News Clips for November 25, 2020

This Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

The African crested rat gnaws on poisonous tree branches, then grooms its noxious spittle into its fur.

Statewide Mask Mandates Are Better For Economy Than Local Ones, Study Finds

Mask mandates lead to a decrease in Covid-19 cases and greater confidence and spending among consumers, but are most effective when enacted at the state level, according to a new University of Utah study, undercutting Republican governors who continue to push local mask requirements amid a surge in cases instead of enacting statewide measures.

Court Hearing Shows Businesses Could Prevail Against H-1B Visa Rules

On November 23, 2020, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White heard arguments focused on a single question: Did the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) have “good cause” to bypass standard rulem

AM News Brief: Bad Air Means Bad Grades, Sanford Health CEO Controversy & Rural Counties In The Red

A new study from the University of Utah shows that spikes in air pollution may affect academic performance. Researchers looked at local pollution data and test scores for every school in Salt Lake County.

AM News Brief: Ranch Sales Up, Basketball Postponed & Cog Rail Option For Little Cottonwood Canyon

The University of Utah’s has cancelled the men’s basketball season opener because of a number of COVID-19 cases. The Runnin’ Utes were slated to play Friday night against New Orleans.

Is Heart Failure Reversible? New Study Says, “Maybe”

Heart failure could be reversed with a new treatment that combines medication with the temporary use of an artificial heart pump, said researchers at the University of Utah Health.

Skip Thanksgiving travel this year, say medical experts

With new US coronavirus cases approaching 200,000 a day and daily hospitalizations topping 80,000, medical experts are pleading with citizens to celebrate Thanksgiving virtually with family and skip plans to travel to attend in-person gatherings.

Public Policy and the Politics of Pandemics

This week on the program, we air a panel on the factors that shape our public health policy, how politics have irreparably impacted our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can improve public health now and in the future.

Policy change means OBGYNs in U of U Health system may not get to deliver patients' babies

Emily Rasmussen and her husband are considering growing their family, but learning the University of Utah Health system has a policy that might prohibit her OBGYN from delivering has her thinking twice.

Dr. Good says, ‘1 individual in 52 Utahns with an active coronavirus infection’

After every holiday doctors and nurses brace for more patients suffering from COVID-19 to come in, and practices won’t be different in the wake of Thanksgiving. The latest data suggests COVID-19 case counts are not growing as fast as they once were but are steadily increasing.