News Clips for June 3, 2020

Light for lithography could pass printed fibers

University of Utah researchers have developed a printed fiber-based light modulating system that combines polymer printing and quantum wave optics, providing a new lithography platform.

Electronic health records are supposed to reduce medical errors in hospitals, but they fail to detect up to 33%, study says.

Electronic health records (EHRs) have largely replaced written medical records in hospitals across the country to reduce human error that could result in patient injury or death. A study found these new systems may be failing to do their job.

Fast-acting hybrid insulin borrows tricks from sea snail venom

Insulin has proven an invaluable, life-saving hormone since the first diabetes sufferers were injected with it in the 1920s, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Scientists at the University of Utah have been coming at this from an interesting, nature-inspired angle, borrowing useful elements of cone snail venom to produce a potent hybrid “mini-insulin” that acts far more swiftly, and could make treating diabetes far more effective as a result.

Paid family leave may actually widen the gender pay ga

Women in the United States are paid 79 cents for every dollar made by men, according to compensation software and data company PayScale. Although this gender gap in compensation has narrowed, its stubborn persistence has challenged researchers and policy makers for decades.

College Students Are Being Misled About the Costs of Income Share Agreements, Consumer Groups Say

A prominent provider of an alternative financing tool for college and trade school programs is drawing fire from consumer advocates, accused of using incorrect information to make the products appear to be a better deal for students than they really are.

University of Utah Health and ARUP conduct saliva testing for COVID-19 study

Individuals tested for COVID-19 at University of Utah Health’s Redwood Center in-car testing site may now participate in a study that evaluates whether saliva and other specimen types can be effectively used to test for COVID-19, officials said Tuesday.

A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling

On its face, it was a major finding: Antimalarial drugs touted by the White House as possible COVID-19 treatments looked to be not just ineffective, but downright deadly. A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that coronavirus patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm—a known side effect thought to be rare—and were more likely to die in the hospital.

Utah showing support for George Floyd and #BLM

Our country is in trouble, and there's no other way to put it. The racial injustice that has recently occurred with the senseless death of George Floyd following the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone in the nation either out protesting, rioting and looting or on the edge of their seats at home taking it all in.

Poll: Trump’s job approval rating dips in Utah

Will president’s response to protests drive it back up — or further down?

Pollution drops amid pandemic

A University of Utah scientist has published preliminary research revealing a significant decline in air pollutants during the age of COVID-19. Logan Mitchell, assistant research professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, found that air pollutants dramatically fell along Utah’s Wasatch Front throughout late March, when compared to the same period last year.