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Intermountain VP to join Medicare commission

Intermountain Healthcare's vice president of policy, Greg Poulsen, will be one of 17 advisers to Congress on issues affecting Medicare. Poulsen was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and will start work immediately. “I’m excited to be a part of this commission,” ...

Kids offer, hope, encouragement and life advice on Happiness Hotline

ROY — Heartwarming and uplifting messages from children are just a phone call away thanks to the Happiness Hotline. With the help of Roy High School visual arts teacher T.J. Bean, Rod Belnap, Weber School District director of career and technical education, created the program after hearing ...

Study shows promise in treating prostate cancer

A new international study, completed with Intermountain Healthcare researchers and patients, shows promise in treating prostate cancer. Treating prostate cancer patients with hormone therapy in addition to radiation therapy for the lymph nodes and prostate bed (a structure in the male pelvis ...

Bird flu, reported in four more counties, on the rise in Utah

Avian flu has been found in 10 wild birds across the state, and that has officials very concerned. The first case was discovered in April in Cache County but has now spread to Weber, Tooele, Salt Lake and Carbon counties, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Some of the birds ...

Anti-cancer compounds discovered in sea corals

OGDEN — Preserving the diversity of animals on the Earth is extremely important because they contain a variety of potentially human-life saving compounds. That’s what University of Utah professor Eric Schmidt said after his research team found soft sea corals contain a promising ...

Survey: Substance abuse down, mental health concerns up among Utah youth

Substance use has declined among Utah’s adolescents. That’s the good news. The bad news: Mental health concerns are increasing among those same groups from grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. A report from a survey by the Prevention Needs Assessment and released by the Utah Department of Health and ...

2 Utah children treated for widespread hepatitis outbreak

Two Utah children younger than the age of 10 have been treated for a mysterious illness that causes hepatitis with no known cause. The Utah Department of Health and Human Services stated the children are part of a worldwide pediatric hepatitis investigation. Because of privacy issues, ...

Utah Department of Health reports rise in new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 is spiking again in Utah and health experts are asking the public to get vaccinated and take appropriate precautions. Over the past seven days, the Utah Department of Health reports 4,504 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths and 118 hospitalizations, with 18 of those patients in ...

Health experts tell Utah parents not to dilute, make their own formula

SALT LAKE CITY — Hopefully, the baby formula shortage will be over in the next couple of months, but in the meantime, health officials are stressing two important messages to Utah families: Do not dilute your baby’s formula and don’t make your own. “Formulas are made with a lot of ...