News Clips for Oct. 9 & 10, 2019

Health officials confirm Utah’s first vaping-related death

A Salt Lake County resident under age of 30 has died after vaping THC, marking the state’s first death from the vaping-related lung injuries that have killed at least 18 other people nationwide.

Engineers develop thin, lightweight lens that could produce slimmer camera phones, longer-flying drones

Electrical and computer engineering researchers have developed a new kind of optical lens that is much thinner and lighter than conventional camera lenses that also works with night imaging, a future boon for smartphones that could flatten those unsightly 'camera bumps' as well as for drones and night vision cameras for soldiers. Also in ScienceCodex, Gizmodo, DIY Photography.

As Vaping-Related Injuries Mount, Doctors Look To Identify Patterns

Nationwide, more than 1,000 people have been diagnosed with lung injuries related to vaping, and the number of cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control continues to grow each week. Not much is known about the injury, though the FDA and Utah health officials have pointed to unregulated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cartridges as a possible cause. But doctors are starting to identify some patterns.

5 ways vaping is a major health risk for young Utahns

A study published by the University of Utah identified a possible identifying trait that could link the cases: large immune cells containing oily droplets known as lipid-laden macrophages.

Utah Indigenous Peoples Day dinner will showcase ancient superfood

Guests at Utah’s Third Annual Indigenous Dinner won’t be served a typical steak and potatoes dinner. The menu for the Oct. 14 event includes bison, raised by the Ute Indian Tribe near Fort Duchesne, and the Four Corners’ potato — a small, starchy tuber that has survived in the wild landscapes of southern Utah for nearly 11,000 years.

Is US in constitutional crisis? That may not be most important question.

Whether you call it a constitutional crisis or a partisan impasse, the current deadlock between the White House and Congress is not something envisioned by the Founders. And it may only be resolved at the ballot box.

U Of U, WSU, Westminster College Among Institutions Supporting DACA Ahead Of Supreme Court Hearing

A month before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments about President Trump ending an Obama-era executive order to protect young immigrants, three Utah higher education higher education institutions have signed on to an amicus brief in support of the program.

With NIH support, FSU sleep detective taking closer look at human clock genes

The phrase “like clockwork” suggests that clocks never go haywire. But they do. So do the internal clocks that are supposed to keep ticking to the beat of Earth’s 24-hour circadian rhythms. When our own rhythms are disrupted, one result is often a sleep disorder — which, over time, can lead to serious health consequences.

More research necessary to confirm whether dark chocolate improves eyesight, researchers found

A 2018 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology reported that dark chocolate might improve eyesight, but researchers could not replicate those findings in a follow-up study adhering to the same setup.