Cathy McKitrick

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Health Care

This year's flu is nasty, but Utah's hospitalization rates have slowed

OGDEN — Flu activity in Utah spiked in late December 2017 and during the third week of January, but by the first week of February, most of the state saw minimal or low-to-moderate activity.


Health & Fitness

2018 Olympic alpine, moguls skiers in care of 2 Ogden doctors

EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was updated at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 to include new information.


Government

Breastfeeding bill draws pushback but clears committee on 6-5 vote

SALT LAKE CITY — After surprising opposition and a failed attempt to add language regarding modesty, a bill to further normalize breastfeeding in public barely squeaked out of a male-dominated legislative committee Thursday on a 6-5 vote. 


Health Care

West Haven mom commits to helping opiate addicts in late son's honor

WEST HAVEN — When asked what she misses most about her son, Lisa Thompson responded, “Everything.” Her voice cracked as she repeated the word. 


Government

Cheaper prescription drugs in Utah is the hope of House Bill 163

SALT LAKE CITY — A Republican state lawmaker hopes to lower prescription drug costs by opening the door for Utah to design and implement a program to import pharmaceuticals from Canada.


Government

2 pending Utah medical cannabis bills draw mixed reactions

SALT LAKE CITY — During a recent committee hearing on Utah’s Capitol Hill, the House sponsor of two medical cannabis bills described their limited scope as dipping a “very small toe in the water.”


Government

Bill to increase suicide hotline accessibility named in honor of Huntsville teen

SALT LAKE CITY — Huntsville resident Laura Warburton received an unexpected honor and standing ovation from lawmakers in the Utah House of Representatives Friday in recognition of her tireless efforts to prevent suicide.


Health Care

Northern Utah health care providers eye potential Medicaid expansion in 2018

OGDEN — Roughly 60 percent of the 26,000-plus patients treated at Midtown Community Health Center’s various locations have no insurance, making service delivery more difficult, if not entirely out of reach. But Medicaid expansion would go along way toward solving that problem.


Government

Senate resolution aims to address post-operative deaths related to opioids

SALT LAKE CITY — A Republican state senator from Vernal is sponsoring a resolution that could reveal many more deaths linked to prescription opioid use than previously recognized.


Health Care

Weber Human Services taps grant to widen access to opioid treatment, Narcan kits

OGDEN — Amid a raging national epidemic, Ogden tops the list as a Utah hotspot for opioid overdoses and other Weber County cities rank close behind. 


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