News Clips for May 26-29, 2018

Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

"It's telling me there's a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area," a researcher says.

U.S. doctors call for health policies that support women

Making it easier and more affordable for women to access care, and supporting research that includes how treatments work in both sexes, can improve the health of all Americans, not just women, U.S. doctors argue.

Can high Utah desert uncover the mystery of lightning?

International researchers using a remote high desert location in Millard County caught lightning in a bottle — sort of — not once but 10 times. Instruments recorded bursts of gamma ray flashes produced in the first milliseconds of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

Utah athletic director Chris Hill looks back on a long, successful tenure

Chris Hill’s tenure as Utah’s athletic director got off to a less-than-stellar start. His first football game featured a streaker and a 41-36 loss at home to Utah State. The Aggies scored three touchdowns in a span of just over five minutes in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

I have debilitating social anxiety—so why do I love using Twitter?

For all its bad, the platform has the power to take the edge off social interactions.

New sports franchises are popping up all over the Salt Lake Valley. How many is too many?

Over five decades in football, Dennis Erickson has had more job offers than he can count. They’ve come from colleges, NFL franchises — and a bunch of people promising opportunities in upstart leagues. But it wasn’t until now that Erickson finally said yes to one of the newcomers, agreeing to become the head coach of a Salt Lake City team in the new Alliance of American Football League.

On University of Utah campus, where foot traffic goes all night long, a push against light pollution

With large buildings packed together, stadiums beaming like beacons and prolific street lamps for night-owl students, college campuses can be major culprits in light pollution.

U.S. doctors call for health policies that support women

"Women and their families are adversely affected by policies that do not support women's health," said Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Such policies "hurt the health of our population," Lopez, a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, said by email. In a position paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the ACP lays out many areas where health policy decisions may result in discrimination or inequitable barriers to care for women.

Traces of opioids found in mussels in Puget Sound near Seattle

"We found antibiotics, we found antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, heart medications and also oxycodone."

Scientists find opioid traces in Washington mussels

The opioid epidemic has stricken the U.S. to the bone, and even its mussels aren’t safe.