News Clips for Sept. 17, 2019

Sleeping on back may not lead to worse pregnancy outcomes

Although doctors often tell pregnant women it’s safest to sleep on their left side, a new study suggests sleeping in other positions may not be a problem. Women who slept on their right side or on their back were no more likely to experience serious complications than women who slept on their left side, the study found. These results should reassure many pregnant women who might worry about harming their baby by sleeping on their back, or moving into this position during the night, said Robert Silver, lead author of the study and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City.

Hunt for Cause of Vaping Illness Suggests Multiple Mechanisms of Damage

Mired in all of this mystery are the hundreds of occurrences of a puzzling and sometimes lethal respiratory illness whose only commonalities are that stricken patients recently vaped and they are all in the U.S. or its territories. Even the name of the condition remains a matter of debate. All of this confusion “is the strangest part,” says Sean J. Callahan, a pulmonologist at the University of Utah. Callahan, who has treated several patients with the mystery illness, says, “The heterogeneity just makes it really tough” to find a common cause.

Lawmakers approved $1.5 million-dollar settlement with former AG

Other Items—Lawmakers also approved a $1.5 million-dollar settlement with former Attorney General John Swallow, who was acquitted of corruption-related charges in 2017. The legislature also appropriated $1 million for outreach ahead of the 2020 Census, half of which will be used to target those in rural areas. Natalie Gochnour, director of the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Institute, said Utah received about $5.7 billion — almost $2,000 per Utahn — from the federal government based on the 2010 Census.

Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in Utah

The University of Utah has gained national attention for being part of the elite PAC-12 athletics conference, and the academics often go overlooked. However, programs like the BSN are among the best in the region. BSN students have multiple tracks to choose from: a traditional pre-licensure track, and online RN to BSN, and a Nursing Early Assurance Program, designed for high school students to enter directly into the nursing school. The University of Utah also has the only nursing Ph.D. program in the state.

Political Cornflakes

An atmospheric sciences professor with the University of Utah spent more than 125 days cycling 2,300 miles on a one-man data-gathering mission around the depleted Great Salt Lake.

MicroLED array improves light delivery for optogenetics

A project at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Utah, supported by the NIH BRAIN Initiative Program, has now developed an electrically addressable array capable of delivering light to 181 sites in the brain, each providing sufficient light to optogenetically excite thousands of neurons in vivo.

Surgery Alone Can Improve Mixed Urinary Incontinence Symptoms

Combining behavioral and pelvic floor muscle therapy with midurethral sling surgery does not meaningfully improve mixed urinary incontinence (UI) symptoms more than surgery alone, according to new study findings published in JAMA. “The ESTEEM trial was well done and robust and should be used to guide clinical care,” Ingrid E. Nygaard, MD, MS, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, wrote in an accompanying editorial. “The results are likely generalizable to women with mixed incontinence without pelvic organ prolapse.”

Scientists discover a pattern of brain connectivity linked to anger and aggression

The team of researchers led by Jeff Anderson, a professor of radiology and imaging sciences at the University of Utah, employed a dataset from the Human Connectome Project. The dataset includes both the brain activity and behavioral data of 1,003 healthy human subjects. The project also measured the subjects’ age, IQs, and emotional health. What was particularly valuable about this dataset is that the brian connectivity information was recorded using two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods.

Are existing laws enough to cope with accelerating environmental change?

Do you think that major statutory reform is necessary address global environmental challenges? Think again. New research by a group of University of Utah environmental law scholars explores the untapped capacity of existing environmental and natural resources management statutes to address accelerating environmental change in the absence of major legislative reform.

Federal judge: Epstein’s death dashes women’s hopes to toss secret pact

Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah who represented Epstein’s accusers, said he and Fort Lauderdale attorney Bradley Edwards may appeal Marra’s decision. “We’re disappointed that no action will be taken to remedy the violation of the victims’ rights act,” Cassell, a former federal judge, said in a statement.

Fla. Judge Closes Epstein Victims' Suit Following His Death

A Florida federal judge said Monday that Jeffrey Epstein's death makes it impossible for the court to revoke a nonprosecution deal and reopen a criminal case against the billionaire sex offender. The victims are represented by Bradley Edwards of Edwards Pottinger LLC and Paul G. Cassell of the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Research Shows Pregnant Women’s Sleep Position Not Linked To Baby’s Health

According to a recent study by University of Utah School of medicine, pregnant women’s sleep position does not cause any risk to child as long as they are comfortable. Earlier pregnant women were advised to sleep on their left side to reduce stillbirth risk but lead author Dr. Robert Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology stated that through their 30 weeks of pregnancy varied sleep positions are all safe.

How to line up great medical school letters of recommendation

When you apply to medical school, you’re going to write a personal statement that speaks to your abilities. Your medical school letters of recommendation, another key element to your application, will confirm and expand on those abilities. Benjamin R. Chan, MD, is associate dean of admissions at the University of Utah School of Medicine, one of the 37 member schools of AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. As a frequent reader of letters of recommendation, he offered these tips to medical school applicants.