Health Archive

Salt Lake County Urges Residents to “Commit To Be Fit”

Salt Lake County has unveiled a new challenge for residents and their elected officials alike. It’s called “Commit To Be Fit,” a

State Pleas for Approval of Medicaid Reform Waiver

Governor Gary Herbert and state lawmakers made one more plea to the federal government today to grant Utah a federal waiver for

Herbert, Barbour Call on Feds to Let States Reform Medicaid

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch convened a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee at the Utah Capitol Thursday, where the message he and

Walk for Children’s Cancer Boosts Research Money Hit by Recession

More children are being diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, including right here in Utah. Saturday, for the first

U of U Professor Helps Find “America’s Best Diet”

A faculty member at the University of Utah took part in a new diet ranking from U.S. News and World Report. Nutrition

Researchers Find Genetic Link to Heart Disease in Pregnant Woman

Intermountain Medical Center researchers are getting closer to understanding why some women suffer heart failure in the final weeks of pregnancy or

AG Mark Shurtleff and Family Talk About Life After Cancer

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff had extra reason to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday: just six months after beginning treatment for colon

Dental Access for Kids Could be Burdened by Medicaid Reforms

Many Utah kids who are on Medicaid aren’t receiving the most basic dental care, even though it’s a federal requirement. Utah dentists

Bed Bugs Moving Into Utah at Rapid Rate

The number of unwanted guests crawling their way into Utah beds is reaching exponential numbers, according to the Salt Lake Valley Health

State Seeks Public Input on Federal Waiver For Medicaid Reform

The Utah Department of Health is seeking public input on a federal waiver request the state drafted earlier this month, which is

Too Few Kids Particating in Summer Meal Programs, Study Shows

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, says a new report, and many low-income kids in the state know that too well as school

New State Office Takes a Broad Look at Health Disparities

The Utah Department of Health is putting a spotlight on health disparities in geography and income, in addition to its current focus

Public Hookah Smoking Could Come to an End in Utah

Utah’s tobacco laws could be getting stricter. The Utah Department of Health is changing the Indoor Clean Air Act to clarify which

OptumHealth to Manage County Mental Health Services Come July

Minnesota-based OptumHealth will take over the management of Salt Lake County’s publicly funded mental health services beginning July 1st. The for-profit company

Campaign Urges Residents to Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

As AIDS turns 30 years old, infection numbers continue to climb in Utah and throughout the country. June 5th marks the day

Where Should Dogs be Allowed?

Many consider them to be mans best friend, but just how meshed into society should dogs really be? Many stores in Utah,

Matheson Bill Takes on Pet Medication Costs

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson says he wants to make it cheaper for Utahns to care for their pets. This morning, he discussed

Oil Spill Effects Still Felt Near Red Butte Creek

Salt Lake City residents who live near Red Butte Creek say they still feel the effects of the Chevron oil spill last

AIDS Drug Assistance Program Closed to New Clients

Low-income Utahns suffering from HIV and AIDS will now have to find a new way to get their medication. Recently, the state

Local Businesses Pledge to Offer Free Tap Water

Salt Lake City businesses are pledging to offer free tap water to the public in an effort to cut down on disposable

Autism Cases Double From 2002 to 2008

The prevalence of autism in Utah doubled from 2002 to 2008, according to a new study released by the University of Utah.

Politics Up Close: Kennecott, Air Quality & the Environment

When you talk about air quality in Utah, the conversation usually turns to Kennecott Utah Copper, the second largest copper producer in

Local Health Centers Receive $500,000 Boost

Some of Utah’s most relied-upon clinics for the low income aren’t sure what’s ahead when it comes to their funding, with Congress

Workers at Same Office Become Ill — Just a Coincidence?

At least nine people who worked at the Utah National Guard’s Joint Language Training Center in Ogden have fallen ill or died

Event Attendees Could be Exposed to Measles Virus

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department and the Utah Department of Health are urging anyone who attended two specific events to be

Health Dept. Warns of Measles Exposure at Two Events

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department says people at two recent events may have come in contact with someone infected with the

Freedom of Conscience Amendments Cause Little Stir

A recent expansion of Utah’s freedom of conscience law re-enforces a physician’s right, and now, a medical facility’s right, to deny an

Politics Up Close: Planned Parenthood Responds to Criticism

Planned Parenthood is no stranger to scrutiny from politicians. But Republicans in Congress have sparked a fierce battle over federal funding for

Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Salt Lake County

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has four confirmed cases and six suspected cases of measles in the county, keeping many Granite

Politics Up Close: Medicaid Reform in Utah

While most Utahns will likely remember open records or immigration as the key issues of this year’s session of the Utah legislature,