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U of U-Sponsored SACNAS Explores Health Disparities in the Hispanic Community

October 23, 2017

During a session titled Health Disparities in Disease at the 2017 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Salt Lake City, three researchers tackled how disease affects the Hispanic community.... Read more

Case Study Reports Details of Mysterious Utah Zika-Related Death

September 28, 2016

Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine and ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City unravel the mystery behind a rare Zika-related death in an adult, and unconventional transmission to a second patient in a correspondence published online on September 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Details point to an unusually high concentration of virus in the first patient’s blood as being responsible for his death. The phenomenon may also explain how the second patient may have contracted the virus through casual contact with the primary patient, the first such documented case. ... Read more

10 Facts you Need to Know About Zika Virus

June 14, 2016

Do you actually know what Zika virus is? Or why it's so dangerous? ... Read more

Worries About an Antibiotic Resistant "Superbug"

June 03, 2016

A type of bacteria first identified in Chinese pigs now is causing concern in the U.S. due to its resistance to an antibiotic currently seen as a last-ditch effort.... Read more

You May Have Hepatitis C and Not Know It

May 06, 2016

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver. It kills thousands of people each year. It doesn't have to. ... Read more

Zika Link to Birth Defects Confirmed: What's Next?

April 14, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the Zika virus can cause birth defects. ... Read more

Hidden in Plain Sight: Well-Known Drug Could Yield New Treatment for Herpes Viruses

March 14, 2016

University of Utah School of Medicine researchers have unexpectedly found that a drug that has been used for the past 50 years to treat heart failure and high blood pressure also inhibits infection by the Epstein Barr virus, which causes mono and is associated with several cancers. The finding has broad implications: with modification, the drug could be used to treat other illness caused by this class of virus including shingles, mono, and herpes. ... Read more

University of Utah Infectious Disease Expert to Lead U.S. Olympic Committee Infectious Disease Advisory Group

March 04, 2016

The United States Olympic Committee today announced the formation of an Infectious Disease Advisory Group to be chaired by Carrie L. Byington, M.D., professor of pediatrics and infectious disease specialist at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Byington will be joined on the advisory group by Randy Taplitz, M.D., from the University of California, San Diego, and Capt. Martin S. Cetron, M.D., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read more

Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

March 03, 2016

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. A new study published in Science by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that evolution has repurposed some of these viral remains into weapons against its own kind. They find that bits of viral DNA embedded in our genome are regulating genes that are integral to our innate immune system.... Read more

Zika and Guillain-Barre

March 02, 2016

New research links Zika infection with Gullian-Barre syndrome. ... Read more

Zika Virus and Sexual Transmission: The Facts

February 03, 2016

More and more is coming to light about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now confirmed that a case of Zika was sexually transmitted to a person in Texas. However, while this enhances what we know about transmission of the illness, it doesn’t change what we know about its severity. ... Read more

The Super Bowl and The Flu

February 02, 2016

The flu season is heating up just in time for the Super Bowl. That’s not good news for fans of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. A new study suggests there may be an increased risk of flu deaths for fans of teams that make it to the Super Bowl. ... Read more

The Real Risks of Zika Virus

January 27, 2016

Tiny mosquitoes are causing big problems -- and making big headlines -- in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Zika virus is causing panic due to a possible link to birth defects in the babies of mothers who contracted the illness during pregnancy. However, very little is yet known about it. ... Read more

Charlie Sheen Admits He is HIV Positive

November 17, 2015

Charlie Sheen is one of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. ... Read more

The Threat of MRSA in Sports

October 13, 2015

NFL players know there is a possibility they can get hurt when they step on to the field. Giants player Daniel Fells learned there are dangers lurking in the locker room as well. ... Read more

Viruses Thrive In Big Families, In Sickness and In Health

August 04, 2015

A study led by the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that every child puts a household at increased risk for viral infections. Childless households had infections during 3-4 weeks of the year, while families with six children were infected for 45 weeks. But only half who tested positive reported feeling ill. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the results can help families and health care providers know when illness should be cause for concern.... Read more

Coordinated Effort Critical for Stopping Spread of Hospital-Acquired Infections

August 04, 2015

U-developed math model helps CDC identify strategy to greatly reduce the number of cases of antibiotic-resistant bugs ... Read more

Study Highlights Burden of Pneumonia Hospitalizations Among US Adults

July 14, 2015

When U.S. adults are hospitalized with pneumonia, viruses are more often to blame than bacteria. However, despite current diagnostic tests, neither viruses nor bacteria are detected in the majority of these patients according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... Read more

The Facts About Anthrax

May 27, 2015

The mention of anthrax causes instant panic. Reports out this week that the U.S. military inadvertently sent samples of live anthrax out to nine locations around the globe has people asking if a global health crisis is looming. ... Read more

Gonorrhea Cases Surging in Utah

April 21, 2015

The sexually transmitted disease is skyrocketing in the state, particularly among women who may not show any symptoms.... Read more

Listeria Outbreak Raises Concerns

January 05, 2015

People wanting a sweet treat instead got a nasty food borne illness. More than 30 people in the U.S. have contracted listeriosis, believed to have come from caramel apples made by at least three different companies. ... Read more

Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen

December 11, 2014

Examination of DNA from 21 primate species - from squirrel monkeys to humans - exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by experimental evidence, these findings, published in Science on Dec. 12, demonstrate the vital importance of an underappreciated defense mechanism, nutritional immunity. ... Read more

West Nile is Back

August 25, 2014

West Nile is back in Utah. What you need to know. ... Read more

Could Ebola Go Global?

August 01, 2014

What will stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa? ... Read more

Essentials for Traveling Abroad

June 24, 2014

Planning a trip abroad? First plan a visit to University of Utah Health Care's International Travel Clinic. Sankar Swaminathan, M.D., explains when you need to get your immunizations and how to reduce your odds of getting sick during and after your trip.... Read more

Emerging Infections in Children

May 05, 2014

Emerging infections are inevitable, but will hospitals and health professionals be able to keep up and identify them before they harm our most vulnerable population?... Read more

Could the Ohio State Mumps Outbreak Happen in Utah?

April 03, 2014

Ohio health officials are still battling an outbreak of mumps, and the virus may be tied with two cases of deafness, according to news reports. ... Read more

Talk Show Stirs Up Fears of Cancer-Preventing Vaccine

January 08, 2014

Cindy Gellner, M.D., weighs in on the national conversation around the cancer preventing HPV vaccine. ... Read more