How to Handle a Concussion

By Anne Russo, PhD
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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and should always be taken seriously. While in the past, athletes in particular would be encouraged to “walk it off,” current research demonstrates the dangers of this practice. Here's what you SHOULD do in the event of a concussion (and how to recognize that you have one).

Traveling Long Distances Increases Your Risk of Developing a Deadly Blood Clot

By Jason M. Carlton, APR
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More people die from blood clots in the lungs than from breast cancer, prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and motor vehicle accidents combined. If you plan to travel long distances this summer, either by plane, train or car, you may be at increased risk to develop a deadly blood clot.

Would You Recognize the Signs of Medical Identity Theft?

By Intermountain Healthcare
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What if your elderly aunt started receiving medical bills from a provider she’s never seen?  If you lost your wallet, would you think to call your insurance company to report your insurance cards as lost or stolen? What if you discovered a test result in your medical record that you never had done? Would you know what to do? Would you recognize the signs of medical identity theft?

Why Research is Important to the Intermountain Healthcare Mission

By Larry Hancock
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We’re conducting approximately 600 research projects in the Urban Central Region of Intermountain Healthcare – Intermountain Medical Center, LDS Hospital, Alta View Hospital, Riverton Hospital and TOSH–The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. There’s a simple reason why those projects are important to us: Because they’re important to the community. Research helps us improve the quality of the care we offer to the people who count on us for care.

Five Common Flu Shot Myths That Are Not True

By Brandon Webb, MD
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The flu is one of the most common infections in the United State and contributes to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 17 million workdays lost each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu — but many people still have lingering doubts about the effectiveness and importance of getting an annual flu shot. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most important things we can do to help prevent the spread of this potentially life-threatening disease.

Here are five common myths about the flu vaccine: