News Clips for Sept. 20, 2019

Utah’s rate of vaping-related illness is among the worst in the nation. Here’s what you need to know.

Some patients might not immediately disclose THC use because it is illegal in Utah, said Scott Aberegg, a critical care pulmonologist at University of Utah Health; some patients have claimed they were vaping nicotine, and only acknowledged THC use after their families were no longer in earshot, he said.

Trump Orders Flu Vaccine Overhaul

Andrew Pavia, MD, co-chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Treatment Guidelines Panel, and chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah, characterized the executive order as "an important and clear commitment to goals" for the prevention of influenza in the U.S. "We are at a point where we can move to 'Generation 2' vaccines, such as cell-based and recombinant vaccines, but they are not being produced in large amounts or being preferred," Pavia told MedPage Today.

North America has lost 3 billion birds in 50 years

“Birds are not dropping out of the sky,” said Cagan Sekercioglu, a University of Utah ornithologist who was not involved in the new report, which he described as a “landmark” study. “When you are young, that’s your baseline. The problem is, the next generation, their baseline is lower. But they don’t know what they’re missing.”

U-led search team recovers new meteorites originally from moon

The new meteorites were found by the 2018-19 U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET) field team, led by Jim Karner at the University of Utah and Ralph Harvey at Case Western Reserve University. “We actually found the first piece the very first day of searching,” says Karner, the ANSMET team science lead.

A three minute memory test could catch reversible cognitive impairment

The American Academy of Neurology is recommending that everyone over the age of 65 be tested yearly for mild cognitive impairment. The recommendation heralds the release of an AAN quality measurement set published Thursday online in the journal Neurology. The idea is to improve the quality of neurologic care in an aging population, said Norman L. Foster, M.D., University of Utah in Salt Lake City, a fellow of the academy.