News Clips for Jan. 8-9, 2020

University of Utah hires new police chief

The chief of police at the University of Dayton in Ohio has been selected to become the new police chief at the University of Utah. Rodney Chatman will replace embattled Chief Dale Brophy as the new chief for the U.’s Department of Public Safety. Brophy retired in October following heavy public scrutiny over his department’s handling of the Lauren McCluskey murder on campus. Chatman will begin his new job on Feb. 17.

Articles in ‘predatory' journals receive few or no citations

Six of every 10 articles published in a sample of “predatory" journals attracted not one single citation over a 5-year period, according to a new study. Like many open-access journals, predatory journals charge authors to publish, but they offer little or no peer review or other quality controls and often use aggressive marketing tactics. The new study found that the few articles in predatory journals that received citations did so at a rate much lower than papers in conventional, peer-reviewed journals.

Maria O'Mara To Lead NPR Utah And PBS Utah As Executive Director

Three years ago, Maria O’Mara returned to lead the public radio station where she started her career as a reporter in the 1990s. Next month, the general manager of KUER (NPR Utah) will assume a new role: overseeing both KUER and PBS Utah.

Older people need geriatricians. Where will they come from?

Linda Poskanzer was having a tough time in her late 60s. “I was not doing well emotionally,” she recalled. “Physically, I didn’t have any stamina. I was sleeping a lot. I wasn’t getting to work.”

Following the lizard lung labyrinth

Take a deep breath in. Slowly let it out. You have just participated in one of the most profound evolutionary revolutions on Earth -- breathing air on land. It's unclear how the first vertebrates thrived after crawling out of the sea 400 million years ago, but the lungs hold an important clue. Birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals have evolved diverse lung structures; air flows through them in complicated ways.

Respiratory infections are on the rise in Utah

A virus that causes cold-like symptoms is on the rise in Utah, Intermountain Healthcare says. The respiratory syncytial virus, and similar viruses, are at moderate to high levels across the state.

As stigma ebbs, college students seek mental health help and campuses struggle to meet need

College campuses are juggling a lot more than providing students with a robust education. They’re being flooded with requests for mental health services from students dealing with anxiety, depression and suicide ideation.

Robert Gehrke: Gov. Gary Herbert’s final budget could really help Utahns

Gov. Gary Herbert issued his budget proposal for the coming year Wednesday, a dense $20 billion blueprint that is, at its core, utterly ceremonial and probably gets a lot more fanfare and media attention than it deserves.

Barbie dolls get scientist makeover to inspire kids

American forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni’s dream has come true with the launch of Barbie dolls who are dressed up as scientists. Nadkarni, from the University of Utah, has been called "Queen of the Forest Canopy" by National Geographic. Her love of nature started as a child when her idea of fun was eating an apple and reading a book under the backyard tree after school, according to CNA.

At 2020 deadline, progress in Patrick Soon-Shiong’s ‘cancer moonshot’ is hard to find

In 2016, the biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong set himself a deadline: By 2020, he would transform the fight against cancer. With the help of a coalition of big-name companies, researchers, and physicians, Soon-Shiong vowed, he would enroll 20,000 cancer patients in clinical trials and develop an effective vaccine to treat the disease.

Legislature seeks road map for air quality policy

The Utah Legislature is preparing policies dealing with air quality. To assist in this effort, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute with the University of Utah prepared a road map for the effort. The result is called the Utah Roadmap.

Zinc, folic acid supplements fail to enhance male fertility

Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male infertility, failed to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts, and sperm potency in a new study conducted at University of Utah Health and other medical centers in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. According to the researchers, the finding presents the most definitive evidence to date that so-called fertility supplements do not live up expectations.

Heart Health In The New Decade: Updates On Cholesterol And Intermittent Fasting

Dr. Michael Pestotnik joins The Mountain Life. Dr. Petotnik is an internal medicine physician at University of Utah Health Redstone Health Center, and he specializes in the healthy heart. We all need an occasional reminder on how to maintain a healthy heart and also to hear about new heart research - what’s helpful and what’s harmful.

Did you know brow lifts can improve your vision?

Dr. Courtney Crombie MD, of University of Utah Health joined Good Things Utah to talk about the benefits of brow lifts. Brow Lifts can not only improve your appearance, but can also benefit your vision (sagging brows can reduce your vision).