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The Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation is committed to improving the quality of healthcare throughout the world. One way we do this is by funding medical research projects. Our research helps improve patient care, reduce medical costs and save lives.

Examples of our current research include:

Detecting blood clots in pregnant women

► Some women can develop blood clots in their legs when they are pregnant. The blood clots can travel from the legs to the lungs, where they may be fatal to both the mother and the unborn baby. Early diagnosis and treatment of these blood clots is very important. Our researchers are studying the use of a specialized type of ultrasound (medical imaging using sound waves) to detect blood clots in pregnant women.

How fasting might keep you healthier

► Scientists at Intermountain Medical Center are trying to determine if missing a meal now and then is good for you. Early research has shown that some people who fast have lower rates of heart disease and diabetes. Researchers hope to learn who could benefit from regular fasting and how fasting might help keep them healthier.

Taking blood samples from the placenta instead of the baby after birth

► The newborn intensive care unit takes care of babies that are born too early and are too sick to go home. These babies often require blood draws so that caregivers can determine the baby’s health. A group of our researchers are testing a new tool they have developed that will remove blood from the placenta when the baby is born. The blood taken from the placenta may be used instead of taking blood from the baby every time a blood test is needed.

Monitoring how well the heart works at “high altitude”

► Researchers will use the hypobaric chamber at Intermountain Medical Center to simulate high altitude conditions. Volunteers will then be asked to sleep overnight in the chamber. During the night, the volunteers will be monitored to see how well their hearts work and how well they can sleep at “high altitude.”