News Clips for May 12 & 13

5 Things You Should Never Do to a Skin Tag

At first glance, It’s easy to get super freaked out by skin tags, especially since these weird fleshy growths can look much like cancerous moles. But before you assume the absolute worst, it’s good to know the skin tag facts. For example, most are actually benign, as the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology suggested that these harmless growths (which appear on areas where there are skin folds) are more of a cosmetic nuisance if anything.

Study Shows Women Carry Burden of Education During COVID-19 (Duh.)

Since the onset of COVID-19, both men and women have reported an increase in domestic responsibilities. The thing is: Women disagree. The results come from a University of Utah study aimed to show the impacts of COVID-19 on American households by surveying 1,060 heterosexual couples with children and analyzing changes in routine housework and care of children.

How the news changes the way we think and behave

The latest research suggests that the news can shape us in surprising ways – from our perception of risk to the content of our dreams, to our chances of having a heart attack.

Once Facing A Rosy Outlook, College Grads Are Now Entering An Uncertain Job Market

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic’s effect has been vast. It hasn’t only hit those already in the job market, it’s also prevented others from getting in. Just a few months ago, college students were on the verge of graduating into one of the strongest job markets in history, now they are facing an economic downturn worse than the Great Recession. For some, that’s upending their post-graduation plans.

Teen Suicide Crisis Addressed Through Art

“Good Morning West High!!” The voice over the speakers went on with the daily announcements—basketball games, the school play, club meetings—as teenagers shuffled into the auditorium at West High. Kids here come in all colors, black, brown and Utah blonde, but they all dress the same in dark hoodies, tees, sweats and trainers, lugging big backpacks. Anyone who’s been in an American high school recognizes the scene. It’s the unseen that’s frightening.

The Coronavirus Is Hitting Tribal Schools Hard

Native students across the country are concerned what this crisis could mean for their universities in the long term.

Pioneer Theatre plans short season for spring 2021

Pioneer Theatre Company will present a shortened, laugh-filled, three-production season for 2021, including two shows that had been set for this spring before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted everybody’s plans.

Hope for nonprofit law firm model remains despite closing of Open Legal Services

Open Legal Services certainly wasn’t the first nonprofit law firm offering low-cost legal help. But as co-founder Shantelle Argyle posits, it was probably “the loudest.”

Should Age be Used To Ration Scarce Resources?

We are rationing in the US. We may not be explicitly rationing, as we're going to discuss on this podcast, but we are rationing - in the way we allocate fewer tests and less PPE to nursing homes compared to hospitals, in the way we allow hospitals and states to "fend for themselves" resulting in those hospitals/states with better connections and more resources having more PPE and testing availability.

Lauren McCluskey’s parents will discuss a possible legal settlement with the University of Utah

The parents of slain track star Lauren McCluskey have agreed to discuss a possible settlement to their $56 million lawsuit filed against the University of Utah.

Research Shows Public Would Obey Major Changes to Antibiotic Advice

An experiment was conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, the University of Utah, and Stony Brook University to test whether people would be willing to change the way they take antibiotics, meaning to stop when they feel better instead of the long-standing advice to complete a full course. The objective of the study was to understand how the public may respond to a possible dramatic shift in official health advice.


Once in an idealized past, Americans lived in mail-order houses lined up in pastel rows within walking distance of a Disney-esque main street. Residents knew one another by name, the local butcher had regulars on file, and milk arrived on your doorstep in reusable containers.

Utah’s international students are facing new challenges because of coronavirus

Marlene Aniambossou just graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and coaching after two years as a basketball player for USU.

From the start, team of Utah business execs planned how to screen, test and distribute malaria drug for COVID-19

As and related efforts to distribute a controversial drug have come under scrutiny, Utah tech leaders have insisted that the screening website — from its questions to which patients are referred for COVID-19 testing — has operated entirely under the direction of the state Department of Health.

Dr. Matt Chabot of U of U Health Talks COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Dr. Matthew Chabot joins Lynn and Pete on the Mountain Life. Dr. Chabot is an internal medicine doctor with University of Utah Healthcare. He talks to Lynn and Pete about antibody testing, what it means, why you should or shouldn't take one, what the effective tests and other CoVid-19 related topics.

As Cases Plateau, State Working Towards A Decrease In COVID Cases

The COVID-19 curve has plateaued in Utah. The Utah Department of Health is working to push the state into a decline in cases.

Summit County COVID-19 Antibody Testing Is Underway

A COVID -19 anti-body testing trial is underway in select counties in Utah with Summit County participating in the program. Medical experts warn people not to use the results as a license to discontinue proper distancing and sanitization practices.

Stretched, secret supply chains hold Covid-19 patients’ lives in the balance

As more coronavirus patients were admitted to intensive care, Drayton Hammond, a clinical pharmacist in Chicago, Illinois, frantically tried to order more sedatives. At one point, his hospital was down to a single day’s supply of propofol, one of the main anesthetics used to keep Covid-19 patients comfortable while they’re connected to ventilators in intensive care. The hospital’s use of this drug had increased fivefold since the pandemic hit, forcing staff to ration supplies and use alternative drugs with worrying side effects.

No-Visitor Policies Mean Cancer Patients Face Treatment Alone, Or Do They?

One of the most heart-wrenching aspects of COVID-19 is the loneliness patients are feeling. Because of no-visitor policies, cancer patients are facing difficult diagnoses and treatments alone. Or are they?

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How a Utah Health System Combats Superbugs

Photos show how Intermountain Healthcare’s urgent care network practices antibiotic stewardship