Expert Health News & Information

Navigating your health can be difficult. HealthFeed is here to help. As the official blog of University of Utah Health, we are here to offer you information on the latest in medicine, research, nutrition, exercise, and more. We not only will give you the facts, but help you understand them in today’s world where headlines are changing every day.

Dec 10, 2018

Oh, that Aching Back

In 2016, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that costs due to back pain trail only diabetes and heart disease in total health care costs in the United States.

Dec 07, 2018

When Cold Hands Won't Warm Up

When Cold Hands Won't Warm Up

Dec 04, 2018

Treatments for Craniosynostosis

The premature fusion of skull bones is a condition known as craniosynostosis.

Dec 03, 2018

How to Avoid the Flu During the Holidays

You don't want to miss a moment.

Nov 27, 2018

How to Create a Cancer Care Package

It's the little things that count.

Nov 21, 2018

Five Tips to Keep You Safe on Turkey Day

Be thankful you don't have to go to the emergency room.

Nov 19, 2018

You Need Sunglasses on the Slopes

UV radiation is present in the winter as well as the summer.

Nov 16, 2018

How to Safely Deep Fry Your Turkey

You don't want your Thanksgiving to go up in flames.

Nov 15, 2018

Holiday Hacks for Type 2 Diabetics

You can navigate the holidays with a few simple tips.

Nov 14, 2018

Don't Let Diabetic Eye Disease Sneak Up on You

If you are one of the 30.3 million Americans with diabetes, you are at risk for diabetic eye disease—including blindness.

Nov 13, 2018

Healthy Holiday Habits

We’re sharing a few of our favorite hacks to satisfy holiday food cravings, enjoy holiday parties, and prioritize your health.

Nov 05, 2018

Sports Injuries and Age

Athletes get hurt. However, their age may play a role in the injuries they sustain.

Nov 05, 2018

Dealing With Hip and Knee Pain

Thousands of people deal with it every day.

Oct 30, 2018

Scary Diseases to Avoid This Fall

Protect you and your kids from the germs, bacteria, and viruses that cause some pretty frightening illnesses.

Oct 18, 2018

How Much Sugar Do You Drink?

It may be hiding in plain sight.

Oct 17, 2018

Spooky Contact Lenses: Beware!

Don’t let a bad Halloween costume decision haunt you for life.

Oct 15, 2018

Healthy Snack Choices

Step away from the vending machine.

Oct 11, 2018

Polio Like Illness Causes Concern

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a neurologic illness, most often caused by a group of viruses similar to the polio virus.

Oct 09, 2018

Preventing Osteoporosis

Your bones support you. You need to support your bones.

Oct 08, 2018

Burn Prevention Tips

Simple things you can do to avoid burn injuries in your home.

Oct 08, 2018

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than one out of every four people over the age of 65 suffers a fall each year.

Oct 02, 2018

Facts About Diabetes

What you don't know could hurt you.

Oct 02, 2018

Your Teen Needs Sleep

You may not rock them to sleep any more, but you can help your teen get the sleep they need.

Sep 27, 2018

Helping Kids Deal With Anxiety

Anxiety can be a problem at any age.

Sep 27, 2018

The Season of SAD

As the days get shorter and darker, people begin to feel less energy, are less likely to be productive and begin to feel hopeless. These are common symptoms of SAD—a type of depression set apart by a seasonal pattern.

Sep 26, 2018

Scooter Safety

Scooter accidents are on the rise.

Sep 25, 2018

New Hope For Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart becomes dilated, or enlarged. This can occur due to a previous heart attack, or diseases of the heart.

Sep 20, 2018

Vision Changes as We Age: What’s Normal, What’s Not?

September is “Healthy Aging Month”—a good time to think about your vision, now and in the future.

Sep 20, 2018

Know Your Growths

There are several types of growths that occur in the female reproductive system.

Sep 17, 2018

Answers About Aspirin

One third of Americans over the age of 65 take an aspirin every day.

Sep 04, 2018

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers who are unprepared to meet these increased physical and emotional demands often experience “caregiver burnout,” also known as “caregiver stress.”

Sep 04, 2018

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers who are unprepared to meet these increased physical and emotional demands often experience “caregiver burnout,” also known as “caregiver stress.”

Sep 04, 2018

Traveling With Medications

There are some things to consider.

Sep 04, 2018

Common Swimming Injuries

Swimming is great exercise -- if you do it right.

Sep 04, 2018

Could Your Apple Watch Save Your Life?

Your Apple watch is now a medical device.

Sep 04, 2018

What is Metabolomics?

Metabolomics is the study of the unique chemical fingerprint left by cells.

Aug 28, 2018

What to Do About a Black Eye

Common causes include sports injuries, collisions with door frames, or even a punch in the nose.

Aug 28, 2018

Snapchat Isn't the Problem: Dealing with Body Dysmorphia

Social media is adding a new twist to an old problem.

Aug 21, 2018

Summer Is Eye-Healthy Food Time

You may have heard that carrots are good for your vision—and it’s true. But so are spinach, kale, tomatoes, arugula, and sweet potatoes.

Aug 20, 2018

Your Gallbladder and You

You make a great team.

Aug 14, 2018

Helping Moms in the Face of Drug Dependency and Addiction

Pregnant women with opioid use disorders often face a number of challenges during their pregnancies.

Aug 02, 2018

Same Day Skin Cancer Surgery

The words “cancer surgery” do not bring to mind a same day procedure in which the patient is awake for the whole process.

Aug 01, 2018

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

There isn’t a single vaginal rejuvenation procedure.

Jul 25, 2018

Are You Sun Safe?

You probably aren't doing enough to protect yourself from the sun.

Jul 20, 2018

Take Care of Your Liver

Your liver does a lot for you. It’s the largest internal organ in your body and carries out more than 500 essential tasks to keep you healthy.

Jul 16, 2018

Bye, Bye Breastfeeding

What is the right way to wean your baby?

Jul 12, 2018

Pap Smear, HPV Test, or Both?

The pap smear (or pap test) is one of the cornerstones of women’s health.

Jul 12, 2018

How to Tell If Your Sunglasses Are Really Protecting Your Eyes

Not all sunglasses are created equal. In particular, older sunglasses may not be as effective as you think.

Jul 10, 2018

Hawaii Bans Certain Sunscreens in an Effort to Protect Coral Reefs

The law specifically prohibits the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which will take effect in 2021.

Jul 05, 2018

Play Safely

Kids love playgrounds. But that doesn't mean playgrounds love kids.

Jul 03, 2018

Fireworks Safety Tips

Don't let an injury ruin your 4th of July.

Jul 03, 2018

Fire Pit Safety Tips

Outdoor fire places and fire pits can create a lovely ambiance and help extend parties by providing warmth and light after the sun goes down. They also can cause serious burns.

Jul 02, 2018

What You Need To Know About Toxic Shock Syndrome

TSS is not a condition that only affects menstruating women using tampons—or women alone.

Jun 29, 2018

What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

It’s a condition that causes the tissues of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) to swell making eating and swallowing difficult, and over the past decade it is being seen more and more—especially in children.

Jun 25, 2018

The Blinding Truth About Fireworks

From the bright glow of sparklers to the thrill of bottle rockets and Roman candles, fireworks are a July tradition. Unfortunately, so are firework-related eye injuries.

Jun 14, 2018

Vaccinate Your Children

Vaccines are one of medicines greatest accomplishments. They have all but eradicated diseases that used to be common—and deadly.

May 25, 2018

Summer Safety Tips for Teens

This summer the majority of teens will be left home alone for at least some amount of time, and there are plenty of ways for them to get in trouble, or get hurt. So, how to keep them safe?

May 24, 2018

Fibroids: Benign but Troublesome Tumors

Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the muscles of the uterus.

May 24, 2018

Snack Wisely at Work

Pick the right snacks at the office.

May 21, 2018

May Is Healthy Vision Month: Protect Your Peepers!

More than 24 million American adults have never had an eye exam.

May 17, 2018

Don't Take a Vacation From Healthy Eating

Vacation is a wonderful time to relax, have fun, and indulge. You don’t want to overdo it though, and throw all your healthy eating habits out the window.

May 17, 2018

Understanding the New Nutrition Facts Label

Reading the nutrition labels on your foods is about to get more informative.

May 16, 2018

Basketball & Eye Injuries: The Madness Continues

Basketball is still the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in the United States.

May 15, 2018

Sneaky Sugar

If you don’t pay close attention to the foods you are eating you can end up with too much sugar in your diet, leading to complications like weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems.

May 11, 2018

DNA Download: What You Learn With Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is booming—the market is expected to hit $20 billion by 2020. Here’s what to look for in DNA testing options, as well as what to do when you get your results.

Apr 30, 2018

Medication Questions You Should Be Asking

Almost half of Americans are on some sort of prescription medication. Too many are taking pills that they know far too little about.

Apr 30, 2018

Facts About Skin Tags

Skin tags can happen on any part of the body but are most commonly found on the neck, under arms, under the breasts and in the groin area.

Apr 24, 2018

Seeing Your Way to Eye Donation

Did you know that the eyes are also an organ and can be donated to restore sight to people with corneal blindness?

Apr 24, 2018

Beware the Shower Floor

We think of the shower as a place to get off the dirt of the day and make a fresh start. However, there may be something unexpected lurking.

Apr 23, 2018

Handling Urinary Leakage

Childbirth, aging, injury, weight gain, or even genetics can cause urinary leakage (or female incontinence). So, what’s a woman to do? Read these tips from our urogynecology specialists.

Apr 16, 2018

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Health care is a spectrum of treatments, and interventions. Palliative care and hospice are an important part of that spectrum, but distinctly different parts of it.

Apr 12, 2018

Ready to Say Goodbye to Dieting?

Today I want to talk about the concerns around diet culture and introduce an alternative approach to achieving balanced nutrition.

Mar 27, 2018

The Truth About Collagen Supplements

Should you take them?

Mar 27, 2018

What Your Acne Means

Not all acne is equal.

Mar 26, 2018

Home Safety Tips

How safe is your home?

Mar 21, 2018

Rethinking Back Pain Treatments

There is growing concern that much of that money is being spent on back pain treatments that either don’t work, or make the condition worse.

Mar 20, 2018

Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

You may be drinking too much.

Mar 19, 2018

Why Asparagus Makes Your Urine Smell

Love asparagus?

Mar 19, 2018

Don't Fear Your Colonoscopy

Despite major advancements in colon cancer screenings, the stigma surrounding a colonoscopy leaves many of us, well, a little uncomfortable.

Mar 14, 2018

Five Ways To Reduce Food Waste

Not only will you save money from buying less food, but you can help conserve energy.

Mar 13, 2018

Eye Safety at Work—Again

Every March, year after year, eye health organizations make a concerted effort to educate Americans about eye protection in the workplace.

Mar 13, 2018

Is the Anti-inflammatory Diet Right for You?

For Americans who are looking for a weight loss program, perhaps the most important program to try on for size is the anti-inflammatory diet.

Mar 13, 2018

Is the Keto Diet the Secret Sauce to Weight Loss or Just Another Diet Fad?

The goal of this low-carb, high-fat diet is to help the body reach the body’s metabolic state called ketosis.

Mar 08, 2018

Take Care of Your Kidneys

Your kidneys take care of you every day. They clean waste products out of your blood and eliminate excess fluids, turning them into urine to exit your body through your bladder. So, are you taking care of your kidneys?

Mar 05, 2018

The Upside to Low Vision

A diagnosis of “low vision,” defined as vision that can’t be corrected with standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery, changes everything—from a person’s confidence to the way they navigate the world.

Feb 22, 2018

What's Going on Down There? Hernias 101

Hernias occur more often than you may think. Having a better understanding of this condition and the repercussions of a hernia will shed light on this sometimes painful and surprisingly prevalent condition.

Feb 15, 2018

Common Health Problems of Olympians

Athletes face numerous health problems while competing.

Feb 14, 2018

Pregnancy and Sleep

Do pregnant women need to worry about the way they sleep?

Feb 12, 2018

Navigating Emotional Eating

Eating is – and should be – pleasurable so avoiding situations where food is involved is not the solution.

Feb 09, 2018

February is AMD Awareness Month

If you haven’t already heard of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), chances are that you will, since it might one day affect you or someone in your family.

Feb 08, 2018

How to Avoid Food Policing and Weight Shaming: A Tutorial for Parents

Parents want to see their children make choices that fit within a healthy lifestyle.

Feb 08, 2018

Curried Carrot Soup

It isn't too spicy making it a kid-friendly option in my home. It also seems more decadent than the ingredients suggest.

Feb 08, 2018

Vegetarian Shepard's Pie

Let's try a new take on a classic comfort food: Shepard's Pie

Feb 08, 2018

Endlessly Adaptable Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are both wonderful on their own or as a topper to salads, tacos, and grain salads.

Feb 08, 2018

Benefits of Being a Nurse

Nursing may be a perfect career for you.

Feb 07, 2018

Four Olympic Athletes Who Returned from Injury to Victory

Sometimes the most inspiring examples of athleticism, courage, sportsmanship, and perseverance happen off the field of competition.

Feb 07, 2018

It's February. Do You Know Where Your New Year's Resolutions Went?

Almost half of us (41 percent) made New Year’s resolutions this year, and out of the top 11 goals we traditionally set for ourselves, four of them center around better health.

Feb 07, 2018

When Diabetes Goes on Vacation

Diabetes never takes a vacation, but that shouldn’t stop you and your family.

Feb 05, 2018

Smoke Inhalation Dangers

There are two chemicals that are most dangerous when it comes to inhalation during a structure fire: carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.

Feb 02, 2018

New Tech Treatments for Epilepsy Edge Closer to a Cure

Within the past ten years, the use of advanced technology to monitor and even control seizures is making freedom from seizures a reality.

Feb 02, 2018

Splitting the Hairs of Balding & Hair Loss

American hair loss sufferers spend more than 3.5 billion dollars a year in an attempt to treat their hair loss. Unfortunately, 99 percent of all products being marketed in the hair loss treatment industry are completely ineffective for the majority of those who use them.

Jan 30, 2018

Super Bowl LII: Your Guide to Avoiding a Heart Attack While Enjoying the Biggest Football Game of the Year

Did you know your risk of having a heart attack increases around the time of the Super Bowl?

Jan 30, 2018

Cholesterol: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Do you know what the numbers mean?

Jan 23, 2018

Salty Six: Foods with Surprising Amounts of Sodium

The Centers for Disease Control says each of us eats an average of over 3400 mg of salt every day, and most of that excess sodium comes from processed foods.

Jan 22, 2018

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Jan 22, 2018

Exercising in the Cold

Many of us tend to slow down a bit in the activity department as the colder weather limits our outdoor exercise options. However, there are several ways to stay active outside at this time of year.

Jan 22, 2018

Keeping Your Resolutions

Each year about a third of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives in some way. After six months though, only about half of those who made resolutions are still trying to keep them.

Jan 18, 2018

Gold Medal Travel Tips

Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and safe during your travels. 

Jan 18, 2018

Stay Away From Sugar

If you’re one of the 40% of Americans who make resolutions every year, you might be struggling to stick to your guns, especially if you’ve chosen to limit the sugar in your diet.

Jan 17, 2018

Cheers to Healthy Snacks!

Everyone loves a good snack.

Jan 17, 2018

Protect Your Vision

Simple tips for protecting your vision.

Jan 10, 2018

Age and Heart Disease

It's never too early to protect yourself from heart disease.

Jan 05, 2018

You Are When You Eat?

The TRF program tells people not to limit what they eat, but when they eat to a period between eight and 12 hours a day, fasting the rest of the time.

Jan 04, 2018

"Raw" Water Risks

Picture it: a cool, bubbling, crystal clear mountain spring. Nothing could be so pure or refreshing, right?

Jan 04, 2018

Common Gymnastics Injuries

Gymnastics is one of the most challenging sports out there. Injuries are common, especially to certain areas of the body.

Jan 03, 2018

Is That Morning “Eye Gunk” Normal?

Sleep in your eyes, sleep crust, sand, eye gunk—whatever you call it, we all get it—that crusty stuff in the corners of your eyes when you wake up in the morning.

Dec 28, 2017

Six Week Prep Program for Hangboard and Campusing Training

Without a proper foundation of strength climbers can easily injure themselves.

Dec 28, 2017

Moms To Be and Marijuana

The difficulties of pregnancy have moms to be searching for ways to ease their minds and bodies.

Dec 19, 2017

The Effects of Hypertension and High Blood Pressure on Strokes

Over 40% of the US population are not able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Dec 19, 2017

Dangers of Misusing Prescription Medications

If you have unused prescription medications in your cabinet, you probably didn’t follow doctor’s orders when treating an illness.

Dec 19, 2017

The Perils of Sensitive Teeth

Statistics show that one out of every eight Americans suffer from teeth sensitivity—otherwise known as dentinal hypersensitivity—but few of us talk to a dentist about it. What causes teeth sensitivity, and can it be treated or even reversed?

Dec 15, 2017

Holiday Decorating Injuries

Wrapping paper is no joke.

Dec 13, 2017

Kids’ Toys and Eye Safety: Making a List, Checking it Twice

In the chaos and rush of holiday shopping for kids’ toys, eye safety isn’t always top of mind. But Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gift Awareness Month for good reason.

Dec 12, 2017

What Is a Pharmacist?

You've heard of pharmacists, but do you know what they really do?

Dec 12, 2017

Surprising Facts About Teeth

You use them every day, but how much do you really think about your teeth?

Dec 12, 2017

Baked Pork Tenderloin and Apples

A lighter take on a classic holiday dish.

Dec 12, 2017

Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup

A savory and filling soup perfect for a cold day.

Dec 12, 2017

Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds give flavor to this potato dish without having to add a lot of salt. Also, sesame seeds are rich in copper, iron and magnesium.

Dec 11, 2017

Gum Disease and Cancer: What We Do and Don't Know

Gum disease has long been linked to heart disease. Now it is being reported that the condition can increase the risk of certain cancers – like cancers of the esophagus and the stomach.

Dec 06, 2017

Kidney Stones 101

Anyone who's ever had a kidney stone will tell you there's nothing else like it.

Dec 05, 2017

Spanking and Dating Violence: A New Link

Parents who choose to physically discipline their children may be conditioning them to be violent towards future partners according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Dec 04, 2017

Avoiding an Eating Disorder Relapse During the Holidays

While difficult to navigate at the best of times, these disorders are an even heavier burden during the holiday season, a time that should be enjoyed, not endured.

Nov 20, 2017

Rock Climbing Safety

Be safe when reaching for the next hold.

Nov 20, 2017

Cooking with Cranberries

Cranberries are tasty—and good for you.

Nov 17, 2017

Snoring: What Causes It and How to Treat It

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the loudest snore recorded measured approximately 111.6 decibels.

Nov 17, 2017

A Bulge in the Bicep

In cartoons a bulge in the bicep is the symbol of muscularity – and that someone has been eating their spinach. In real life though, such a bulge signals something very different.

Nov 16, 2017

A Good Night's Sleep

It can seem elusive, but it is possible to get a good night's sleep.

Nov 15, 2017

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

How many calories will you eat on Thanksgiving?

Nov 15, 2017

Migraine Mayhem

Migraines are very different from headaches.

Nov 15, 2017

Foam Rolling Exercises For Everyone

It’s a technique previously only used by athletes and trainers, but now foam rolling has gone mainstream.

Nov 14, 2017

Know Your Numbers: How to Properly Take Your Blood Pressure

How you take your blood pressure can affect the outcome.

Nov 13, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Does laser hair removal mean the end of waxing, shaving, tweezing and other painful hair removal methods?

Nov 10, 2017

Keep an Eye on Diabetes

If you are under a doctor’s care for your diabetes, you probably know that you are also at risk for eye disease.

Nov 08, 2017

4 Stretching Myths Exposed

It’s important to stretch to maintain healthy joints and have appropriate mobility for physical activity.

Nov 07, 2017

Little Fish With a Big Impact

Small, tropical fish are making a big impact on health research!

Nov 06, 2017

Health on the Court

It's important to keep your player healthy at every stage of the game.

Oct 27, 2017

Should You Be Eating Activated Charcoal?

Black baked goods, ice creams, coffees, and lemonades are popping up on store shelves and in hip restaurants and all are getting their dark hues from the same source: activated charcoal.

Oct 25, 2017

What Can You Do About a Droopy Upper Eyelid?

When the upper eyelid droops over the eye, it’s called ptosis and it happens to people of all ages.

Oct 23, 2017

Labor and Laughing Gas

Giving birth is no laughing matter. However, it can be made a little easier with the help of nitrous oxide.

Oct 20, 2017

Why Do We Like To Be Scared?

Everyone enjoys a good scare now and then, but why?

Oct 20, 2017

Period Pain: When to Go to the Doctor

When the pain is extreme and paired with excessive bleeding, fever, or feels suddenly worse than what has been previously experienced, it’s time to see your doctor.

Oct 20, 2017

Cortisol: The Good News, Bad News, and the Downright Ugly Truth behind This Stress Hormone

Cortisol gets a bad rap. It’s blamed for anxiety, high blood pressure, stroke—you name it. But having a better understanding of this hormone’s function helps people realize that balancing this hormone—not eliminating it—is key to healthy living.

Oct 18, 2017

The Road to Recovery

Professional athletes push their bodies to the limit in pursuit of big moves, and big points. Unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to big injuries.

Oct 16, 2017

Taking the Red Out: Treating Rosacea

Those with rosacea are often fair skinned, over 30 years old, and tend to blush easily. Over time, these individuals may develop small blood vessels on their cheeks, chin, forehead and nose that do not serve and explicit purpose.

Oct 13, 2017

Disguising Your Eyes for Halloween? Beware!

Don’t let a bad Halloween costume decision haunt you for life. It could happen if you’re looking to disguise your eyes with freaky colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Oct 11, 2017

Get Your Body Ready for CrossFit

There are tremendous benefits to this popular athletic program, but as with any fitness program, it comes with factors worth considering before jumping onboard. Here’s what you need to know before giving it a go.

Sep 29, 2017

Don’t Ink Your Eyes

Let’s just cut to the chase: getting an eye “tattoo” is a bad idea.

Sep 27, 2017

Let's Talk About Sex..ually Transmitted Diseases

The number of sexually transmitted diseases hit an all-time high in 2016. According to the Centers for Disease Control more than two million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia were reported in 2016.

Sep 26, 2017

5 Vision Myths Debunked

What is fact and what is fiction? Read these five myths about vision and find out if they are true!

Sep 25, 2017

Facts About Fats

Not all fats are created equal. Learn some facts about which fats are better than others.

Sep 21, 2017

How To Clean Your Ears

Hint: don't stick anything in there.

Sep 21, 2017

Breast Is Best

New moms face a variety of choices after giving birth. One of the most important is how to feed their newborn.

Sep 14, 2017

Aging Eyes: When to Consider Cataract Surgery and What to Ask Your Surgeon

If you live long enough, you will develop a cataract or two.

Sep 14, 2017

The Gift of Life: Living Kidney Donation

Numbers from the National Kidney Foundation show just how desperate the need is for living kidney donors.

Aug 30, 2017

5 Tips to Moderate your Carbohydrate Intake

A recent study suggests moderate carbohydrate intake is associated with lower risk of death. Find tips on how to reduce your carb intake.

Aug 29, 2017

The Raw and The Cooked: Tips for Eating Meat

Can disciplined dieters overcome disease by chowing down on a chicken breast served up rare?

Aug 29, 2017

Don’t Let Overuse Be Your Crux in Rock Climbing

A huge number of climbing risks involve the overuse of your body at the climbing gym. Learn how to climb smarter with these tips.

Aug 28, 2017

Don't Force the Splits

With training the splits should come easily, but it doesn't happen in a day.

Aug 23, 2017

Two Studies Support Intensive Blood Pressure Control for Long-Term Health, Quality of Life

Two studies provide additional support for lowering systolic blood pressure to an intensive goal of 120 mmHg – far below the standard guidelines of 140 mmHg – to reduce the risk of heart disease in high-risk patients with hypertension. The new research shows that intensive blood pressure control is well-tolerated by patients and is cost-effective in terms of health-related quality of life and financial costs to the healthcare system.

Aug 22, 2017

Have Kids? Know About These Eye Hazards

When it comes to kids and eye safety, there’s always something. A recent study looks at kids and detergent pods, which can cause chemical burns to the eyes.

Aug 17, 2017

Back to School Checklist

All the things your kid needs to go back to school.

Aug 17, 2017

Make Ahead Lunches

Preparing lunches can take a lot of time -- which a lot of parents don't have in the morning. Find ideas for lunches that you can prepare ahead of time.

Aug 15, 2017

The Eclipse is Coming! Here’s What You Need to Know

As the excitement builds and the entire country counts down to the total eclipse of the sun on August 21, ophthalmologists, planetariums, astronomical societies, and the media are all doing their best to get the word out about why and how you need to protect your eyes.

Aug 15, 2017

Stay Off The Bench: Baseball Injury Prevention

Whether you are playing little league, high school, college, or Major League Baseball there are several common injuries to be aware of.

Aug 11, 2017

Water Can Burn Like Fire

Almost everyone has burned their tongue on a hot drink, or pulled their hand out from under the tap after feeling the water is uncomfortably warm.

Aug 09, 2017

Traveling to School Safety Tips

Here are a few safety tips for making sure your kids will make it to school and back again.

Aug 09, 2017

Could a Low Sperm Count Mean More than Fertility Problems?

While decreased fertility is the first health concern people may associate with dropping sperm counts, it is not the only one.

Aug 04, 2017

Suicide and Social Media

Almost every teen now has an account on at least one social media platform. They use it to reach out to friends, to share experiences, and to tell the world about themselves. However, they also may be making themselves vulnerable.

Aug 03, 2017

Tips for Better Diabetes Management

Here are just a few ways you can manage your diabetes.

Aug 03, 2017

Cataracts and Your Vision

Cataracts can cause serious problems, but there is also a fairly simple treatment.

Aug 01, 2017

The Eclipse is Coming! Are You Ready?

Some might think it’s a chance to ignore mom’s advice to never look directly into the sun.

Jul 31, 2017

Too Soon for Botox?

Are there any risks in getting Botox too soon? While Botox is a common go-to for people trying to combat the effects of aging when should you try it?

Jul 26, 2017

The Famous Faces of Learning Disorders

Dyslexia affects about 1 in 10 Americans, and (ADHD) appears in about 50 percent to 70 percent of school-aged children with a learning disability.

Jul 20, 2017

The Most Common Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

Surgery is not the most common way brain tumors are usually found and diagnosed. Neither are headaches, believe it or not.

Jul 18, 2017

Give Yourself a Break: The Art of Meditation

The benefits of meditation are realized by those who choose to practice it regularly. Find some simple tips to begin meditation practice.

Jul 17, 2017

"Lost" Contact Lenses: A Cautionary Tale

Reports of doctors removing 27 disposable contact lenses from a 67-year-old British woman’s eye hit the news over the weekend.

Jul 17, 2017

Safe Travels

Even the best-planned trip abroad can be ruined if you have to spend it stuck in a hotel bed feeling crummy.

Jul 17, 2017

Whack-a-Mole: Signs Your Mole Needs to Go

Experts say that nearly 70 percent of melanomas are new moles, but 30 percent appear from changing moles.

Jun 26, 2017

Vacuum Your Pores?

A beauty treatment from Korea is now intriguing women in the U.S.: pore vacuuming. Yes, you read that right. The treatment involves a small vacuum that sucks out the oil, dead skin, and other gunk that may have collected in your pores.

Jun 26, 2017

The Pain of Sunburns

Just one bad sunburn increases your chances of skin cancer.

Jun 23, 2017

Poison Lookalikes

There are lots of poison hazards your kids (or even you) may mistake for something else.

Jun 19, 2017

Which Oil Is the Best Oil?

If coconut oil isn’t the miracle food it has been touted to be, then what is the best oil to use?

Jun 14, 2017

Play it Safe This July

Kids are running through sprinklers, teens are hanging out in front of the slushy shack, and the smell of barbeques is in the air. Summer is here, and Fourth of July celebrations complete with fireworks are on the way.

Jun 14, 2017

Hot Campfire Tips That Prevent You From Getting Burned

A campfire needs to have its space to keep those enjoying it from getting hurt.

Jun 14, 2017

Stay Tick Free This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and into nature—but watch out for tiny hitchhikers. Unfortunately, as we go out to enjoy the summer sun, so do ticks.

Jun 14, 2017

Gone Golfing

How to get in great shape to hit the links.

Jun 12, 2017

Your Period Is Not Toxic

Some women refer to their periods as “the curse.” Now, a small group of raw vegan bloggers and YouTube stars are taking that sentiment quite literally, claiming that periods are a sign of toxicity in the body and can (and should) be stopped by changing eating habits.

Jun 08, 2017

Honey for Allergies

Are natural allergy remedies all they are cracked up to be?

Jun 08, 2017

Arthritis Treatments That Actually Work

Arthritis brings with it pain that can seem unbearable.

Jun 08, 2017

Building Baby Bookworms

A new study shows your efforts to read to even your very young baby are not in vain: Being read to as an infant is associated with better literacy later in childhood.

Jun 08, 2017

Don't Do It: The Deodorant Challenge

The challenge involves closely spraying aerosol deodorant on bare skin for as long as the person can stand it. It hurts in the moment, and can have lasting impacts as well.

Jun 07, 2017

Should You Use Drops to Whiten Your Eyes?

John A. Moran Eye Center ophthalmologist, Amy Lin, MD, doesn’t think whitening drops are such a great thing, at least not all the time.

Jun 06, 2017

Cough Cautions

The FDA just issued a warning about the possibly dangerous side effects of codeine and tramadol, two opioid ingredients found in some pain and cough medicines.

Jun 01, 2017

Obesity and Infertility

An NIH study found that couples in which both partners are considered obese may experience more difficulty conceiving than those in which only one is considered obese.

May 31, 2017

Should You Try a Menstrual Cup?

For years, women have been left with two choices when managing their menstrual cycle: use a pad or, if you were willing to brave the more invasive option, a tampon.

May 30, 2017

Exercise While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Many expectant women, especially first-time mothers, have questions about physical activity during pregnancy.

May 26, 2017

What Happens During a Stroke

Some basic facts about strokes.

May 16, 2017

No Need to Fidget

The lack of any studies isn’t stopping the makers of "fidget spinners" from marketing them to parents worried about focus – and especially to parents of children with ADHD or other conditions.

May 16, 2017

The Dangers of Caffeine

Exposure to high and even deadly levels of caffeine is more common – and happens more easily – than you may expect.

May 15, 2017

Stop the Bleed

Very few people enjoy the sight of blood. But even if you can’t stomach it, you should know how to handle bleeding when it occurs.

May 15, 2017

5 Essential Exams for Women

For women there are five exams that are key to maintaining good health and detecting problems in their earliest stages.

May 15, 2017

Get Ready to Run

Your step by step guide for training for a 5k.

May 12, 2017

Women Are Amazing

Did you know that women are at higher risk for a variety of eye diseases?

May 09, 2017

Debunking Mammogram Myths

When it comes to women's health there is a lot of misinformation out there.

May 09, 2017

Gestational Diabetes: The Overlooked Form of Diabetes

Did you know you could have diabetes and not realize it?

May 08, 2017

Can Exercise Cause Preterm Labor?

Many pregnant women worry about exercise and preterm labor. They shouldn’t. Exercise does not increase the risk of preterm birth. For some women, it may even decrease the risk.

May 02, 2017

Why Am I Sweating So Much?

Everyone sweats. But why do some sweat more than others?

Apr 28, 2017

Signs Your Child May Be Autistic

Not every child on the autism spectrum will display the same behaviors.

Apr 26, 2017

10 Celebrities Who Struggle With Mental Health

Their stories and their courage to talk frankly about their conditions build healthy awareness of current treatments and the importance of loving support.

Apr 25, 2017

Six Things You Should Do To Protect Your Eyes

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your quality of life is to protect those precious orbs with professional care and simple, every-day habits.

Apr 24, 2017

You Will Pay for Distracted Driving

The Trauma team at University of Utah Health is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reach all drivers with an important warning: U Drive, U Text, U Pay.

Apr 24, 2017

Understanding the Autistic Spectrum

If you were to stand in front of a panel of young people, could you recognize the autistic child?

Apr 20, 2017

Helping Kids Through Grief

The death of someone close during childhood can haunt a child throughout their lives. However, it doesn’t have to if children are allowed to go through the grieving process in their own time and in their own way.

Apr 12, 2017

Do You Need a Prostate Cancer Screening?

Some say yes, and some say no. Why the differing opinions?

Apr 11, 2017

Add Eggs to the Menu!

Eggs have gotten some bad breaks in the past.

Apr 06, 2017

Get Ready to Race

What you do in the hours immediately before and after a race can make a big difference.

Apr 05, 2017

Recovery After the Race

The finish line is just the beginning.

Apr 03, 2017

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

Is death by bacon possible?

Mar 27, 2017

Tough Workouts? You Could Be Dehydrated

Did you know that dehydration can actually make it harder to exercise? Don't sabotage your workouts—stay hydrated.

Mar 22, 2017

March Is Eye Donor Month

What you need to know about eye donation.

Mar 22, 2017

Delirium: When You Should Be Concerned About Confusion

Everyone forgets where they put their keys or if they closed the garage door, but when do forgetfulness and confusion become a bigger problem, and how can we detect it?

Mar 21, 2017

The New Battle Against Addiction

Utah holds the dubious honor of ranking seventh in cases of opioid drug overdose

Mar 21, 2017

Your Mother's Eyes and Your Father's High Cholesterol

The Centers for Disease Control says that if you have a family health history of a chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, you are more likely to get that disease yourself.

Mar 17, 2017

Nutrition: Why It Matters When Training

Nutrition and a proper diet are as crucial as your physical training for your half or full marathon’s success.

Mar 17, 2017

Buzzed Driving is Bad Luck

We want you to be safe while celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Keep the roads safe this holiday, and please don’t drink and drive.

Mar 14, 2017

What Is a "Premarital Exam?"

Gynecologist Andrea Smith had just begun practicing medicine in Utah when a patient showed up at her clinic requesting a “premarital exam.”

Mar 14, 2017

Fatty Liver -- and Your Kids

George Michael’s death at age 53 was a shock to the world. People were shocked again when it was released earlier this week that it appeared he had died of natural causes – heart disease and fatty liver. Even more shocking than that? Your children may be suffering from one of those conditions.

Mar 13, 2017

Can Your Eyes Get a Sunburn?

Did you know that without UV-ray-blocking sunglasses, your eyes can also suffer sunburns?

Mar 13, 2017

How Is Your Heart Health?

Every day people ignore a common heart problem until it causes more serious complications.

Mar 07, 2017

Why You Should Donate Blood

When a trauma patient enters the doors of the University of Utah Hospital, blood is one of the most precious resources that our trauma team has. It saves lives.

Mar 03, 2017

Improve Your Running Form

Training for a marathon or half marathon can put a lot of strain on your body.

Mar 02, 2017

After the Baby

A new baby brings big changes, but if you are feeling emotionally not-quite-right, know when to get help.

Feb 28, 2017

Marijuana and the Teen Brain

Marijuana use is becoming more common and more accepted in society.

Feb 28, 2017

Take Care of Your Vagina

There is a lot of advice available for women when it comes to maintaining a healthy vagina.

Feb 27, 2017

What Is Inversion?

We hear the word all the time, but what does it mean?

Feb 24, 2017

Heartburn Remedies and Kidney Damage

People taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn and acid reflux may be at risk for kidney damage.

Feb 23, 2017

How to Train: The Long Run

Weekly long runs are one of the most important components of training for a half or full marathon.

Feb 17, 2017

Running in the Cold

You need to take special precautions when running in the cold.

Feb 14, 2017

Seven Reasons Why Loving Relationships Are Good For You

How loving relationships sustain us, define us, and keep us healthy.

Feb 13, 2017

Treating Mental Illness with Electroconvulsive Therapy

For patients with the crippling diagnosis of severe depression, bipolar disorder, or psychosis, ECT can be a life-changing procedure.

Feb 13, 2017

Do You Have a Loved One Living with Vision Loss? Here’s How to Help.

Americans already live with “low vision,” meaning they have trouble seeing even with their glasses or contacts.

Feb 13, 2017

Infant "Wearables" and Safety

It’s understandable when parents see a product that promises to help them monitor and care for their infant they would be interested.

Feb 09, 2017

The Truth About Twins

Nationwide, the number of twin births has been on the rise, increasing by more than 75 percent over the past 30 years.

Feb 09, 2017

Aortic Advancements: Making Surgery Smaller

The impacts of aortic valve replacement are still big – but what has gotten smaller is the procedure.

Feb 06, 2017

Paper Towel to Clean Your Glasses? No!

There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to clean your glasses.

Feb 03, 2017

Smart Super Bowl Snacks

These snacks are winning picks at any Super Bowl party.

Feb 02, 2017

Debunking Detox Diets

Detoxing has been around for a little while, but this diet fad is still going strong.

Jan 25, 2017

What Is Primary Care?

True or false: The same doctor can treat your depression, remove a suspicious mole, and help plan the timing of your next baby.

Jan 25, 2017

Yoga Benefits for Men

Yoga may not be the first exercise men think of doing it. However, they should consider it.

Jan 13, 2017

Are Fitbits Better than Low-Carb Sliced Bread? The Truth About Health Wearables

Can health wearables be helpful to health care providers?

Jan 13, 2017

Smart Race Training

Follow these five tips to keep on the course, and make it to the finish line.

Jan 12, 2017

Headphones and Your Hearing

As we fill our lives with an increasing number of devices that play music, stream video, and facilitate communication we are spending more time with headphones firmly on our ears – and this may not be a good thing.

Jan 11, 2017

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Since awareness is the first step toward prevention, here’s what you need to know about preventing and monitoring this blinding disease—actually, a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve.

Jan 09, 2017

Want to Lose Weight? Pay Attention to Body Composition

If you're like most Americans, you'll probably set a New Year's resolution to lose weight. But monitoring your body composition is a better way to get healthy.

Jan 06, 2017

Five Easy, Healthy Food Swaps To Help You Lose Weight

If this is the year to achieve your weight loss goals, these five healthy food swaps can help you make this new year happy and healthy.

Jan 05, 2017

Six Ways to Dump-Proof Your New Year’s Resolutions

Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made? How many of those resolutions are still active?

Jan 05, 2017

The Mesentery: Is It An Organ?

The mesentery is located in your abdomen and is responsible for holding your intestines in place, among other functions.

Dec 29, 2016

Dying of a Broken Heart

While grief may make a person feel they want to die—the vast majority do not.

Dec 28, 2016

Are You Suffering From Anxiety or Depression?

How do you know if it's just a series of bad days or something more serious?

Dec 21, 2016

Reasons People Call Poison Control During the Holidays

If you or a loved one has indulged in something they shouldn't, call the Poison Control hotline.

Dec 19, 2016

Want to Be Happy? Help Others

Not only does compassion decrease suffering by helping those in need, but also it can boost your bond with others. Plus, you may find that the pursuit of compassion makes you happier than the pursuit of happiness. ~ Amit Sood

Dec 19, 2016

Pitfalls of Holiday Parties

Some of the most common injuries, accidents, and medical problems that can arise during the holiday season.

Dec 14, 2016

Retinal Detachment Sidelines Vikings Coach

Could it happen to you?

Dec 14, 2016

Don’t End Up in the ER this Holiday Season

The holidays aren’t all sugar plums and presents; with the season comes a rise in visits to the emergency room.

Dec 07, 2016

Fractures, Sprains, and Strains, Oh My!

Do you know the differences between a sprain, a strain, and a fracture?

Dec 07, 2016

Alcohol and Melanoma: A New Link

New research from the American Association for Cancer Research has added melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — to the list of cancers correlated to alcohol use.

Dec 05, 2016

Can You Control Your Shopping Urges?

There are those shoppers whose impulse buys are so common that they might be teased as “shopaholics.”

Nov 29, 2016

Why Do We Have Bones?

What do you really know about bones?

Nov 28, 2016

Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

Did you know that all people with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye disease? African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults with diabetes are especially at risk.

Nov 24, 2016

Why Football Players Need Strong Bones

There is no question that football is rough sport, not for the faint of heart.

Nov 18, 2016

Avoiding Asthma Attacks in the Winter

Asthma may not be the first thing you think of when winter comes knocking, but the colder conditions can exacerbate symptoms for people with the condition.

Nov 17, 2016

Concussions: How They Can Affect You Now and Later  

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects how your brain functions. These effects can be short-term, lasting only a few hours or a couple of days, or cause long-term problems.

Nov 17, 2016

Why Do Head Injuries Bleed so Much?

A head injury is any trauma to your scalp, skull, or brain. Head injuries can range in severity from a mild bump on your head to a serious brain injury.

Nov 16, 2016

Pain Relief Through Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be effective in treating a condition more than 3 million Americans live with every day: chronic pain.

Nov 16, 2016

Coping With Anxiety

There are times in life when anxiety is hard to avoid.

Nov 11, 2016

Interacting With the Visually Impaired

What’s the proper etiquette for meeting someone who is visually impaired?

Nov 11, 2016

Debunking Old Wives Tales

They are pieces of advice we have all heard -- but how much is actually true?

Nov 08, 2016

Have We Found the Canine Fountain of Youth?

Studies are pointing to a cancer-fighting drug called Rapamycin currently used successfully in human patients that could extend the life of man’s best friend.

Oct 28, 2016

When a Mole Is Something More

“In many cases melanomas are the ugly duckling on the body. People can sometimes pick them out even from an untrained eye,” Julia Curtis, MD, assistant director of the mole mapping program at the Midvalley Health Center.

Oct 28, 2016

Pumping Iron: Safety Tips Weightlifting

As the temperature drops but before the snow falls, more and more people are hitting the gym instead of the trail. Weightlifting has multiple potential benefits – it may increase metabolism, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and reduce stress.

Oct 28, 2016

You Don't Have to Give Out Candy

Small ghouls and goblins will soon be coming to your door demanding treats. However, those treats do not have to be filled with sugar and fat. Try one of these non-candy treats that will delight the kids – and ease your mind.

Oct 27, 2016

Conversion Disorder: Mind Over Matter

For seemingly no physical reason, you find yourself paralyzed and can’t speak. It sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but such frightening symptoms can actually happen to people who have a rare condition called conversion disorder.

Oct 24, 2016

Safe Sleeping for Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending babies sleep in the same room as their parents for at least the first six months of life, and optimally up to a year, to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Oct 24, 2016

EpiPen Sticker Shock? No Problem. We’ll Make Our Own.

Concerned about both safety and the skyrocketing costs of EpiPen, University of Utah Health (UUH) nurses were already searching for solutions before the media storm hit.

Oct 21, 2016

Stay Safe on Halloween

By being safe on a dark night, your kiddos will be happier and will possibly get more candy.

Oct 20, 2016

Halloween Contact Lenses: Scarier Than They Look!

Halloween is a spooky time of year, and people go to great lengths to perfect their costumes. However, when it comes disguising your eyes with “fashion,” or “cosmetic” contact lenses the results can be downright scary.

Oct 18, 2016

You Are What You Tweet?

"Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. between mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza".

Oct 14, 2016

Handling Election Stress

As the days count down to Election Day blood pressure is rising all across the country. So, how is one to remain sane among the chaos?

Oct 12, 2016

Tips for Tooth Brushing

Help your kids develop healthy brushing habits.

Oct 12, 2016

Poison Control: Something You Never Outgrow

There is one thing we will need throughout our lives though: a Poison Control Center able to answer questions and help with concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Oct 06, 2016

Savi Scout: Making Lumpectomies Easier For Women With Breast Cancer

Having breast cancer is hard enough. But a new technology called Savi Scout is making lumpectomies easier for patients and surgeons.

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