News Clips for Sept. 18, 2019

Yellowstone volcano: Supervolcano hit by 123 earthquakes in just 28 days

Jamie Farrell at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, believes this is just part of the natural cycle for Yellowstone volcano, saying: “Earthquake swarms are fairly common in Yellowstone. “There is no indication that this swarm is related to magma moving through the shallow crust.”

Officer accused of mishandling Lauren McCluskey's case takes new police job

A police officer who investigators say failed to relay a report about a University of Utah student's ex-boyfriend before she was killed has resigned and joined another department. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Miguel Deras quit last week and has been hired to work as an officer in Logan.

University of Utah defeats medical malpractice lawsuit

The Utah Supreme Court has sided with state's Third District Court in ruling that a woman allegedly injured during a surgery at LDS Hospital waited too long to file her case. The Utah Governmental Immunity Act requires plaintiffs to give notice of their claim to the state within a year. Justice John Pearce said in the Aug. 15 ruling that defendant University of Utah, which employed the physician who performed the plaintiff's surgery, is a state entity under the Act.

Does collagen powder actually do anything for your muscles, hair, or skin?

Despite fitness influencers promoting collagen powders on Instagram, evidence of collagen supplements increasing muscle protein synthesis is pretty scant. For starters, as in the case of skin, it’s unclear whether ingested collagen ends up in the muscles, says Katherine Beals, an associate clinical professor of nutrition and integrative physiology at the University of Utah. Beals also points out that studies that suggest these products can increase muscle mass are often “methodologically flawed.”

Major law firms pledge U$5 million for industry diversity

A study by the University of Utah has found that existing laws and policies may be adaptive enough to enable jurisdictions to address the issues using expanded capacities. Robin Craig of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law says the goal is to avoid system collapse and she cited two primary ways that existing statutes can be leveraged to increase capacities. "First, there is often flexibility within the statute itself--i.e., the statute provides room for new implementation strategies to cope with new realities, such as through productive exercises of federal agency discretion,” she said. “Second, much of the existing environmental and natural resources statutory regime provides the authority to open up space for social-ecological systems to better utilize their own adaptive and transformative capacities. For example, rather than mandate that a particular protected area remain in an increasingly forced historical state of being, agency management rule changes can allow the area to adapt and evolve to changing conditions while still protecting the new productive system that emerges.”

Vitamin D replenishment in neurocritical patients does not improve outcomes: Clinical trial

In the clinical trial, Dr. Karsy M at Department of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah, and colleagues emergently admitted neurocritical care patients with vitamin D deficiency from Oct. 2016 until April 2018 who were randomized to receive vitamin D or place