White House Invites Intermountain Healthcare to Precision Medicine Summit

By Intermountain Healthcare
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Intermountain Leaders to Meet with President Obama in Washington D.C. on Thursday and Vice President Biden on Friday in Salt Lake City for Cancer Discussions

Intermountain Healthcare has been invited this Thursday, February 25, to the White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit. The event, which includes an address by President Barack Obama, will bring together a small group of leaders from the federal government, private sector, academia, research organizations, and health provider organizations such as Intermountain.  The initiative’s goal is to transform the way health is improved and disease is treated.

Precision medicine is an innovative approach that takes individual differences in genetics, environments, and lifestyles and gives medical professionals the resources to specifically identify treatments and target illnesses of each patient.

Intermountain will be represented at the White House Summit by Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD, executive director of Intermountain Precision Genomics, which focuses on the treatment of cancer.

The summit will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Men, Women & Matters of the Heart

By Intermountain Healthcare
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A quick look at statistics makes it seem as though heart disease (including coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke) is a far more serious problem for men than women. But that’s not quite true. Overall, men are more likely to get heart disease at a younger age and more men die of heart disease than women – but women with heart disease tend to be sicker. A woman’s unique vulnerability to heart disease is the focus of many new research studies.

Kindergarten Registration Begins Soon, Are Your Kids Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

By Tamara Sheffield, MD
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It may seem like fall is a long way off, but most Utah school districts start kindergarten registration in February. For parents, this means collecting birth certificates and other important information, including vaccination records.

In Utah, children are required by law to be protected against certain childhood illnesses through immunization.  This not only protects the child, but helps to create a “wall of immunity” among those that can’t be vaccinated. If there are enough people that are protected against a disease due to vaccination, it means that a disease has a very hard time getting a start in a community. It is kind of like keeping surfaces in your home clean – if there is nowhere for disease to grow and thrive, it will die off when it has no place to go.

5 Ways to Get More Sleep

By Brad Gillman
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Sleeping problems are frustrating and can have a negative effect on your mind and your body. Research shows that a lack of sleep can contribute to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and risk for strokes. It’s important to rest your body and mind. To see the daily recommendations or learn more about the importance of sleep, visit the Intermountain LiVe Well site.