University of Utah Health Sciences

Health Care
9:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

U Apologizes to Family for Sperm Mix-Up

Thomas Lippert, pictured in 1998, allegedly swapped his sperm sample with a customer's sample at the fertility clinic where he worked.
Credit Salt Lake County

The University of Utah announced Thursday the findings of an investigation into allegations of sperm donation tampering by a former lab employee. Texas couple John and Pamela Branum prompted the investigation after learning that their daughter is the offspring of Thomas Lippert, an employee at the University of Utah lab where the family received a sperm donation in 1991.  

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9:55 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Plans for New Huntsman Cancer Research Center Announced

Rendering sketch for The Primary Children's & Families' Cancer Research Center
Huntsman Cancer Institute

The Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is about to double its research space. On Friday, philanthropist and cancer survivor Jon Huntsman Senior announced plans for a new research building on campus focused on children and the genetics of cancer.

Jon Huntsman Senior watched his mother die of breast cancer, his father of prostate cancer, and his step-mother of ovarian cancer. Huntsman himself has fought four separate battles with cancer. His goal is to find a cure before his children and grandchildren have to go through the same thing. 

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5:42 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Utah Hospitals Reconsider Medical Waste Disposal

Amid public concern about air pollution generated by Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator, two major hospital systems in Utah say they are reconsidering their processes for disposing of medical waste. Officials from University of Utah Health Sciences and Intermountain Healthcare say they are exploring their options, but are continuing to use Stericycle’s incinerator for the time being.

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4:55 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Robotic Legs Come to Utah

Andrea Smardon

A University of Utah Rehabilitation Center now has the ability to help paralyzed patients walk again.  A clinic in Sugar House is the first in the Intermountain West to obtain a robotic exoskeleton known as ReWalk.

He’s not exactly Iron Man, but when you see Stephen Wilson moving around in a ReWalk exoskeleton, it does feel like you’re watching something out of a sci-fi movie.  

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4:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

U Study Finds Taking Unnecessary Antibiotics may do More Harm than Good

Researchers at the University of Utah have found that doctors are prescribing antibiotics when people don’t really need them, a practice that may cause long-term problems.

Researchers say that when patients take antibiotics, the “good” bacteria living in the body is killed, which can cause side effects like rashes and diarrhea. Andrew Pavia, a professor of pediatrics at the U. who contributed to the study, says that’s only one consequence.

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4:54 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

U Research: Surgical Anesthetic Appears to Treat Drug-Resistant Depression

Researchers at the University of Utah are exploring an alternative therapy for treating severe depression.  A pilot study suggests that the anesthetic gas isoflurane commonly used during surgery could be used as an antidepressant. 

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4:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Sequestration Threatens University of Utah Health Research

Cardiologist Dean Li in his lab on the University of Utah campus
Andrea Smardon

The University of Utah expects to lose 19 million dollars of its medical research budget as a result of sequestration. KUER looks at how that loss will impact the research, industry, and health of the state. 

In the Genetics building, on the wall of cardiologist Dean Li’s lab is a map of North and South Korea. He uses it as inspiration for a pair of graduate students. North Korea, in this case, represents cancer. 

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