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Concept: Wasatch Front


This study sought to determine radiation exposure across the cranium of cardiologists and the protective ability of a nonlead, XPF (barium sulfate/bismuth oxide) layered cap (BLOXR, Salt Lake City, Utah) during fluoroscopically guided, invasive cardiovascular (CV) procedures.

Concepts: Medicine, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Real Salt Lake, Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City International Airport


We assessed effects on physical activity (PA) and weight among participants in a complete street intervention that extended a light-rail line in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Concepts: Obesity, Mass, Body mass index, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Wasatch Front


Erwinia amylovora is the causal agent of fire blight, a devastating disease affecting some plants of the Rosaceae family. We isolated bacteriophages from samples collected from infected apple and pear trees along the Wasatch Front in Utah. We announce 19 high-quality complete genome sequences of E. amylovora bacteriophages.

Concepts: Fruit, Flowering plant, Rosaceae, Utah, Provo, Utah, Wasatch Front, Ogden, Utah, Wasatch Range


This study provides insight from the use of weather radar observations to understand the characteristics of the eared grebe migration near the Great Salt Lake (GSL) and provides unique information on weather conditions connected to these migration events. Doppler weather radar measurements from the Salt Lake City, Utah WSR-88D radar site (KMTX), along with meteorological surface and rawinsonde data, were used to identify and examine 281 eared grebe migration events across 15 winters from 1997/1998 through 2011/2012. An average of about 19 migration events occurred each winter with considerable interannual variability, as well as large variance in the spatial area and number of birds departing the GSL during each event. The migration events typically occurred during clear sky conditions in the presence of surface high pressure and colder than average surface temperatures. Migration events began 55 min after sunset, on average across the winter seasons, and in one case we demonstrate that an extended, nonstop flight was initiated of the departing eared grebes to northern Mexico. Eared grebes leaving the GSL largely flew above the freezing level with a mean northerly tailwind at flight altitude of 3.1 m s(-1) and a westerly, cross-flight wind of 5.0 m s(-1) while having an average flight speed at cruising altitude of 16.9 m s(-1), or 61 km h(-1). In addition to determining the variability of meteorological conditions during migration events across the 15 winters, atmospheric conditions during the largest migration event observed are presented and discussed.

Concepts: Radar, Weather forecasting, Weather radar, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Wasatch Front, Ogden, Utah


To determine whether 2012 to 2015 (times 1-3) ridership changes correlated with body mass index (BMI) changes after transit line completion in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Concepts: Body mass index, U.S. state, Grid plan, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Wasatch Front


To evaluate the individual effectiveness of needling therapy using the Dermapen (Dermapen, Salt Lake City, Utah) and topical therapy with silicone gel (Kelo-cote, Sinclair Pharma, London, England), and their combined effectiveness for the treatment of linear surgical scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloids.

Concepts: Scar, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Real Salt Lake, Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City International Airport


The Venous Window Needle Guide (VWING; Vital Access Corp, Salt Lake City, Utah) is a surgically implanted titanium device designed to facilitate cannulation of uncannulatable dialysis access arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) because of excessive depth, aneurysm formation, or tortuosity but that exhibit sufficient flow volume to support hemodialysis. We report the 18-month fistula patency, functionality, and complications of the use of the VWING device.

Concepts: Hemodialysis, Arteriovenous fistula, Fistula, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Wasatch Front


This study compared the patency of a split-tip self-centering catheter with a predesigned curve (CentrosFLO; Merit, Salt Lake City, Utah) and a standard split-tip catheter with straight distal limbs (Medcomp, Harleysville, Pennsylvania) catheter in patients requiring exchange of a dysfunctional tunneled dialysis catheter (TDC).

Concepts: Hemodialysis, City, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wasatch Front


Fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) has been associated with many adverse health outcomes including school absences. Specifically, a previous study in the Utah Valley area, conducted during a time with relatively high air pollution exposure, found significant positive correlations between school absences and air pollution.We examined the hypothesis that ambient PM2.5 exposures are associated with elementary school absences using a quasi-natural experiment to help control for observed and unobserved structural factors that influence school absences. The Alpine, Provo, and Salt Lake City school districts are located in valleys subject to daily mean PM2.5 concentrations almost twice as high as those in the Park City School District. We used seminonparametric generalized additive Poisson regression models to evaluate associations between absences and daily PM2.5 levels in the 3 districts that were exposed to the most pollution while using Park City absences as a quasi-control. The study covered 3 school years (2011/12-2013/14).School absences were most strongly associated with observed structural factors such as seasonal trends across school years, day-of-week effects, holiday effects, weather, etc. However, after controlling for these structural factors directly and using a control district, a 10 μg/m increase in PM2.5 was associated with an approximately 1.7% increase in daily elementary school absences.Exposure to ambient air pollution can contribute to elementary school absences, although this effect is difficult to disentangle from various other factors.

Concepts: Regression analysis, High school, Particulate, Smog, Air pollution, Utah, Salt Lake City, Wasatch Front