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Spring weather in Utah can be unpredictable, creating frustration for people looking forward to summer weather. But for farmers, the up and down weather could impact the health of fruit trees. Experts are trying to warn people before it’s too late.

Health officials say two people in Salt Lake County have died after they were infected with hepatitis A from an outbreak that originally spread from San Diego.

The Salt Lake County Health Department said in a news release Tuesday that one person died at the end of March and the other in January. The department declined to release gender, age or names for the victims, citing health privacy laws.

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New state data shows Utah's abortion rate fell to a historic low in 2016, continuing a downward trend that comes amid a national decline.

The new report from the Utah Department of Health shows there were 4.2 abortions performed for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. That's the lowest figure since 1975, the first full year Utah tracked abortions.

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Professor Meghan Duffy, an expert in infectious diseases who recently lectured at Utah State University, was interested in how food webs in lakes are affected by pathogens, not drug discovery. She set up an experiment to see how water fleas – a small crustacean that are also important food for young fish – grow and reproduce under different diets with different pathogen exposures.

1 in 5 Utah women experience domestic violence.
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A new state health survey shows almost one in five Utah women have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner but few of the women sought help.

Utah Department of Health has released new data from a 2016 poll of 10,000 adults in the state.

The Pill, a birth control method used my many women to prevent pregnancy.
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Utah's governor has signed a bill allowing women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription for birth control.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the law Tuesday to allow women to get birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings directly from a pharmacist. Similar laws are in place in a handful of other states, including California, Colorado and Oregon.

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This is the ninth county health rankings report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year the two organizations pool data from different sources to look at how where we live affects our health. 

USU pre-med student researches concussion reporting behaviors.
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Almost half a million student athletes compete in 24 different sports at a collegiate level. Many of these athletes will suffer concussions. 

Medically complex children pilot program
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In 2015, a pilot program was approved by the Utah Legislature giving financial assistance to families with children who have complex medical conditions, such as a disability and who don't typically qualify for Medicaid. The funds for the program run out in June. This year, H.B. 100 would give the program ongoing funding by a Medicaid waiver. 

Doctor discusses health with patient
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The study finds poor air quality not only affects our environment, but also our health. Researchers University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare report a correlation between high incidents of pneumonia and winter inversions along the Wasatch Front. 

A bag of medical marijuana; Medical marijuana and marijuana for research purposes passes first committee meeting.
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A Utah lawmaker's proposals that would allow terminally ill people to use certain forms of marijuana and farmers to grow it for research purposes passed their first hurdle in a committee despite criticism that the piecemeal approach doesn't go far enough.

Rep. Brad Daw, a Republican from Orem, said during a hearing Wednesday that the measures help dying people try another alternative that may help and provides a way for researchers to get marijuana locally.

Synthetic cannabinoid oils have been associated with negative health implications, hospitalizations, and deaths.
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The U.S. Army is warning about the dangers of vaping synthetic cannabinoid oil after about 60 soldiers and Marines in North Carolina and 33 troops in Utah experienced serious medical problems in January.

In a Monday public health alert, the U.S. Army Public Health Center said military personnel have suffered headaches, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, dilated pupils, dizziness, agitation and seizures. All these symptoms are associated with synthetic cannabinoids. Two Marines have died in accidents blamed on synthetic cannabinoid-induced seizures.

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Surgeons at a hospital in a Salt Lake City suburb performed 172 organ transplants last year, including a record number of liver transplants.

The Intermountain Medical Center in Murray celebrated the milestone on Tuesday with a gathering of families of donors, recipients and medical staff.

A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program has done little to alleviate stress for states and parents in the New Year. 

Preventing Allergic Asthma Starts In Your Home

Nov 17, 2017
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Spring is often associated with the flare up of allergies but during the holiday season, people can experience intense asthma symptoms. According to experts, there are ways to solve this problem instead of just treating the symptoms. 

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The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America Project recently published the results of a 400,000 person survey on the 2016 obesity rates in the U.S. Overall, the obesity rate in the United States is stabilizing.

Utah Study Finds Mental Ways To Ease Physical Pain

Jul 26, 2017

A Utah-based study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine this month shows that mental treatment for physical pain may be more effective than we believe. Conducted by the University of Utah’s Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, the study found significant reductions in pain using mindfulness or hypnotic interventions.

Can a Face Mask Protect You From Air Pollution?

Jan 19, 2017

  

Air pollution is a complicated problem without a simple solution. But have you ever wondered what you can do to protect your health on bad air days? Scientists suggest a mask.

Toddler Obesity Significantly Drops In Utah

Nov 30, 2016
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Nearly one in four toddlers are overweight or have obesity, but lately those numbers have dropped. A recent study shows 2-to-4-year-old kids have significantly lower obesity rates than in 2010. In Utah, obesity rates among toddlers dropped from 12.5 percent to 8.2 percent.

 

Intranasal Flu Vaccine Was Ineffective Last Year, Doctors Say

Jun 27, 2016

The intranasal flu vaccine, commonly known as FluMist, has been given to thousands of adults and children since it was introduced in 2003, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising against it.

Bad Air Day? Try a Mask.

May 10, 2016

Air pollution is a complicated problem without a simple solution. But have you ever wondered what you can do to protect your health on bad air days? Scientists suggest a mask.

Newborn babies in Utah are tested for 44 medical conditions, one being Phenylketonuria, or PKU, a rare genetic disorder that impacts one in every 10,000 to 15,000 births, according to the Utah Department of Health. A Northern Utah family shares their story about their three children who have PKU.

 

 


Supreme Court Ruling Brings Out Medicaid Discussion

Jun 29, 2015
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The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has brought the question of Medicaid expansion in Utah to the forefront of the state legislature.

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Rocky Mountain Power representatives met on Tuesday with the Utah Public Service Commission to discuss the costs of alternative energy generation. The power company offers a program called net metering, which allows customers to offset electricity charges when they use their own solar panels or wind generators.

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If you’ve been looking this flu season for a way to find out what pathogens are floating around town, there’s an app for that.

A few years ago tech-developer Graham Dodge came down with a stomach virus and, as someone interested in data, he wondered if there was a way to track his ailment in the area he lived to try and get a better picture of how he got sick.

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