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 define