EDUCATION
Jul 26, 2021

Poor Air Quality and the Impact on Your Health

Hazy skies can mean lingering heat, elevated ozone air pollution, or particulate pollution related to wildfire smoke - all of which can cause potentially severe health effects. Dr. Cheryl Pirozzi discusses these possible health effects and how to protect yourself in this Health Feed Blog post.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jul 26, 2021

David Young, PharmD, Awarded Mary M. Kontos Care Champion Award

Congratulations to David Young, PharmD, for winning this year's Mary M. Kontos Care Champion Award! This award is given by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation each year to a member of a care team in recognition of distinct dedication to their work, passion for excellence, and a commitment to care and advocacy for individuals with cystic fibrosis.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 08, 2021

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - June 2021

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Jessica Francis, a research coordinator from the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Apr 23, 2021

U of U's Post-COVID Clinic making progress

The post-COVID clinic that is being set up at the University of Utah Hospital, is designed to help treat patients experiencing long-term effects from COVID-19 as well as to aid in better understanding why such effects occur. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Apr 23, 2021

Don't Forget COVID-19 Long-haulers: 'This isn't going to just go away'

While much of the world beginning to move on from COVID-19, the COVID long-haulers are unable to escape from the reality of COVID-19 and the effects it has had on their lives. The good news is, Drs at the University of Utah along with many others are beginning to take steps to research why these symptoms linger and to open clinics to treat them.... Read More

EDUCATION
Feb 18, 2021

The Curbsiders Podcast - Sarcoidosis

In this podcast, Drs. Mary Scholand, MD and Jonathan Boltax, MD from the Division of Pulmonary discuss the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of Sarcoidosis. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 09, 2020

In Focus: COVID-19 Long Haulers Research

Many people who contracted COVID-19 are still experiencing symptoms weeks or months later. Researchers at the University of Utah are teaming up with some of these 'long-haulers' to raise awareness and money for research to help better understand what is causing these symptoms. Dr, John Inadomi, MD, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the U of U Health and Dr. Jeanette Brown, MD, PhD, Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine discuss in this article the options available for post COVID care as well as the critical need for the communities help to collect the data needed for research about COVID's long term effects. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Nov 19, 2020

‘No One Is Listening to Us’

The third Coronavirus surge is taking it's toll on hospitals and healthcare workers across the nation. Dr. Nathan Hatton, MD, Pulmonary Specialist for the U of U Health discusses the situation he is currently seeing in his own hospital and how it is affecting him and other doctors like him. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Nov 18, 2020

'They feel so isolated and they're scared': Utah's doctors and nurses carry heavy burden of COVID-19 surge

The surge in COVID-19 Cases in Utah is leaving doctors and nurses isolated and exhausted. Dr. Elizabeth Middleton, MD, Assistant Professor at the U of U Health expresses her frustration that the precautions are not being taken seriously and that unsuspecting patients, doctors and nurses are taking the brunt of those choices. She expresses her concerns for her patients and the struggles that doctors and nurses alike are facing right now in caring for patients. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 19, 2020

Research Shows School Absences Rise with Air Pollution

An interdisciplinary team, including Drs. Cheryl Pirozzi (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary) and Robert Paine (Professor & Chief, Pulmonary), examined three years of absence data from 36 schools, finding that increasing air pollution may lead to more school absences.... Read More

COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke
EDUCATION
Sep 03, 2020

COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke

The hot, dry weather of the west provides the ideal climate for wildfires. Smoke from these fires can increase the risk of a COVID-19 infection. Particles caused by wildfire smoke can cause irritation in the lungs, making our immune systems more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses, especially in people with preexisting respiratory conditions. This irritation weakens the immune system making it easier for COVID-19 infection complications. Dr. Cheryl Pirozzi, MD, talks about the dangers of wildfire smoke and the precautions that should be taken to protect yourself. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Aug 24, 2020

Do Masks That Protect Against COVID-19 Also Protect Against Air Pollution? The Answer is Complicated

As Utah's air quality grew worse over the weekend, it became a common topic of conversation. One question many people are asking is, if the masks we are wearing to protect us from COVID-19 also protect us from the air pollution? The answer is complicated. Dr. Denitza Blagev, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the U of U Health addresses the effectiveness of different masks in protecting from air pollution. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Aug 04, 2020

Fighting the Coronavirus, from New York to Utah

When New York was experiencing the worst of its COVID-19 surge earlier this year, Drs. Scott Aberegg (Associate Professor, Pulmonary), Tony Edwards (Fellow, Pulmonary), and Edwards’ wife, Ashley, an ICU nurse, volunteers to work on COVID-19 units at overwhelmed New York hospitals. They witnessed the virus’ destruction firsthand, and many months later have found themselves in a similar situation in Utah. Featuring commentary from Dr. Lindsay Keegan (Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology).... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 29, 2020

Vaping-related Lung Injuries Harder to Diagnose Amid COVID-19

E-VALI, a vaping related lung issue is on the rise. However, COVID-19 has made it harder to diagnose E-VALI because it shares many of the same symptoms as the disease, including shortness of breath, cough, fever and chills. Dr. Denitza Blagev, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary at the U of U health, explains why it can be difficult to diagnose patients with E-VALI due to COVID-19 similarities. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 22, 2020

Inside One Utah Man's Harrowing Battle with COVID-19

Utah dad Justin Christensen was 42, healthy, and athletic when COVID-19 took him to the brink. Thankfully, a team of University of Utah nurses, doctors, including Dr. Nathan Hatton (Associate Professor, Pulmonary) and many others were able to provide the care necessary to heal him and reunite him with his family and loved ones. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 15, 2020

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - June 2020

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Joseph Martinez from the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Jun 02, 2020

Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Coronavirus?

Research suggests obesity may cause several problems for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 - assisted ventilation is difficult, and being overweight obstructs breathing and natural ventilation. Featuring Dr. Jeanette Brown (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary) who treated obese COVID-19 patients at the University of Utah Hospital. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 30, 2019

Illicit 'Pot' Oil Culprit in Vaping Disease?

No single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with the deadly vaping illness in the United States, but recent research suggest the oil found in THC vaping cartridges may be the cause. ... Read More

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