Six Ways to Eat Superfoods

By Brad Gillman
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We see dietary tips about utilizing superfoods on the news, blogs, yet, what exactly constitutes a “superfood”?

“Superfoods are foods that have more concentrated amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals than other comparable whole foods,” said Caitlin Boyer, registered dietitian with Intermountain Medical Center. 

Providing Help – and HOPE – for Teens At Risk for Suicide

By Molly Araktingi
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Did you know that Utah has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the United States?

It’s true. Did you also know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for all teens and accounts for 6,000 adolescent deaths in America each year?

Every year the number of self inflicted deaths in America climbs. Every ninety minutes, another adolescent in the United States ends their life. Even these high statistics exclude the many suicides that are hidden, or reported as accidents, due to shame or fear.

Suicide is heartbreaking, serious, and a preventable public health crisis.


New USDA Dietary Guidelines: Understanding a Complex Puzzle

By Tim Beery
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This month the USDA released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans eighth edition. What this means is that the Department of Agriculture has determined what they believe to be the best path for a healthy diet. Dietary Guidelines are updated in 5-year-intervals, meaning the next set of guidelines will not be released until the year 2020.


Trials and Tender Mercies: Meet Dean Austin

By Bonnie Char Hallman

Meet Dean Austin.  After battling cancer in various parts of his body, including rare and highly aggressive Merkel Cell Carcinoma, countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation - genetic profiling and new treatment options are helping Austin.  His story and mix of medicine and faith. He calls his story “Trials and Tender Mercies”.  Dean Austin submitted this blog post from his personal history. We are honored to share it here. From the Intermountain Precision Genomics Team, we honor you, Dean Austin! Thank you for sharing your story!

Is it a Cold Sore or a Fever Blister?

By Nicholas Dragon
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Imagine this: You and your mother are having a heated discussion about whether the sudden appearance of a sore on your lip is a fever blister or a cold sore. You know you can win this battle, and you respond with an I’ll-show-you retort: "Let's ask Mr. Google," you say. Both of you whip out your smart phones, and ...a family crisis is averted. It turns out you’re both right, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Case in point, this annoying sore is known by both names, and is caused by the virus "herpes simplex," or oral herpes (HSV-1).