News Clips for November 26-30, 2020

For Rats That Coat Themselves In Poison, These Rodents Are Surprisingly Cuddly

A poisonous rat that licks deadly toxins onto its own fur sounds like some kind of made-up nightmare species. But these creatures are real, and scientists now say they are also unexpectedly affectionate—at least with their own kind.

COVID-19 Causes Dental Problems? Survivors Report Losing Permanent Teeth Months After Infection

The coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, has reported quite a few bizarre symptoms, including loss of sense of smell and taste. Now, survivors who had recovered from the viral infection months ago have started to reported dental issues, including permanent teeth loss.

Doctors: Contracting COVID-19 can lead to PTSD, anxiety, depression

Doctors are finding that a significant number of people who contract COVID-19 are left with lasting impacts long after the physical symptoms disappear.

University of Utah researchers discover genes linked to suicide

Researchers at University of Utah Health's Huntsman Mental Health Institute have detected more than 20 genes that may play a role in suicide. The research is the first of its kind, and a Utah mother who is still grieving doesn't find the results surprising.

If Aridification Choked the Southwest for Thousands of Years, What Does The Future Hold?

Great Basin Caves tell a story linking climate change to a “worst-case scenario,” with potential impact on 56 million western water users.

These individuals changed the course of the pandemic in Utah

Every year we honor those in the healthcare industry who have worked to make Utah healthier. But this year, Utah’s healthcare leaders went above and beyond, pivoting their time, creativity, ingenuity, and magnanimity to face off against a global pandemic.

Studies show benefits of mask mandates to economic activity

NBCU Studies show benefits of mask mandates to economic activity Tue, November 24, 2020, 11:21 PM MST Rachel Maddow highlights a new study from the University of Utah that shows mask mandates not only help control the spread of the coronavirus but also boost consumer confidence, making people feel more comfortable about going shopping. The findings corroborate other studies that found a connection between mask mandates and consumer confidence.

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.

Ecologist Nalina Nadkarni to receive honorary degree at UIndy’s December commencement ceremonies

Every so often, the University of Indianapolis selects a recipient to receive an honorary degree at commencement. This process is done with the help of a selection committee who goes through an extensive list of potential people, according to University President Robert Manuel. After much consideration, the university announced that world-renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni would be presented with an honorary degree during the December commencement ceremonies.

Economics professor weighs in on how promise of COVID-19 vaccine could impact economy

Health leaders across the United States are optimistic a COVID-19 vaccine could be coming soon. In Utah, department of health leaders say they hope a vaccine will be available to all Utahns by July.

Hospitals turning to wellness officers to ensure mental health of staff is prioritized

It’s been said that dogs are a man’s best friend. Jared Johnstun is lucky enough to have not one, but two furry sidekicks. “Yes, you’re good boys aren’t you?” Johnstun said to his two goldendoodles sitting beside him on the floor. “They’re a little tired today too.”

AM News Brief: Economics Of Mask Mandates, Wildlife Migration Patterns & Nursing Shortage

A number of studies have found masks are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. But a new report from the University of Utah shows face covering requirements also have a positive effect on the economy. Nathan Seegert, an economics professor at the U, said it comes down to how safe people feel when they leave their house.