News Clips for Oct. 13-15, 2018

Could Medical Cannabis Legalization Lead To More Marijuana Addiction? One U Researcher Says Yes

Much of the opposition to Proposition 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative before Utah voters, has focused on what critics warn are the “unintended consequences” of broader legalization.

Is Anyone Obligated to Incite Healthcare Innovation?

Key opinion leaders often debate who could or should be inciting healthcare innovation. Are we better off if clinicians or software developers take the reins of the digital transformation? And what role should healthcare executives and patients play? These are valuable questions, and each stakeholder brings their own value to healthcare’s growth.

New 3D-printing process creates ligaments, tendons for transplant — paves the way for replacement organs

It’s a tough life, and sometimes, our bodies pay the price. Such tolls, however, needn’t be permanent — and, new research from the University of Utah is making it easier than ever before to repair the damage. The team’s efforts pave the way to 3D-printed human tissues such as ligaments and tendons that can be used from transplant.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

Voters in six states soon will face a ballot initiative that for some seems like a no-brainer: whether to grant crime victims certain rights under the state constitution, such as the right to be treated with fairness, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to attend key court proceedings.

Pioneer Theatre Company Presents SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Just in time for the Halloween season, Pioneer Theatre Company presents the diabolical musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler based on an adaption by Christopher Bond.

Utah Supreme Court hears case regarding police officers and their guns

Should police officers have to prove to a court that they are, in fact, acting as police officers every time they brandish their guns while performing their duties? Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor and former federal judge, believes that's the broader issue the justices of the Utah Supreme Court are currently deciding. And that decision could affect Utah law enforcers statewide, even those in uniform and on duty, he contends.

Emergency room visits spike due to electric scooters in Salt Lake Valley

E-scooter injuries have spiked across emergency rooms in the United States. One local hospital has documented it. The University of Utah Hospital studied the number of injuries from last year to this year. Their ER visits jumped more than 160 percent.