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University of Utah study shows participants in novel drug intervention program have increased brain activation to healthy pleasures

How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. That’s the key finding in a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by Eric L. Garland, associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. Garland and colleagues studied how an intervention program for chronic pain patients called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) decreased patients’ desire for prescription drugs.

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Internationally Known Leader in Biopharmaceutical Industry, Willard H. Dere, M.D., To Lead U of U Program in Personalized Health

An internationally regarded medical researcher and leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, and former University of Utah School of Medicine faculty member and medical resident, Will H. Dere, M.D., FACP, will return to the University to lead the Program in Personalized Health beginning Nov. 1.

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University of Utah’s New Phevor Software Identifies Disease-Causing Gene Mutations in Three Undiagnosed Children

A computational tool developed at the University of Utah (U of U) has successfully identified diseases with unknown gene mutations in three separate cases, U of U researchers and their colleagues report in a new study in The American Journal of Human Genetics. The software, Phevor (Phenotype Driven Variant Ontological Re-ranking tool), identifies undiagnosed illnesses and unknown gene mutations by analyzing the exomes, or areas of DNA where proteins that code for genes are made, in individual patients and small families.

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U Grad Student Named 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Annika Pecchia-Bekkum, a 2013 graduate of the University of Utah and current graduate student, has been awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in medical science at the University of Cambridge. She is the second Gates Cambridge Scholar for the University of Utah, and the first to have completed undergraduate degrees at the U.

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University of Utah Announces Games4health Challenge

The University of Utah already has strengths in health, video game development and entrepreneurship, and a new competition for students at the U brings them all together. The Games4Health Challenge encourages students to develop prototypes of health-related video games and smartphone applications for a chance to win part of an estimated $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

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