News Clips for Jan. 4-6, 2020

Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says

In December, the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a new clinical report on autism, an extensive document with an enormous list of references, summarizing 12 years of intense research and clinical activity. During this time, the diagnostic categories changed — Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder, diagnostic categories that once included many children, are no longer used, and we now consider all these children (and adults) to have autism spectrum disorder, or A.S.D.

Candidates begin gathering signatures for place on primary ballot

The start of the new year means candidates running for state and federal offices, including in the already competitive congressional and gubernatorial races, can begin collecting voter signatures for a place on the primary ballot.

How air pollution could lead to broken bones: City-dwellers exposed to toxic air 'have weaker hips and spines and are more prone to fractures'

Living in polluted cities may make your bones weaker and easier to break, research suggests. A study of nearly 4,000 people in India found those who inhaled more toxic airborne particles had less bone mass in their spines and hips. Spanish researchers believe bones are weakened because tiny pollutants seep into the blood when inhaled and speed up the ageing process. Previous studies have linked pollution to low levels of parathyroid hormone, which regulates calcium production, leading to more fragile bones.

Mideast expert from University of Utah calls strike on Iranian general a ‘game-changer’

An expert on the Middle East called the U.S. killing of an Iranian general a “game-changer” in the sparring between the two countries, but the next move is anyone’s guess. The targeted airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, early Friday morning is different than U.S. forces taking down a terrorist such as Osama bin Laden. “Here it’s the U.S. attacking a state actor. That is a very significant game-changer,” Amos Guiora, a University of Utah law professor, said in a telephone interview from his native Israel.

A New Era In Utah: What's Behind The State's Record-Low Fertility Rate

After a decade-long decline, Utah’s fertility rate is at an all-time low. For the first time in recorded history of the Beehive State, the average number of children born to each woman during her reproductive years has dipped below 2.1, which is the threshold demographers say is needed for maintaining a population.

A New York Times column on ‘Jewish genius’ draws criticism for linking to a debunked University of Utah study

When it was first published last week, a controversial New York Times column about “the secrets of Jewish genius” linked to a 2005 study from a researcher labeled “an extremist,” revered by white supremacists and discredited by scientists — and who, for years, worked as a distinguished professor at the University of Utah.

Benefits of Walking: HERE's how it can aid weight loss and boost memory

People usually believe that walking is the easiest form of exercise, but however that's completely untrue. It is so because strolling and walking are two different things. Walking on a fast speed can help you lose weight. A University of Utah study found that in women, every minute of brisk walking throughout the day could lower the risk of obesity by 5 per cent.

‘Bigger is better’: Massive in-vehicle screens are the new normal at San Diego International Auto Show

There’s one similarity among the hundreds of shining new cars and trucks on display at the San Diego International Auto Show: their dashboard displays are getting bigger.

Tetons to close for goat gunning

A large swath of the high Tetons will be off limits next week to buffer the public from contracted aerial gunners who will have their sights set on mountain goats that have invaded the range and put a native species at risk. The area closure, which includes the north and west slopes of the iconic Cathedral Group, will begin Sunday and continue to as late as Jan. 12.

Free app, program helps animal shelter reunite families with their lost pets

It’s a scenario pet owners fear, one that can lead to a great deal of stress for an indefinite period of time: their beloved animal companion strays from home and cannot be found.

Study: Exposed lake beds, desert basins contribute 90% of local urban dust

A new study has wide-ranging implications for water quality, mountain snowpack, air pollution and the struggling Great Salt Lake, finding that 90% of dust along the Wasatch Front and in Logan comes from dried up lake beds and desert basins.

Utah sees Latter-day Saint slowdown and membership numbers drop in Salt Lake County

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recorded its smallest membership growth in Utah in at least three decades this past year. And, in 2019, 14 of the state’s 29 counties saw the actual number of members decline.

Utah architect David Ross Scheer: Here’s my list of the best Utah buildings

“Ten best” lists are great conversation (or argument) starters. If it’s a slow night in a sports bar, you can always liven things up by asking fans to list the 10 best baseball (football, soccer, badminton, bocce) players in history. Like all such lists, this one is subjective, but (I hope) not without a certain objective basis.

George Pyle: Where Biskupski lost me, familiar news from afar and an honor that got away

As Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski prepares to leave office, it is sad that my strongest memory of her administration is how she lost me. In December of 2016, the mayor held a news conference to announce the choices she and other city officials had made — after a closed-door process that made no one happy — for the location of what were to be four new homeless service centers that would replace the benighted Road Home shelter on Rio Grande downtown.

Jill Biden visits in Salt Lake City, says Joe can beat Trump, help McAdams

Former second lady and aspiring first lady Jill Biden visited with donors in Salt Lake City on Sunday night, promoting her husband as the candidate who can recapture the White House and help other Democrats. Biden singled out Rep. Ben McAdams, the only Democrat representing Utah in Congress and who won election in 2018 by fewer than 700 votes, as someone who can be helped if the party’s presidential nominee is former Vice President Joe Biden.

Motivate Your High Performers to Share Their Knowledge

Many employees fall into a rut. They do their jobs and respond to challenges in a set way to deliver stable results. But consistency can give way to performance gaps between a company’s high achievers and its weakest links. Fortunately, seeking help and adopting the practices of higher-performing co-workers can help those employees improve.

Do companies suffer when they offer paid parental leave? These economists believe they’ve found an answer

There’s “no measurable effect” on the profits, viability and long-term survival of companies where workers take paid time off to be with their newborn child, a new study suggests.

More People Are Turning to the Black Market for Life-Saving Medications

When you think of people selling and buying prescription medications on the black market, illegal drugs may come to mind. But the black market also includes donating, selling, and purchasing prescription medications that people need to survive.