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.

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