News Clips for Oct. 11-14, 2019

Dan Reed and Mike Good: It’s not too late to clean up the air in Utah

On Oct. 3, the University of Utah hosted the first of a series of multidisciplinary summits on air quality. Titled “The Air We Breathe,” the symposium’s objectives were to build connections among researchers across our campus, catalyze new collaborations, coordinate research activities and communicate findings.

Amid vaping crisis, U.S. to issue new advice for doctors focused on lung infections

U.S. health officials are preparing to release new guidance for doctors stressing the need to ask every patient with an apparent respiratory infection about their vaping history. Also in U.S. News & World Report, Metro News, KSL, TechSpot.

What Do Park City's Seniors Want? It's Simple: To Be Heard

The Park City Senior Center is slated to close with the construction of the Woodside Park Phase II housing development, temporarily displacing the seniors who utilize the center for socializing and other activities. But as the status of a permanent center remains uncertain, seniors are thinking past the walls of a twice-weekly gathering space.

Obituary: Shuping Wang died on September 21st

The first doctor to expose the HIV scandal in central China was 59

Understanding Chemotherapy-Associated Cognitive Decline: A Review of “Chemobrain”

Greater emphasis should be given to formally defining chemobrain and oncology nurses may want to move it higher on their lists of priorities, according to researchers. The cognitive impairment experienced by many patients treated with chemotherapy, referred to as chemobrain, can be subtle yet persistent.

Resting-state functional MRI may help predict suicide risk, finds study

Resting-state functional MRI may predict suicide risk, finds a new study. The brain scans may provide a promising lead to predict which individuals are at the highest risk for suicide.Suicide

What If Your University Tuition Was Based On Your Future Salary?

With student loan debt approaching $1.6 trillion, the old way of financing higher education isn’t working. Income share agreements are an alternative form of college financing increasingly popular with some critics of student loans. They offer students financial support upfront in exchange for students repaying a portion of their income down the road when they are employed.

Salt Lake’s ozone problem is worsening despite air cleanup efforts, and Rep. Ben McAdams wants to know why

The Salt Lake City area has made strides in cleaning up the airborne particulate matter that cloaks the valley during winter inversions and has kept these pollution levels within federal limits in recent years. Also in Deseret News.

Elizabeth Warren targets Facebook's ad policy—with a Facebook ad

A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive—by telling a lie.

What Teaching Ethics in Appalachia Taught Me About Bridging America’s Partisan Divide

There’s a language for talking about hot-button issues. And we’re not learning it.

Black women lead diversity efforts at 4 Utah colleges

In 2065, 1 of every 3 Utahns will be a minority, according to a study by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Brain Scans May Predict Suicide Risk

New research has identified brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders. The study provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are at the highest risk for suicide, according to researchers at the University of Utah Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Expert says flu shot is as effective, important as wearing a seat belt

Influenza season began last week in Utah, and four people have already been hospitalized with the serious illness. The Utah Department of Health starts tracking the flu at the end of September and follows it through May, reporting where infections and hospitalizations are occurring in the state.

5 of Utah’s most secretive organizations

Secret societies have been around for centuries, the oldest known society dating back to the Middle Ages, some freemasons believe. Nobody can surely know when these underground gatherings began, because they're, well, secretive.

Men with higher sperm quality have ancestors with more children, study shows

Having a large family could be in the genes, scientists believe, after finding that men with higher sperm quality had ancestors with more children.

Cannabis and crime rates: No discernible connection

In 2012, the states of Colorado and Washington were the first to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, with several others following suit in the years to come. As of writing, a total of eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

Scientists chase cause of mysterious vaping illness as death toll rises

Confusion reigns as researchers sort through the complex US e-cigarette market.

More than 180 colleges defend DACA to US Supreme Court

Dozens of higher ed groups filed briefs last week supporting the program ahead of oral arguments next month, and colleges are increasing student supports.