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Autism, Health Care and Life Expectancy — What a New Study Reveals

Apr 14, 2016

A recent study shows the life expectancy for individuals with autism can be 10 to 30 years less than those without it. But why? It might have to do with inadequate health care. Scott Wright, a researcher at University of Utah and the editor of the book "Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later ...

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Does Your Child Have Autism?

Apr 4, 2016

A child who doesn’t make eye contact; doesn’t smile when others smile. A child who doesn’t say “mama” or “dada” at 15 months. These behaviors may make parents worry that their child has autism. Dr. Cindy Gellner tells us what signs to look for in your child’s development and how your...

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Mind over Matter: How Mindfulness Training Can Overcome Pain Pill Addiction

Mar 9, 2016

Opioid addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome, but a new approach may prove to help patients suffering from dependency. Through mental training, doctors are working to help patients recognize craving behaviors and experience greater pleasure in everyday experiences. Eric L. ...

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Don't Sabotage Your Valentine’s Day

Feb 11, 2016

Many women struggle with Valentine’s Day expectations: if he loved me, he’d know what I wanted; if he doesn’t do something big, he doesn’t care; surprises are more romantic. If this sounds familiar, Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones has advice on how to better approach it to set your partner up to ...

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Get Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dec 30, 2015

If you feel tired, sad or depressed in the winter months, it could be seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If it’s serious, you should Google the phone number of a local crisis line and get help immediately. In Utah, that number is 801-587-3000. If it’s not an emergency, you can try some treatment...

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Helping Your Child with Autism Transition Into Adulthood

Dec 18, 2015

There are some common things that parents of children with autism do that create a barrier to their child's transition into adulthood. Court Allred, a social worker with the Autism Clinic of Utah, sees two common patterns: parents that are doing too much and those that are doing too little. In this ...

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How Utah’s SAD Winter Affects Your Mood

Dec 16, 2015

Depression caused by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is higher in Utah and other northern latitudes. What are the unique conditions here that exacerbate the problem? We asked psychiatrist Dr. Jason Hunziker about the reasons why, key warning signs that indicate you or a loved one might be ...

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