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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.

Jul 15, 2021

Poor Air Quality and the Impact on Your Health

Hazy skies during the summer months should be as concerning as they look. The lingering hue could be heat, elevated ozone air pollution, or particulate pollution related to wildfire smoke, which can cause potentially severe health effects.

Jul 15, 2021

Eyes Irritated by Summer Smoke? Here’s What to Do

Smoke from summer wildfires raging throughout the west can travel hundreds of miles. And with it comes invisible micron-size particles that wreak havoc on our health and float in the atmosphere long after the smoke has cleared. Here are some tips to help you deal with the smoke.

Jul 12, 2021

Tres preguntas sobre las vacunas y los nuevos brotes Covid-19

Los nuevos brotes de Covid-19 en nuestra comunidad han causado gran preocupación, pero la llegada de la vacuna nos da esperanza de que próximamente podremos controlar esta terrible infección. El doctor Carlos Gomez, MD, de la División de Enfermedades Infecciosas de University of Utah Health contesta algunas de nuestras inquietudes.

Jul 12, 2021

Entendiendo las variantes de COVID-19

Están surgiendo diferentes formas de variantes de COVID-19. Aunque suene alarmante, los virus a menudo cambian por mutación. Mientras los científicos trabajan para conocer más sobre estas cepas o variantes, y cómo pueden afectar a los Estados Unidos, Stephen Goldstein, investigador asociado postdoctoral en el departamento de genética humana de la Universidad de Utah, compartió información sobre lo que se sabe actualmente.

Jul 12, 2021

Understanding COVID-19 Variants

Different versions, or variants, of the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) are emerging around the world. Although it sounds alarming, viruses always change via mutation. As scientists work to learn more about these variants and how they may impact the United States, Stephen Goldstein, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Human Genetics at University of Utah, shared information about what is currently known.

Jul 07, 2021

Why Does the LGBTQIA+ Community Suffer from Poor Mental Health at Higher Rates?

Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity, but people who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community are at higher mental health risk compared to others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), "LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to experience a mental health condition". Many factors aside, this is because many people identifying as LGBTQIA+ face discrimination, family rejection, harassment, and fear of violence.

The Scope

Sideshow: Scot Swallows a Crown

Sep 14, 2021

Dental crowns are notoriously expensive and a hassle to have installed. Say one were to fall out and you accidentally swallowed it, what would you do? Scot, Troy, and Mitch brainstorm foreign object retrieval methods and learn when you should go to the ER if you swallow something you shouldn’t.

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E23: 7 Domains of Vaccination

Sep 14, 2021

As a society, we have seen many health crises—smallpox, measles, polio, influenza, and most recently, COVID-19. With viruses and diseases also come vaccinations. But with how much we know, there is still so much we don't know about our immune system. How do vaccines work to protect us against viruses? Where do viruses come from in the first place? Can vaccines weaken our immune system? It's hard to get rid of bad information when you don't have the knowledge needed to make the best decision. Dr. Kirtly Jones discusses the risk-benefit ratio of vaccines as she explores the history of vaccination.

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What to Expect When Your Son Reaches Puberty

Sep 12, 2021

As a boy begins to mature, their body and mind go through a lot of changes. It can be tough not only for kids but for their parents too. From growth spurts - and the appetites to match - to strange smells to general moodiness, Dr. Cindy Gellner shares her expertise to prepare parents for raising a boy going through puberty.

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The COVID Vaccine is Safe During Pregnancy

Sep 9, 2021

During pregnancy, your top priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. We know the dangers of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. But is the vaccine safe for you and your developing child? Dr. Kirtly Jones shares the latest research about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women—and women trying to become pregnant—and takes a hard look at the most common misconceptions surrounding the topic.

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