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    How can we help patients have a good death?
    Research, Education
    Nov 03, 2016

    How can we help patients have a good death?

    education, learning

    When Joan Sheetz, M.D., and Anna C. Beck, M.D., met during their work at Salt Lake City’s Fourth Street Clinic for the homeless, they were able to recognize a shared interest in the humanistic side of medicine—the ability to look beyond the illness or injury to the person behind the problem. ... Read More

    Should medical board exams be open book?
    Education
    Nov 02, 2016

    Should medical board exams be open book?

    education

    "The problem with medical school is the Krebs Cycle." This is a common refrain from physicians. More precisely, the problem is rote memorization of the Krebs cycle, other metabolic pathways and seemingly useless facts. ... Read More

    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment
    Clinical, Research, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 31, 2016

    Telephones: Simple technology can improve cancer treatment

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    People use phones for just about everything these days—reading emails, checking the weather, or catching up on news. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) want to add extended patient care to that list. They’re testing a telehealth system called “Symptom Care at Home” to help keep patients as healthy as possible during cancer treatment. Kathi Mooney, PhD, co-leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at HCI, says the idea behind the program is that cancer patients’ symptoms don’t happen only while they are at the doctor’s office. Dr. Mooney has spent 15 years trying to improve patient care through a relatively simple technology—the telephone.... Read More

    Research
    Oct 27, 2016

    Is More, Better? Finding the Balance Between Nutritional Supplements and Eye Health

    eye health

    In the past decade, ophthalmologists have been prescribing nutritional supplements to be taken daily to prevent or slow vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Now, using nutritional supplements for eye health has become more common. But does increasing the recommended dose increase your protection? A case report appearing online in JAMA Ophthalmology from the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah reveals what can happen when a patient takes more of a supplement than their body needs. ... Read More

    Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
     Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer
    Health Care Transformation, Education, Research, Clinical
    Oct 27, 2016

    Promise of Better Targeted Treatments Now Possible in Children’s Brain Cancer

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    SALT LAKE CITY—More than 4,000 children and teens are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and the disease kills more children than any other cancer. Writing this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah report they have identified an existing group of drugs that appear to reduce or eliminate a certain subgroup of childhood brain cancers while sparing normal brain tissue. The research was conducted using a new zebrafish animal model system developed by the researchers, which closely resembles an aggressive subtype of pediatric brain tumors.... Read More

    Oncological Sciences
    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy
    Research, Clinical, Education, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 24, 2016

    Minimizing the side effects of cancer therapy

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    It's a familiar struggle to anyone dealing with cancer; the treatments that get rid of the disease can also have serious side effects. Doctors at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) are working to reduce the negative effects of cancer treatment by pinpointing radiation therapy within a millimeter of where the cancer resides. Karen Curtis has a family history of cancer. The disease took the lives of her mother and sister. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last February, she assumed she didn't have much time to live. "The first time I found out I didn't cry, I didn't have any emotions about it," she says. "But, then you start going through it and you start losing your hair, and you start losing everything, it's like you're losing your dignity." ... Read More

    Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 19, 2016

    Guest Opinion: Huntsman Cancer Institute & Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Working Together To Advance Cancer ‘Moonshot

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    Earlier this year, a national “moonshot” to defeat cancer was announced at the State of the Union. I was gratified to see rural cancer care issues included in this conversation. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has long emphasized working to ensure that individuals who live in rural areas can access cancer screening, treatment, and prevention resources. This is challenging work, but thanks to commitment from other high-quality health care organizations, we are improving cancer care in rural communities.... Read More

    “That pizza was #delish!” What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?
    Research
    Oct 17, 2016

    “That pizza was #delish!” What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?

    health

    "Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. from mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". Besides hinting at which foods are popular, VPCAT scholar Quynh Nguyen, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Health, and colleagues, are finding that tweets may reveal something about our health. A study published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance reports that communities that tweeted more often about physical activities, or expressed positive sentiments about healthy foods, had better overall health.... Read More

    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments
    Education, Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 17, 2016

    HCI researchers work to improve childhood cancer treatments

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    Lilli Hartvigsen remembers the moment her three-year-old son Ethan was diagnosed with cancer. “On November 7th, three weeks after he had an MRI, they told us it was lymphoma,” she says. It began as a limp and quickly became a parent’s worst nightmare. “They actually did a bone scan, and it was all over his bones,” Lilli explains, “Stage 4 cancer. It was terrible.” ... Read More

    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent
    Research, Education, Health Care Transformation, Clinical
    Oct 17, 2016

    Utah caregivers, patients hope new 3-D tech can make breast cancer easier to catch, prevent

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    Cindy Shepherd hasn't missed a yearly mammogram since her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer about 16 years ago. Shepherd didn't need a reminder to keep that appointment after watching her sister go through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. But she got one anyway five years ago when her mother, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, the disease so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy. In Utah, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer death: In 2012, there were 115.5 cases of breast cancer and 20.5 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women, according to the state Department of Health.... Read More

    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later
    Research, Education, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 13, 2016

    Born Rich or Poor? Where You Begin Life Affects Cancer Risk Later

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    SALT LAKE CITY—Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced today the results of a study that found that circumstances in childhood, such as parental occupation at birth and neighborhood income, may be associated with different risks of certain cancers later in life. HCI researchers and collaborators at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Temple University Health System in Philadelphia analyzed cancer risk and socioeconomic status (SES) of Baby Boomers (for this study, those born during 1945 – 1959,) in two Utah counties. ... Read More

    Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure
    Oct 12, 2016

    Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure

    genome engineering

    A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients. For the first time, they have corrected the mutation in a proportion of stem cells that is high enough to produce a substantial benefit in sickle cell patients.... Read More

    Biochemistry
    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
    Education, Clinical, Research, Health Care Transformation
    Oct 11, 2016

    6 Tips to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

    Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) know it's important for all community members to understand breast cancer, screenings and prevention. Today they share the top things you can do to help lower your rise of breast cancer.... Read More