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Under new Pac-12 initiative and funding, University of Utah researcher studies head trauma in athletes
Jul 31, 2017

Under new Pac-12 initiative and funding, University of Utah researcher studies head trauma in athletes

It was her work with the Department of Veterans Affairs that first got University of Utah researcher Deborah Yurgelun-Todd interested in studying athletes. The director of the U.'s Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory wondered what similarities existed between the wartime traumas suffered by veterans and the head injuries suffered in sports. Finding athletes willing to participate in her research, however, wasn't always easy.... Read More

May 13, 2015

Key to Mountain States' 'Suicide Belt': Thin Air? - U of U School of Medicine

The suicide rate in the American West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—is roughly 1.5 times higher than in the rest of the nation (18-plus suicides per 100,000 people compared to 12.5), earning it the morbid moniker "the Suicide Belt." Now researchers out of the University of Utah are reporting in the journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology that they think they may know why: hypobaric hypoxia, aka thin air.... Read More

Mar 26, 2015

Thin air, high altitudes cause depression in female rats. ScienceDaily. - U of U School of Medicine

Oxygen intake contributes to depression, scientists have surmised after a study shows that thin air and high altitudes causes depression in female rats. "The significance of this animal study is that it can isolate hypoxia as a distinct risk factor for depression in those living at altitude (hypobaric hypoxia) or with other chronic hypoxic conditions such as COPD, asthma or smoking, independent of other risk factors," says the lead author on the study. ... Read More



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