News Clips for Jan. 5-7, 2019

'A new lease on life': University of Utah celebrates record-breaking year for organ transplants

Ben Burrup still remembers the very first time he felt symptoms from the cardiomyopathy that would turn his life upside down. It was December 2014, and Burrup was out riding ATVs with some friends when he felt his heart noticeably racing. "I never gave it a second thought," he recalls. "I just kind of let it go by." Also published in KSL, ABC4, KUTV and KJZZ

Meet Utah’s 15 most influential artists, chosen by more than 150 experts and fans

A new list of Utah’s 15 most influential artists is dominated by women and ranges from a documentary producer to a muralist, from a painter who celebrates nature to an artist who creates computer images, from a dancer to a photographer. The list began with nominees from the readers of online magazine 15 Bytes, which then asked more than 150 arts professionals to vote for up to 10.

A safe prenatal genetic test is gaining popularity with young moms-to-be and their doctors

During Carrie Wells’s first OB/GYN visit after learning she was pregnant this summer, the 30-year-old was surprised when her doctor suggested a blood test that could detect her baby’s risk of Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities as early as 10 weeks. At her age, she hadn’t been worried about conceiving a child with a genetic disorder.

How tainted drugs get to market, and make sick patients sicker

Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed. Then her doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been contaminated with the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia. Also published in the Chicago Sun Times

In Case You Missed It: 2018 Animal Math

Though 2018 has come and gone, it isn't too late to relish some interesting findings about animals and math from last year. Here are some highlights.

Will Technology Replicate a Human in 2019?

With the New Year and flu season both in full swing, health-related technology trends are top of mind for many. But going beyond more pedestrian trends (e.g., wearables), this article takes a look at one that verges on sci-fi: namely, replicating humans. More to the point, how easy and accurate would it be to replicate a human? And if successful, what consequences would that have for your health?

The youth have seen enough

Why are global politics so dysfunctional that the UN climate meeting requires a 15-year-old Swedish grade school student to speak the truth? Why does a coalition of youth, outside the COP 24 climate meeting articulate a more comprehensive action plan than the delegates inside the meeting?

Tribune editorial: On air quality, Utah sputters as Utahns cough

So here we are again. Particulates reached unhealthful levels in the Salt Lake Valley this week as another brown layer of inversion took hold.

In our opinion: U., BYU autism research is a show of compassionate health care practices

University of Utah and Brigham Young University researchers have made significant progress in the effort to understand the molecular underpinnings of autism. While their work has yielded biological insights, it also underscores the transformative power of compassionate health care practices.