News Clips for Sept. 14-16, 2019

Guest opinion: What is the value of a college degree?

Today the value of a bachelor’s degree is openly debated nationally given strong employment, the rising cost of a college education and other workforce training options. Yet, the research is clear: A four-year degree offers exceptional value, both personally and to society at large. As the state’s flagship institution, the University of Utah is committed to ensuring that those who seek a higher education complete their degrees in a timely manner and enjoy the benefits that achievement confers.

Doctors at U of U Health say oily droplets in lungs a common factor in vaping-related illnesses

With nearly three dozen cases of recent lung illness related to vaping and counting in Utah, doctors and scientists here at University of Utah Health say we may be on the front line of the issue. There are dozens of similar cases popping up all around the country, and in some instances people have died as a result of the severe pneumonia-like symptoms. Scientists at the U of U are trying to lead the charge and sound the alarm about the dangers of vaping. They said they are now seeing something called macrophages, essentially oily droplets, that accumulate on the lungs.

The University of Utah received $3 million from foreign donors last year

The University of Utah received more than $3 million last year from foreign investors — by far the most of any school in the state. As Utah’s flagship research institution, it isn’t unusual for the U. to consistently bring in more money from outside the country than its peers. But for the 2018-2019 school year, it raked in more in gifts than ever before.

Utah’s college students report depression so bad it was ‘difficult to function’ — but few said they saw a counselor

Isaac Reese, a sophomore at the University of Utah, said he’s had friends not be able to get in at all because the hours are limited and the slots are full. Reese has seen a counselor during finals week to help with the stress — but the school brings more people in for that period. Otherwise, he said, “access is pretty limited.”

University of Utah Holds Debate on Second Amendment Limits

Is the Second Amendment right to own and bear firearms only limited to the home? That was the question posed at the 36th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate recently at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. “This is a very difficult issue. I think we can all agree that there are no easy answers,” said debate moderator and U. law professor RonNell Andersen Jones.

Man who loaned gun to killer of Utah student sentenced

The man who loaned the gun used to kill college athlete Lauren McCluskey looked downcast and said he "shakes" when he thinks about her death Wednesday as he was sentenced to three years of supervised release. McCluskey, 21, was fatally shot near her dorm at the University of Utah on Oct. 22, 2018, after she broke up with her boyfriend of a month, Melvin Rowland, 37, because he lied about his background and status as a sex offender.

Poor air quality linked to hospitalizations among childhood cancer survivors

Poor air quality days significantly increased the risk for respiratory-related hospitalizations among childhood cancer survivors, according to results of a study from the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Utah vapor industry rep says the test indicating opioids in juice used inaccurate urine test strips

With increasing concerns over vaping, Fox 13's Max Roth and Kelly Chapman sat down with Juan Bravo, the president of the Utah Vapor Business Association, to talk about the scrutiny surrounding the vaping industry. Researchers at the University of Utah say it's too dangerous to vape, and at least one Utah lawmaker says most vaping products contain illicit substances.

MacKenzie Lueck’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

MacKenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student whose body was found in the yard of Ayoola Ajayi, texted her parents to let them know she landed safely from a flight home after her grandmother’s funeral.

Lice clinic in Clearfield offers unique treatment, free services for teachers and school staff

The FDA-approved device, called AirAllé (pronounced air-a-LAY), looks like a cross between a vacuum and a hair dryer. It operates by blowing concentrated, heated air at the scalp and hair, though it’s not as hot as a hair dryer. The device was developed and patented by scientists at the University of Utah.

U. scientist goes the extra mile — 2,300 miles — by bike to track the dust dangers posed from a drying Great Salt Lake

The exposed, encrusted bed of the depleted Great Salt Lake stretches for miles and miles, merging with Utah’s West Desert somewhere off in a distance defined by mountain ridgelines rising above the horizon like jagged clouds. Few know this rarely visited terrain better than Kevin Perry, an atmospheric sciences professor with the University of Utah who spent more than 125 days pedaling 2,300 miles of playa on a one-man data-gathering mission. His goal was to characterize the potential for the dry lakebed to release dust pollution over the Salt Lake City metro area, but he encountered things that utterly surprised him, including two bullet rounds shot at him.

Supreme Court Leaks ‘Super Rare,’ Serve ‘Ulterior Purposes’

“Clerks are told to maintain secrecy about the workings of the Court, and they may risk harm to their careers by leaking information about specific cases,” said Matthew Tokson, a law professor at the University of Utah who clerked for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David H. Souter. Some law firms pay U.S. Supreme Court clerks six-figure signing bonuses at the conclusion of their clerkship.

How to build a new park so its neighbors benefit

The results are a mixed bag. “The good news is that stakeholders in about half of the projects we surveyed, including many park advocates and local community organizations, are proposing and actually implementing PRADS,” write Alessandro Rigolon, a professor of city planning at the University of Utah, and Jon Christensen, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “The bad news is that the other half of the projects have not taken concrete actions yet.”

What you need to know about the US vaping illness outbreak

Immune cells containing oily droplets have been found in the lungs of some patients. These large cells, called macrophages, are the cleanup crew of the immune system. University of Utah doctors think this could be a marker for vaping injury. They wrote up their findings about six patients in the New England Journal of Medicine.

What we know about the US vaping illness outbreak

Immune cells containing oily droplets have been found in the lungs of some patients. These large cells, called macrophages, are the cleanup crew of the immune system. University of Utah doctors think this could be a marker for vaping injury. They wrote up their findings about six patients in the New England Journal of Medicine.

US Dep’t. of Education Backs Loan Servicers over Student Loan Borrowers

Correspondence and documents from the Education Department to the Senate education subcommittee have been obtained by NBC News. “It’s a brazen act of lawlessness,” says Christopher Peterson, a law professor at the University of Utah and former enforcement lawyer at the CFPB. “I think they are overinterpreting what their authority is to stop law enforcement.”

Foundation for Suicide Prevention invests $6.2M in scientific research to prevent suicide

23. Title: “Characterization of rare genetic variants involved in risk of death by suicide” Amount: $112,000 Researcher: Emily DiBlasi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 25. Title: “Identifying molecular, cellular, and synaptic changes associated with suicide” Amount: $30,000 Researcher: Sujan Chandra Das, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Why sobriety can be more complicated for professional musicians

Rob Butters, an assistant professor at the University of Utah’s College of Social Work, regularly advises patients who have substance abuse issues. He said professional musicians likely run the risk of normalizing the bar/club environment, simply because that environment becomes their workplace. That kind of workplace, he said, also introduces other problematic factors for an addict, like late nights and irregular sleep schedules. “It’s sort of this recipe for getting an unbalanced life,” he said.

Six Earthquakes in Five Days Reported in Smokey Mountains Area of North Carolina

“These kinds of earthquakes in Yellowstone are very common,” said Keith Koper, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, according to a news release. “These swarms happen very frequently. This one was a little bit longer and had more events than normal.”

Why are e-cigarettes now the target of panic-based regulation?

Immune cells containing oily droplets have been found in the lungs of some patients. These large cells, called macrophages, are the clean-up crew of the immune system. University of Utah doctors think this could be a marker for vaping injury. They wrote up their findings about six patients in the New England Journal of Medicine.

CARRA Granted $2.4M for Research Efforts to Determine Lifetime Outcomes of Children and Adolescents with Lupus

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the CDC that will further our mission of advancing meaningful research in pediatric rheumatic diseases,” Aimee Hersh, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist at the University of Utah, and chair of the CARRA Lupus Committee, said in a news release.

Changing Sleep Positions Unlikely To Harm Baby In Pregnancy

“We can reassure women that through 30 weeks of pregnancy, different sleep positions are safe," said study lead author Dr. Robert Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. But because the study didn't include women past 30 weeks, they couldn't make a conclusive declaration regarding the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. This research is set to be published in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.