "fish and vegetables and so forth" and devoid of cigarettes or alcohol. For another, he credits a heart attack he suffered when he was 40 for inspiring him to work "pretty hard at staying healthy" and in shape.

UnDisciplined: The Cultural Anthropologist And The Population Health Analyst

We're talking about the ways warfare can build bonds in tribal societies, and how air pollution can have devastating effects in our modern world. We're joined first by Shane MacFarlan, who studies the ecology of cooperation and conflict in small-scale societies at the University of Utah. Joining us also is Claire Leiser, a Utah native who is now a research analyst at the Utah Population Database at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

US states with fewer cases of melanoma have HIGHER death rates from the cancer, study finds

US states with fewer diagnoses of melanoma have the highest rates of death from the disease, a new study says. Researchers from the University of Utah Health found that the states with the highest incidence of skin cancer - Oregon, Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Vermont and New Hampshire - have the best survival rates.


I’m not really into watching television shows. For me, it’s something I do only when I’m home alone and need some background noise in the house. Or when I’m not feeling well. Even then, I pretty much stick to reruns of 90s-era sitcoms such as Friends and Will & Grace.

Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism are unusually consistent over seconds — and even years, two new studies suggest1,2. One study shows that patterns of connectivity remain stable in autistic adolescents, whereas they tend to change and specialize in controls. The other study found that connections remain fixed longer in people with autism than in controls. Both focused on so-called ‘functional connectivity,’ the extent to which the activity of pairs of brain areas is synchronized.

Look to Your Aunts, Uncles and Parents for Clues to Your Longevity

Your chances of inheriting genes linked to longevity are highest if you come from a family with many long-lived members, researchers say. And that includes aunts and uncles, not just parents. Using databases at the University of Utah and in the Dutch province of Zeeland, investigators analyzed the genealogies of nearly 315,000 people from over 20,000 families dating back to 1740.

Traffic signs on S.R. 224 part of in-vehicle traffic app development

Electronic traffic signs along S.R. 224 have been informing commuters of their travel times to Park City and Interstate 80 over the last several weeks as part of a project a Utah-based company is spearheading to develop an in-vehicle app.

In our opinion: A positive step to combatting domestic violence

A bill before the Utah Legislature would add an important piece to the tapestry of laws protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly after their cases have gone to court. The measure deserves support and is among several before lawmakers that would close gaps to form a more secure safety net for those under threat of continued victimization.

Ways to stay safe and alert when dating

Author and professional speaker Dan Clark, spoke out on dating safety. He was a professor at the University of Utah who taught student Lauren McCluskey, who tragically was murdered at the university by a man she had briefly dated. Clark talked about how he knew the young girl, who was in his public speaking class and what we could learn from this tragedy.

Pesticide, metal exposure tied to increased risk of heart disease

Workers who are exposed to pesticides or metals on the job may be significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, a U.S. study suggests.

Pregnancy, Obesity & Immunosuppression Among High-Risk Factors for Flu Complications in Updated Guidelines

Pregnant women, those who have recently given birth, and individuals who are extremely obese or have immunosuppression are among the people at high-risk for influenza complications, including death, updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) state.

In Lauren McCluskey’s case, police computer systems worked the way they were supposed to. Reviewers say that’s the problem.

University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was worried. She’d been scared by the man she broke up with days earlier, and she had just made a $1,000 payment after receiving a threat that compromising photos of them together would be posted online. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.