Utah Department of Health http://kuer.org en West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos http://kuer.org/post/west-nile-virus-detected-utah-mosquitos <p></p><p>Health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitos in Utah. But so far, no human cases have been reported. &nbsp;The virus has been found in mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah counties. Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says humans who contract the virus may not necessarily develop symptoms, but it can be very serious, particularly for those with compromised immune systems.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:16 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49660 at http://kuer.org West Nile Virus Detected in Utah Mosquitos Utah Health Department Wants More Federal Money to Prevent Obesity and Injuries http://kuer.org/post/utah-health-department-wants-more-federal-money-prevent-obesity-and-injuries <p>The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) wants more money from the federal government to help prevent obesity and injury, and is seeking public input on its proposal. The UDOH is asking for 1.5 million dollars for <a href="http://health.utah.gov/phhsbg/">Preventive Health and Health Services</a>. That’s an $850,000 dollar increase over the amount Utah originally applied for this fiscal year. Currently, the block grant funds are primarily used by the state and local health departments for the prevention of obesity and injury. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:01:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48371 at http://kuer.org Fees for Vital State Records Set to Increase July 1st http://kuer.org/post/fees-vital-state-records-set-increase-july-1st <p>Fees for vital records like birth and death certificates in Utah are set to increase on July 1<sup>st</sup>. &nbsp;Approval of a House Appropriations Bill during the Legislative session earlier this year allowed the increase. Janice Houston is the State Registrar and the Director of the Utah Department of Health’s Vital Records and Statistics. She says the department is almost totally funded by fees with only some federal funding provided.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:43:08 +0000 Bob Nelson 47985 at http://kuer.org Fees for Vital State Records Set to Increase July 1st Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations http://kuer.org/post/utah-ranks-low-hpv-vaccinations <p></p><p>A vaccination known to prevent cervical cancer is still not offered at public health departments in at least five Utah counties. Meanwhile, the state is nearly dead last in the number of girls who get vaccinated.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:15:42 +0000 Whittney Evans 47902 at http://kuer.org Utah Ranks Low in HPV Vaccinations Limited Spaces Available for Utah Autism Treatment Program http://kuer.org/post/limited-spaces-available-utah-autism-treatment-program <p></p><p>A children’s autism treatment program is accepting new applicants. The Utah Department of Health’s Medicaid Autism Waiver program is <a href="http://www.health.utah.gov/autismwaiver/">open for enrollment</a>. There are 35 openings.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:55:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45887 at http://kuer.org Limited Spaces Available for Utah Autism Treatment Program Gutted E-Cigarette Bill Passes House http://kuer.org/post/gutted-e-cigarette-bill-passes-house <p>The Utah House unanimously passed a bill Friday that would put harsher penalties on stores that sell electronic cigarettes to minors, but not before passing a <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0112.html" target="_blank">substitute bill</a> that drastically changed the sponsor’s original intent.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:01:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42783 at http://kuer.org Gutted E-Cigarette Bill Passes House Study Finds No Extra Environmental Cancer Risk Near Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/study-finds-no-extra-environmental-cancer-risk-near-incinerator <p>The Utah Department of Health has completed an analysis of 35 years of cancer data in the area surrounding Stericycle’s North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator. The study shows no increased environmental cancer risk for residents in South Davis County.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:21:15 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42032 at http://kuer.org Study Finds No Extra Environmental Cancer Risk Near Incinerator Number of Gonorrhea Cases Sharply Rise in Utah http://kuer.org/post/number-gonorrhea-cases-sharply-rise-utah <p></p><p>The Utah Department of Health released data Wednesday that show a 94 percent increase in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea in the state. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials say 633 cases have been reported so far this year compared to 327 cases during the same period last year.&nbsp; Lynn </span>Meinor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is manger of the Communicable Disease Program at the Utah Department of Health. She says much of 94 percent increase is due to more women getting the disease.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:39 +0000 Terry Gildea 38174 at http://kuer.org Number of Gonorrhea Cases Sharply Rise in Utah Utah Department of Health Launches New Anti-Tobacco Campaign http://kuer.org/post/utah-department-health-launches-new-anti-tobacco-campaign <p></p><p>The Utah Department of Health has launched a new ad campaign for people who want to quit smoking. The effort focuses on people trying to kick the habit one day at a time.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:10:19 +0000 Nicole Nixon 30105 at http://kuer.org Utah Department of Health Launches New Anti-Tobacco Campaign Report Estimates Data Breach Will Cost $406 Million http://kuer.org/post/report-estimates-data-breach-will-cost-406-million <p>A new report shows that last year’s data breach of Utah health records was a costly mistake with far-reaching consequences. An <a href="https://www.javelinstrategy.com/blog/2013/04/28/financial-pain-ensues-when-custodians-of-health-fail-to-be-good-stewards-of-privacy/">independent analysis </a>by Javelin Strategy &amp; Research predicts that the total amount of fraud perpetrated could approach $406 million in costs.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:20:40 +0000 Andrea Smardon 28864 at http://kuer.org Report Estimates Data Breach Will Cost $406 Million KUER News Pod: Friday January 18, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-january-18-2013 <p>Controversy stirs around the Dixie State College name change, the Utah Department of Health once again loses Medicaid patient data, and a 92-year-old World War II veteran finally receives his war medals after waiting more than 60 years.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75489644&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:52:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23772 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday January 18, 2013 Public Pushes for Health Benefits to Be Considered in State’s Medicaid Expansion Study http://kuer.org/post/public-pushes-health-benefits-be-considered-state-s-medicaid-expansion-study <p></p><p>The Utah Department of Health has hired an outside firm to study the costs and benefits of expanding Medicaid in the state.&nbsp; The department has been gathering feedback from the public on what should be considered in the study.&nbsp;</p><p>Christina Osburn has a brain tumor and epilepsy.&nbsp; She’s been on Medicaid for more than 10 years, but she expects to lose that coverage because her income will soon exceed the threshold to qualify.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:44:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 22442 at http://kuer.org Public Pushes for Health Benefits to Be Considered in State’s Medicaid Expansion Study Whooping Cough Outbreak Worst in Decades http://kuer.org/post/whooping-cough-outbreak-worst-decades <p>The number of whooping cough cases in Utah has reached a level not seen for more than 60 years.&nbsp; The State Department of Health says there have been <a href="http://health.utah.gov/epi/diseases/pertussis/index.html">851 cases of pertussis</a> reported so far this year. &nbsp;The number of people with the bacterial disease already exceeds the total in 2006 when the last notable outbreak occurred.&nbsp; Health experts don’t know why Utah and the nation are seeing the worst outbreak of the disease in decades. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:45:07 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19201 at http://kuer.org Whooping Cough Outbreak Worst in Decades Utah's Medicaid Overhaul Challenged as Deadlines Loom http://kuer.org/post/utahs-medicaid-overhaul-challenged-deadlines-loom <p>The State Department of Health is moving forward on an overhaul of the Medicaid system despite opposition.&nbsp; Utah’s new managed care contracts are designed to save the state money and are slated to go into effect in January, but some health advocates say the proposed contracts do not ensure quality care for patients.&nbsp; And the state’s Inspector General says the contracts do not ensure proper oversight of Medicaid funds.&nbsp; KUER’s Andrea Smardon reports.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:37:38 +0000 Andrea Smardon 18089 at http://kuer.org Utah's Medicaid Overhaul Challenged as Deadlines Loom Health Officials Warn of West Nile Virus Threat http://kuer.org/post/health-officials-warn-west-nile-virus-threat <p>As West Nile virus spreads across the country, Utah health officials are advising residents to use bug repellant this holiday weekend.&nbsp; So far three cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Utah.&nbsp; Two were contracted out of state, but one was caught in Box Elder County.&nbsp;&nbsp; JoDee Baker is an epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health.&nbsp; She says West Nile has been detected in a number of mosquito pools around the state.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:37:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 17552 at http://kuer.org Health Officials Warn of West Nile Virus Threat New and Improved Survey Data Shows More Utahns Uninsured http://kuer.org/post/new-and-improved-survey-data-shows-more-utahns-uninsured <p>The Utah Department of Health released new data Wednesday estimating that more than 13 percent of the population went without health insurance last year.&nbsp; That’s about 3 percentage points higher than the previous year, but health officials say the increase is at least partly due to improved survey methods.&nbsp;</p><p>UDOH spokesperson Tom Hudachko says you can’t make a fair comparison between numbers in 2010 and 2011 because state survey methods were changed significantly.&nbsp; For example, pollsters are now calling cellphones instead of just land lines.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:41:02 +0000 Andrea Smardon 17466 at http://kuer.org New and Improved Survey Data Shows More Utahns Uninsured Doctors Say State's Asthma Plan Should Address Pollution http://kuer.org/post/doctors-say-states-asthma-plan-should-address-pollution <p>Some doctors are criticizing the state’s newly-released <a href="http://health.utah.gov/asthma/pdf_files/stateplan2012.pdf">plan</a> to help those with asthma.&nbsp; The plan advises asthmatics to avoid pollution, but the President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment Brian Moench says that’s not enough.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 17223 at http://kuer.org Doctors Say State's Asthma Plan Should Address Pollution