Heather Simonsen

Holiday season is a peak time for heart attacks. Here's how to stay healthy

Holiday season is a peak time for heart attacks. Here's how to stay healthy

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 2 - 10:30 p.m.

The holiday season can lead to an unwanted health risk. Heart attacks peak in December and January. A Central Utah doctor said there are simple ways to stay healthy, including taking time to wind down each day and exercising.
Home care patient says nurse is 'friend who will always be there'

Home care patient says nurse is 'friend who will always be there'

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 1:15 p.m.

During the pandemic, many have expressed thanks to front-line caregivers at hospitals and clinics. But there are 2 million health care workers in the U.S. whose work isn't quite as visible.
Utah mom: 'We were gonna lose him,' after son had MIS-C

Utah mom: 'We were gonna lose him,' after son had MIS-C

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 10:36 p.m.

Doctors at Primary Children's Hospital are co-leading a national study about a serious condition some kids get from COVID-19. A Utah family knows how devastating it can be.
New treatment helps cancer patient find success

New treatment helps cancer patient find success

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 3:10 p.m.

A growing treatment is finding success in the fight against cancer. Doctors say it helps a patient's own immune cells recognize and attack the disease. The procedure made all the difference for a Utah man.
Utah doctor: Smell therapy helps COVID-19 patients regain sense of smell, taste

Utah doctor: Smell therapy helps COVID-19 patients regain sense of smell, taste

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 8:31 p.m.

Lack of smell and taste are some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and have affected up to 85% of patients, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Falls can cause serious injury, doctors say. Here's how to prevent them

Falls can cause serious injury, doctors say. Here's how to prevent them

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 10:09 p.m.

Falls are a leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for people 65 and older. They often result in a lengthy recovery. An Intermountain emergency room doctor explained how to prevent them.
Utah doctor: COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in children

Utah doctor: COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in children

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 28 - 8:55 p.m.

The FDA approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 and recommended emergency use authorization. It could be available as soon as next week. A Utah pediatrician explains what parents should know.
Taking precautions for kids can lower exposure risk to COVID-19 this Halloween

Taking precautions for kids can lower exposure risk to COVID-19 this Halloween

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 10:33 p.m.

Halloween is just around the corner. But with the  COVID-19 vaccine not yet available for kids under 12 years old, what precautions should parents take?
New test makes assessing breast cancer risk more precise, equitable for all women, researchers say

New test makes assessing breast cancer risk more precise, equitable for all women, researchers say

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 9:18 p.m.

For the first time, women of all ethnicities can get an accurate test to predict their risk of breast cancer. The new test also better pinpoints when they'll most be at risk. The new risk screening made all the difference for a Utah woman.
Utah scientists identifying genes that may increase risk of suicide

Utah scientists identifying genes that may increase risk of suicide

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 6:16 a.m.

The latest research at University of Utah Health strengthens the family link to suicide. Scientists are identifying genes that may increase risk.
US Ski, Snowboard Team uses high-powered lights to disinfect training areas

US Ski, Snowboard Team uses high-powered lights to disinfect training areas

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 5:26 p.m.

For Olympic athletes, staying healthy can make the difference between medaling and coming home empty-handed. One team is adding a Utah product to its germ-fighting arsenal.
U. student in quarantine worries she'll fall behind without Zoom options

U. student in quarantine worries she'll fall behind without Zoom options

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 7:00 a.m.

A University of Utah student who is sick with COVID-19 said she's concerned the school isn't doing enough to prevent quarantined students from getting behind in their coursework.
Utah woman from Afghanistan fears for the women and girls in her homeland

Utah woman from Afghanistan fears for the women and girls in her homeland

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 19 - 10:32 p.m.

A Utah woman knows firsthand the horror of living under the brutality of the Taliban. She fears for the women and children there who face an uncertain future. What she hopes to do next is remarkable.
University of Utah health scientists say certain video games improve mental health in older adults

University of Utah health scientists say certain video games improve mental health in older adults

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 11 - 10:36 p.m.

Playing video games might look like a fun way to spend an afternoon, but it can also be so much more. Games are helping some treat their depression.
Cancer misinformation on the rise on social media, Huntsman Cancer Institute study says

Cancer misinformation on the rise on social media, Huntsman Cancer Institute study says

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 22 - 9:44 a.m.

Many of us turn to the internet for information about our health, but a new Utah study finds misinformation surrounding cancer treatments is growing on social media.
Origami inspires BYU student to make surgery safer

Origami inspires BYU student to make surgery safer

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 2 - 6:24 a.m.

Jacob Sheffield hopes to solve a common problem in laparoscopic surgery, procedures performed through small metal ports inserted in short incisions in the skin.
How to protect Utah's elderly from financial abuse

How to protect Utah's elderly from financial abuse

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 18 - 8:32 p.m.

Elder fraud often goes unreported and is difficult to prosecute, but the crime can cost seniors huge sums of money and years of grief.
Experts fear heat, return to old routines put kids at risk of being left in hot cars

Experts fear heat, return to old routines put kids at risk of being left in hot cars

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 13 - 5:22 p.m.

Many parents were left out of practice taking kids to day care and summer activities after the pandemic. Experts warn that could increase the risk now of forgetting a young child in a hot car.
New mobility device helps Utah toddlers with disabilities reach milestones

New mobility device helps Utah toddlers with disabilities reach milestones

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 10:11 p.m.

A new mobility device has helped toddlers with disabilities make cognitive connections related to speech and build physical strength.
Innovative Utah training teaches clinicians to prevent domestic violence

Innovative Utah training teaches clinicians to prevent domestic violence

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 4 - 10:38 p.m.

A new program was designed in Utah to help health care professionals recognize the signs of domestic violence, to protect moms and their children.
Post COVID-19 reentry anxiety is normal and we can get through it, therapists say

Post COVID-19 reentry anxiety is normal and we can get through it, therapists say

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 28 - 10:41 p.m.

Considering the mental and emotional toll of the pandemic, it's only natural to feel apprehensive about getting back to normal. And some will need more time than others. A local doctor says taking these steps will make reentry easier.
Officials break ground for new mental health center in Utah that could be model for nation

Officials break ground for new mental health center in Utah that could be model for nation

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 27 - 1:10 p.m.

From sirens and handcuffs, to compassionate, efficient care, Utah has taken a giant leap forward in how we treat mental health disorders.
Orem woman celebrates surviving cancer

Orem woman celebrates surviving cancer

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 4 - 9:37 p.m.

One Utah woman who has inspired millions with her "can-do" attitude reached a huge milestone, making a turn for the better following a battle with both cancer and COVID-19.
Herriman mom says early detection of daughter's heart problem saved her life

Herriman mom says early detection of daughter's heart problem saved her life

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 10:29 p.m.

February is about more than Valentine's Day for many Utah families. It's also about awareness of a common and potentially deadly birth defect. Doctors have important advice for all parents expecting a baby.
2021 is the perfect time to set meaningful goals, psychiatrists say

2021 is the perfect time to set meaningful goals, psychiatrists say

Heather Simonsen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 31 - 10:42 p.m.

Many of us dread making New Year's goals, but this year presents a special opportunity.