Steroids Not Effective in Treating Childhood Lower Respiratory Infections

The use of steroid medication to treat bronchiolitis — a common viral lower respiratory infection in infants — does not prevent hospitalization or improve their respiratory symptoms, according to a study published in the July 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The findings by the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) resolve controversy from prior research and are expected to help guide treatment for the most common cause of infant hospitalization. Read More

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A new targeted drug delivery method uses ultrasound to image tumors, while also releasing the drug from “nanobubbles” into the tumor. Cancer drugs can be targeted to tumors by delivering them in packets of nanoparticles, then releasing them with ultrasound. But this approach can be difficult because it requires a way to image the tumor prior to treatment. Read More

Utah College of Law Lands Esteemed International Scholars

The S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah has just made a series of six extraordinary faculty appointments. “With expertise ranging from Middle Eastern and Islamic law to counterterrorism, from the law of water and energy to climate change, from transnational litigation and business transactions to bankruptcy law, these appointments enhance our outstanding faculty, heighten our ability to contribute to critical issues, and enrich our engaging, innovative curriculum and student programs,” announced Dean and Professor of Law, Hiram Chodosh. Read More

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Early Fire Risk in the Santa Monicas

Researchers at the University of Utah and elsewhere have developed a new way to predict when vegetation dries to the point it is most vulnerable to large-scale fires in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles. And this year\’s forecast says the highest-risk fire period will begin July 13 – weeks earlier than usual. Read More