Health Care

This year's flu is nasty, but Utah's hospitalization rates have slowed

Flu vaccines still available and recommended

Physicians still recommend getting the flu shot if you haven’t already. 

Health Care

This year's flu is nasty, but Utah's hospitalization rates have slowed

Flu vaccines still available and recommended

Physicians still recommend getting the flu shot if you haven’t already. 


Health & Fitness

2018 Olympic alpine, moguls skiers in care of 2 Ogden doctors

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Orthopedic surgeon Jeff Harrison is the U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team’s lead team physician, while physical therapist Doug Flint is the team physiotherapist for Sweden and Norway’s moguls teams. 


Health Care

West Haven mom commits to helping opiate addicts in late son's honor

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Landon James Sparks, 28, died of an opiate overdose on Aug. 15, 2017, leaving behind his wife, 1-year-old daughter and gregarious extended family.


Government

Breastfeeding bill draws pushback but clears committee on 6-5 vote

Breastfeeding in public

After surprising opposition and a failed attempt to add language regarding modesty, a bill to further normalize breastfeeding in public barely squeaked out of a male-dominated legislative committee Thursday on a 6-5 vote.


Government

Cheaper prescription drugs in Utah is the hope of House Bill 163

Spikes in prescription drug costs perplexing

A federal provision allows states to set up prescription drug imports. Bringing medicines from Canada has some worried about safety — but could be a new avenue for those desperate for lower-cost alternatives. 


Government

2 pending Utah medical cannabis bills draw mixed reactions

Will Utah be next?

During a recent committee hearing on Utah’s Capitol Hill, the House sponsor of two medical cannabis bills described their limited scope as a “very small toe in the water.”


Health Care

Super Bowl chest pain: How to recognize heartache, heartburn or a heart attack

Football party food

Experts say heart attack dangers may increase on Super Bowl Sunday. Be careful and know the signs.


Government

Bill to increase suicide hotline accessibility named in honor of Huntsville teen

Huntsville mom honored by Utah lawmakers

House Bill 41, now called Hannah’s Bill, aims to strengthen mental health crisis lines so that anyone phoning in at any time will reach a professional who can help.


Health Care

Northern Utah health care providers eye potential Medicaid expansion in 2018

Medicaid expansion could ease community clinic burdens

Roughly 60 percent of the 26,000-plus patients treated at Midtown Community Health Center’s various locations have no insurance, making service delivery more difficult, if not entirely out of reach. But Medicaid expansion would go along way toward solving that problem.


Government

Senate resolution aims to address post-operative deaths related to opioids

Prescription narcotics linked to postoperative deaths

A Republican state senator from Vernal is sponsoring a resolution that could reveal many more deaths linked to prescription opioid use than previously recognized.


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