News Clips for March 29-April 1, 2019

Of mice and Mozart: University of Utah researchers find a link between music and pain relief

A research paper published Wednesday in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, chiefly authored by researchers at the U., found that mice who listened to Mozart and were given ibuprofen had inflammation pain reduced 93 percent compared to mice who only got the drug.

Tuition, student fees going up at all but one of Utah’s public higher ed institutions

Currently, Utah’s in-state tuition is the third lowest in the nation, behind Wyoming and Florida. Tuition is most expensive at the University of Utah, where full-time, in-state students pay $9,222. Snow College has the lowest tuition at $3,742 for those same type of students.

Lawmakers eye early steps to close gaps revealed in death of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey

Even though a broad proposal to improve campus safety in Utah was just signed by the governor, one state lawmaker is already exploring how to close specific gaps revealed by the death of college student Lauren McCluskey. "We can't bring Lauren back, but we certainly should be doing everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Rep. Lee Perry, a Republican from the northern Utah town of Perry.

Elizabeth Kronk Warner named first dean of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law

The University of Utah has appointed Elizabeth Kronk Warner as the first woman dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, effective July 1. Currently, Kronk Warner serves as associate dean of academic affairs, professor and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law.

University Utah increased police presence after report of sexual assault of campus

University of Utah Police Department released a statement to remind the campus and community that it continues to investigate an alleged sexual assault. The department said its primary focus since the alleged assault was reported has been to “investigate the case, ensure the safety of the campus, support the individual who reported the incident and provide all needed resources.”

UnDisciplined: March Science News Round-up

This month, we'll talk about blowing up asteroids, dimming the sky to combat global warming, and how birth order shapes personalities — or doesn't. Joining us from the University of Colorado is Rachael Kaspar, an evolutionary biologist and biomedical researcher. We also talked with Paul Rogers, a wildland ecologist at Utah State University, and Angie Fagerlin, an experimental psychologist at the University of Utah.

More Utah women dying by suicide, as researcher seeks better antidepressants for high altitudes

Utah has a high number of men who die by suicide, and researchers have long drawn conclusions to the fact that high altitude may play a part. Something that is often ignored, however, is that women are affected by the same brain chemistry issues caused by altitude, perhaps even more so, said University of Utah research assistant and professor of psychiatry Shami Kanekar. She said that her animal tests show that females are actually more vulnerable to behavioral changes caused by a lack of oxygen at higher altitudes.

The grandmother hypothesis could explain why women live so long

Building on the suggestions of earlier biologists, (Medawar 1952, Williams 1957, Hamilton 1966), anthropologist Kristen Hawkes of the University of Utah began seriously formulating and investigating the grandmother hypothesis in the 1980s and ’90s Since then, Hawkes and others have tested it using ethnographic data, historical records and computer simulations.

How to know if you have ‘fungal acne’—and how to treat it

Wearing sweaty workout clothes for too long or rewearing fitness gear without washing it can create a very hospitable (read: moist) environment for fungi to grow, Emily C. McKenzie, MD, clinical instructor in the department of dermatology at the University of Utah, tells SELF. Unfortunately, some people are just genetically predisposed to overgrowths of yeast and, therefore, experience fungal acne more frequently, Dr. McKenzie adds. Having chronic conditions that affect your immune system, like diabetes and HIV, can also predispose you to fungal acne.

Utah has America’s largest households now it also has a housing shortage

Utah’s household income is rising at 0.4 percent annually, while housing prices are increasing much faster at 3.3 percent, according to the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. For the first time in four decades, Utah is facing a housing shortage — of 54,000 units, according to the Salt Lake Chamber, the state’s largest business association. Households around or below the median income — often including teachers, nurses or firefighters — are disproportionately vulnerable, says Jen Horner, a realtor at the brokerage RE/MAX Masters in Salt Lake City.

As hospitals post price lists, consumers are asked to check up on them

In 2018, 35,200 people used PriceChecker, a tool for estimating out-of-pocket costs. The University of Utah, which owns four hospitals, has a similar online out-of-pocket cost estimator for about 600 common (mostly outpatient) services and procedures — giving a single price that rolls up itemized charges for each. Kathy Delis, who oversees billing at University of Utah Health, said the hospital system plans this year to market the tool to the public more aggressively.

Borderlands. It’s not just a game

The border area in the United States consists of 48 counties in four states. Approximately 300,000 people live in 1,300 colonias in Texas and New Mexico. To help shine some light on this area and foster understanding, the University of Utah’s Creative Writing Program and the Center for Latin American Studies are hosting a Borderlands Conference , featuring four Latino and Mexican authors—Francisco Cantú, Yuri Herrera, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico— whose creative work focuses on the border. Cantú’s recent book, The Line Becomes a River reflects on his work as a Border Patrol agent from 2008-2012.

5 old wives’ tales about boosting a struggling immune system that are actually true

Perhaps the most sound advice we have ever learnt from our elders is to get enough rest. Making sure you sleep for long enough ensures your body is given time to regenerate and take care of itself. Focusing on children's health and immune systems, Dr. Cindy Gellner of The University of Utah explained on the institution's website that, "there's a strong link between getting restorative sleep which is getting enough sleep for the body to do its work with growing and fighting off illness."

Medical News Today: Melanoma mortality rates vary across the country

People with melanoma who live in states with the highest number of melanoma diagnoses tend to have better survival rates, according to recent research that examined data on a state-by-state basis. Why would melanoma survival rates vary between states? Researchers from the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City set out to determine if there were any differences in survival rates for people with depending on where they live. As it turns out, the answer may be yes.

Latest Apple/Qualcomm ruling highlights question of ‘unwilling licenses’

According to Jorge Contreras, a professor at the University of Utah College of Law who teaches on intellectual property subjects, SDOs bring competing firms together to collaborate on technologies in a way that allows different manufacturers to create a standardized product by licensing patents that are submitted by patent holders to be considered standard-essential by the SDO. “The thing that’s counter-intuitive about it is that it’s totally up to the patent holder to declare which patents they own which are essential to the standard,” Contreras said.

Wirth Watching: U of U students get housing at homes in Fort Douglas

This is a story about what could be some of the most unusual and historic student housing in the country. A few U of U students get selected to live in grand residences that used to house the senior officers at Fort Douglas.

Utah repeals 1973 law that criminalized sex outside of marriage

Until this week, sex between unmarried people in Utah was technically illegal, a vestige of earlier times. That changed Wednesday, when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that decriminalizes sex outside of marriage in the state, spokesperson Anna Lehnardt tells NPR. "Personally I don't know if anyone ever worried about this," Emily Anderson, a senior at the University of Utah and the editor-in-chief of its newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, tells NPR. The fornication law was really just something that people joked about in class and on Twitter, she says. "Basically just like, 'Oh thank God, I can do this thing I've always been doing.' "

Some regents cry foul on Utah tuition hikes in face of robust economy, healthy legislative appropriations

Over concerns raised by regents about raising college tuition during a robust economy and after healthy legislative appropriations, the Utah State Board of Regents approved on Friday tuition changes for the coming year precisely as proposed by each institution. At the University of Utah, tuition will go up 3.2 percent, and 3.25 percent at Utah State University, except at its USU Eastern and Blanding campuses, which will increase by 4.2 percent.

Regents OK tuition changes across Utah's higher ed system

The Utah Board of Regents has approved changes to tuition amounts across the state's public higher education system for the coming year. The University of Utah's tuition is increasing by 3.2 percent.

Which Utah colleges increased tuition the most and the least? Here’s a list of the approved hikes.

Before approving the plans as proposed, members tried to define when they could or should justify a hike. The increase of 3.2 percent at the University of Utah — or roughly $128 more per semester for the average student — was deemed worthwhile by one regent because it will go, in part, toward improving graduation rates (which have gone from 55 percent in 2011 to 70 percent in 2017).

Some regents cry foul on Utah tuition hikes in face of robust economy, healthy legislative appropriations

Over concerns raised by regents about raising college tuition during a robust economy and after healthy legislative appropriations, the Utah State Board of Regents approved on Friday tuition changes for the coming year precisely as proposed by each institution.

U of U defends decision to send campus sexual assault alert, says investigation ongoing

The University of Utah defended its decision to send a campus-wide alert about a reported sexual assault early Tuesday morning in an update Friday, saying the alert was "optimal for public safety." The investigation into the assault was ongoing, the university said, asking for patience from its community as its police officers worked to generate leads and review "all available sources of information."

Scientists say that listening to music can help reduce surgical pain

As Neuroscience News reports, researchers at the University of Utah Health have discovered that pairing music with various pain medications offers up a “promising” strategy in treating pain.