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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.
Genetic testing impacts the decisions one Utah family is making after cancer diagnosis

Genetic testing impacts the decisions one Utah family is making after cancer diagnosis

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 3:23 p.m.

What if you knew your chances of getting cancer were higher than most people? And what if you knew there was a way to intervene before you got sick? One Utah family shares how genetic testing is impacting the decisions they make.
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.
Fad diets are out — it's your lifestyle habits that matter most

Fad diets are out — it's your lifestyle habits that matter most

Sherry Liang, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 7:39 a.m.

A full belly makes a happy heart, but your heart will be happier if you focus on sustaining long-term habits.
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?
'Nurse navigators' support cancer patients through treatment, therapies

'Nurse navigators' support cancer patients through treatment, therapies

Peter Rosen, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 10 - 8:20 a.m.

On a difficult complicated journey it helps to have a guide, a navigator. That's true, Suzanne Houghton says, for the journey she took as a cancer patient.
Salt Lake woman with metastatic cancer finds improved quality of life with advanced treatment, therapies

Salt Lake woman with metastatic cancer finds improved quality of life with advanced treatment, therapies

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 9:43 p.m.

Doctors have become really good at treating cancer and through recent medical advancements and therapies, they're getting better at giving patients better quality of life.
Telehealth oncology services allow Utah man to be treated closer to home

Telehealth oncology services allow Utah man to be treated closer to home

Aley Davis and Ashley Moser, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 8 - 9:52 p.m.

Anyone familiar with cancer treatment knows it involves lots of doctor appointments. Making the same drive several times a week can be grueling, but now technology is sparing patients those repeated trips and offering them better quality of life.
Same-day biopsy offers women greater peace of mind in breast cancer treatment

Same-day biopsy offers women greater peace of mind in breast cancer treatment

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 10:03 p.m.

Recent advancements in screening and treatment are making it possible for people to be treated for breast cancer more easily and successfully. One Utah woman is grateful she didn't delay care.
Why fall is the best time of year to hit the hiking trails

Why fall is the best time of year to hit the hiking trails

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 30 - 9:39 p.m.

If you haven't headed up one of Utah's beautiful canyons in a while, now is the time. The leaves are officially bursting with color. One Utah family explains why they make fall hiking a priority.
Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital offers free virtual car seat checks during the pandemic

Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital offers free virtual car seat checks during the pandemic

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 5:14 p.m.

Here's an alarming number: 59% of parents do not install car seats correctly, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
New 'Return-to-Learn' program helps students succeed in the classroom post-concussion

New 'Return-to-Learn' program helps students succeed in the classroom post-concussion

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 7:46 p.m.

Utah follows strict protocols to help student athletes who suffer a concussion "return-to-play." But what about helping injured students keep up in the classroom?
Front-line health care workers say they're burned out, experiencing staffing shortages

Front-line health care workers say they're burned out, experiencing staffing shortages

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 2:28 p.m.

No one's taken the brunt of the pandemic like health care workers on the frontline. The unrelenting cases of COVID-19 have brought many to their breaking point. Three caregivers at Intermountain Layton Hospital are sharing how their job affects them personally.
Intermountain Healthcare offers hospital-level care from home for stabilized COVID-19 patients

Intermountain Healthcare offers hospital-level care from home for stabilized COVID-19 patients

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 2 - 8:25 p.m.

As ICU beds reach max capacity with yet another rise in COVID-19 cases, Intermountain Healthcare is looking for additional ways to take care of sick patients. A new program born during the pandemic utilizes technology to allow some patients the luxury of recovering from the comfort of their home.
COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility despite online misinformation, doctors say

COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility despite online misinformation, doctors say

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Updated Aug. 27 - 8:10 p.m.

Data shows COVID-19 can cause devastating complications for both pregnant women and their babies. But many are putting off the vaccination for fear it will prevent them from getting pregnant in the first place.
Why this immunocompromised mother, teacher believes wearing masks in school benefits entire community

Why this immunocompromised mother, teacher believes wearing masks in school benefits entire community

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 20 - 7:59 p.m.

With the delta variant raging across the country, Utah families are facing difficult decisions at the start of a new school year. One Santaquin mother said wearing a mask is ultimately about community and looking out for your friends — lessons she hopes her children will learn.
Mental Health Services Awareness Night offers resources for families in the community

Mental Health Services Awareness Night offers resources for families in the community

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 13 - 9:29 p.m.

Experts are calling the mental health challenges many people are now facing the second wave of the pandemic. While they've seen an increase in demand, they remind families there are resources and people ready to help. One Utah family is grateful it reached out years ago.
How to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping before school starts

How to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping before school starts

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 10:04 p.m.

One in every 20 middle school students and one in every five high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, according to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco survey. Those numbers have doctors concerned and urging parents to start an important conversation with their kids before school starts.
Pediatrician urges students to get the COVID-19 vaccine and other immunizations before school starts

Pediatrician urges students to get the COVID-19 vaccine and other immunizations before school starts

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 30 - 7:29 p.m.

The start of school is just a couple weeks away for most Utah families and now pediatricians are also stressing the importance of students getting the COVID-19 shots and other immunizations before they head back to school.
Utah faces a critical blood shortage — here's how to help those in need

Utah faces a critical blood shortage — here's how to help those in need

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 22 - 10:36 p.m.

Utah, and the nation, is facing a critical blood shortage this summer. Health care professionals are urging Utahns to donate to help those who rely on regular blood transfusions just to survive.
Walk With A Doc: Managing pain through regular exercise

Walk With A Doc: Managing pain through regular exercise

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 16 - 10:07 p.m.

Whether or not we like it, pain is part of life. But experts say lifestyle changes like nutrition, sleep and exercise can help you manage that pain.
Pleasant Grove teen getting special surprise after leukemia relapse

Pleasant Grove teen getting special surprise after leukemia relapse

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 9 - 8:40 p.m.

Navigating cancer is never easy, especially for children. With the help of a unique treatment, and the generosity of Millie's Princess Foundation and a few special performers, one Pleasant Grove teen is still smiling.
Plant-forward perfect for the grill: Portabello Mushroom Sandwich

Plant-forward perfect for the grill: Portabello Mushroom Sandwich

Intermountain Healthcare  |  Posted July 9 - 12:15 p.m.

Growing tired of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill? A portabello mushroom is a great plant-forward hearty option for a backyard barbecue.
Draper mom reminds parents about water safety after scary experience in pool

Draper mom reminds parents about water safety after scary experience in pool

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 30 - 10:08 p.m.

Between the warm weather and upcoming holiday weekend, more families are spending time playing in the water this summer. But after five drownings in just one week this month, safety experts are concerned. One Draper mother shares the sobering reminder she received earlier this month.
Intermountain Healthcare on-site work clinic introduces new approach to family medicine

Intermountain Healthcare on-site work clinic introduces new approach to family medicine

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 25 - 10:04 p.m.

Intermountain Healthcare has long provided on-site work clinics, and they're now introducing a new approach to family medicine with a focus on preventative care. One Utah Valley family says they've benefitted from this intimate and intentional approach to medicine.
Baked Salmon with Spinach Strawberry Salsa

Baked Salmon with Spinach Strawberry Salsa

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 21 - 8:27 p.m.

Adding fish to your diet brings health benefits, and pairing it with a chilled spinach strawberry salsa makes for a bright and healthy summer meal.
Study shows kids eat more calories in postgame snacks than they expend on the field

Study shows kids eat more calories in postgame snacks than they expend on the field

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 18 - 9:34 p.m.

A BYU study shows kids eat more calories in postgame snacks than they burn during their actual game. With a childhood obesity rate of 19% in the United States, dietitians are concerned. One Utah dad and coach is keeping health a priority on the field.
Utah physician helps 80-year-old cancer patient with 3 powerful words

Utah physician helps 80-year-old cancer patient with 3 powerful words

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 11 - 6:30 p.m.

A cancer diagnosis is often about more than just the cancer itself. The treatment can affect every part of someone's overall health and well-being. One Utah woman is grateful for an attentive physician who helped her through the emotional pain she experienced as she went through treatment during the pandemic.
How to retain valuable lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic moving forward

How to retain valuable lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic moving forward

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 7:51 a.m.

The pandemic has been a time of devastating loss for so many and it's challenged our resilience. In turn, many found this time to be a period of growth or a time to reevaluate what's most important in life. KSL reporter Aley Davis explores what it will take to remember these life lessons post-pandemic.
Why compassion, understanding and trusted information are key to addressing vaccine hesitancy

Why compassion, understanding and trusted information are key to addressing vaccine hesitancy

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 5 - 4:34 p.m.

Compassion, understanding and trusted information. Experts say those are the keys to helping someone make a decision about getting the vaccine. One Utah woman who was initially hesitant to get vaccinated shares what changed her mind.
How to get out of your pandemic exercise slump

How to get out of your pandemic exercise slump

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 4 - 8:43 p.m.

The pandemic threw off our routines and schedules, and for many of us, one of the first things to go was regular exercise. One South Jordan woman found a way to reprioritize her health through goal setting and discipline.
How to brush up your social skills, post-pandemic

How to brush up your social skills, post-pandemic

Peter Rosen, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 29 - 1:39 p.m.

It might be time to brush up on your manners and social skills as we slowly move into a post-pandemic world. Some people say those are feeling a little rusty.
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.
45-year-old Utah man survives stroke, urges others to know the signs

45-year-old Utah man survives stroke, urges others to know the signs

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 27 - 10:16 p.m.

Only about 40 percent of Americans can identify all five major symptoms of a stroke — a scary figure when quick treatment is critical for recovery. A 45-year-old Utah man is grateful his wife knew the signs when he suffered an ischemic stroke three months ago.
Polynesian Cabbage Wrap: A plant-forward dish with a tempeh twist

Polynesian Cabbage Wrap: A plant-forward dish with a tempeh twist

Aley Davis  |  Posted May 18 - 10:51 p.m.

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Intermountain Healthcare chefs are offering Polynesian Cabbage Wraps in their cafeterias and the recipe for anyone to make at home.
HerediGene Population Study designed to prevent genetic disease now including children

HerediGene Population Study designed to prevent genetic disease now including children

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 13 - 10:30 p.m.

The largest DNA study in the country is happening right here in Utah. Doctors believe it can change the way they deliver future health care and hopefully even prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Salt Lake County's Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time moms succeed with additional resources

Salt Lake County's Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time moms succeed with additional resources

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 7 - 9:10 p.m.

Becoming a new mom is always challenging, but especially for those who don't have the resources they need. Intermountain Healthcare's "Healthy Kids" initiative partners with Salt Lake County on an evidence-based early childhood development program to help young families.
Understanding the difference between COVID-19 and allergy symptoms

Understanding the difference between COVID-19 and allergy symptoms

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 29 - 10:14 p.m.

Do you feel like your seasonal allergies are worse this year? You're not alone. And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, confusing symptoms can be nerve-wracking. One Utah expert explains the difference.
Earth Day: Pandemic shows small changes can have big impact on air quality, experts say

Earth Day: Pandemic shows small changes can have big impact on air quality, experts say

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Updated April 22 - 9:54 p.m.

Once a year in a global event, people come together to celebrate the beautiful natural resources we share on Earth Day. The COVID-19 pandemic has showed us even small changes in our daily routine can have a significant impact on our environment.
Young cancer patients find strength through support program

Young cancer patients find strength through support program

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 17 - 8:15 a.m.

Being diagnosed with cancer is traumatic at any age, but can be particularly difficult for adolescents and young adults who are finishing school, choosing a career, or starting a family. One Layton woman has found support through a special program.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes: Plant-Forward Perfect for the Grill

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes: Plant-Forward Perfect for the Grill

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Updated April 16 - 5:20 p.m.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes: Plant-Forward Perfect for the Grill
How gardening this spring can be physically and mentally therapeutic amid pandemic

How gardening this spring can be physically and mentally therapeutic amid pandemic

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 9 - 7:38 a.m.

Utah's beautiful spring weather has many anxious to get outside and soak in some sunshine. One avid Utah gardener says working in the dirt benefits both her mental and physical health.
Why you don't have to be a perfect match to give a loved one a new lease on life

Why you don't have to be a perfect match to give a loved one a new lease on life

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 2 - 10:28 p.m.

April is National Donate Life Month, a reminder of the healing gift of organ donation. In Utah alone, more than 800 people are waiting for either a kidney, liver, pancreas, heart or lung transplant.
Plant-forward healthy cooking: Marinated tofu lettuce wraps for National Nutrition Month

Plant-forward healthy cooking: Marinated tofu lettuce wraps for National Nutrition Month

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 27 - 1:40 p.m.

March is National Nutrition Month, and a great time to learn about informed food choices and developing healthy eating – and cooking – habits.
Health care officials reinforce message of safety despite vaccine hesitancy among certain minorities in Utah

Health care officials reinforce message of safety despite vaccine hesitancy among certain minorities in Utah

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 26 - 10:29 p.m.

Vaccines are now available to everyone 16 years old and up, but local health officials have noticed vaccine hesitancy among certain minorities. One Salt Lake woman decided to get vaccinated after overcoming some of her initial concerns.
How prioritizing self-care during the pandemic could protect women from heart disease

How prioritizing self-care during the pandemic could protect women from heart disease

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 19 - 10:22 p.m.

The stress of the global pandemic is taking a big toll, especially on women who are often caregivers. With heart disease as the leading cause of death among women, experts warn about the danger of too much stress. One Utah mother shares how she came to understand the importance of caring for herself.
Why the state expanded vaccination criteria to include those with underlying medical conditions

Why the state expanded vaccination criteria to include those with underlying medical conditions

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 13 - 12:02 p.m.

While all adults will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in just a few weeks, experts say there is a reason those with underlying health conditions are given priority. One Utah kidney transplant shares why he is so grateful he was able to get the shot.
Why you should start high-intensity exercise if you have Parkinson's disease

Why you should start high-intensity exercise if you have Parkinson's disease

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 4 - 10:38 p.m.

For many, a Parkinson's diagnosis can significantly change someone's abilities and lifestyle. But as one Utah neurologist says, recent research suggests early intervention through exercise can make a lifelong difference.
What to eat if you've lost your sense of taste due to COVID-19

What to eat if you've lost your sense of taste due to COVID-19

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 9:23 p.m.

While losing your sense of taste and smell isn't the most serious symptom of COVID-19, it certainly can be one of the most annoying. One Salt Lake man has found a way to eat healthy and enjoy some food during his slow recovery.
Thai Red Curry with Roasted Eggplant: Plant-forward cooking for a healthy heart

Thai Red Curry with Roasted Eggplant: Plant-forward cooking for a healthy heart

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 7:08 a.m.

To mark February's Heart Health Month, Intermountain Healthcare chefs are encouraging plant-forward cooking to promote a healthy heart and body.
Is it safe for pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Is it safe for pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 18 - 9:42 p.m.

As COVID-19 vaccinations become more widely available, many pregnant women are wondering if it's a safe option for them and their baby. One expecting mother in Cache Valley shares the process she followed to make her decision.
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.
Gestational diabetes: How it can affect you and your baby

Gestational diabetes: How it can affect you and your baby

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:03 p.m.

During a pandemic, any type of pregnancy risk or complication can cause additional stress. One Utah woman who had gestational diabetes says with the right approach, both mom and baby can stay safe.
Why a fitness trampoline can offer the perfect at-home workout this winter

Why a fitness trampoline can offer the perfect at-home workout this winter

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Updated Jan. 28 - 10:09 p.m.

Finding motivation and the resources to exercise in the winter — especially during a pandemic — can be challenging, but one Utah woman is getting creative and jumping right into it.
Why you should start 'exercise snacking'

Why you should start 'exercise snacking'

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 22 - 9:47 p.m.

With more people working from home and spending time on virtual calls, it's likely many are sitting for hours on end. One Utah man is breaking up the day through "exercise snacking" — and no, it doesn't involve a trip to the pantry.
Morgan family warns other parents after almost losing their toddler in a severe choking accident

Morgan family warns other parents after almost losing their toddler in a severe choking accident

Aley Davis, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 10:35 p.m.

Intermountain Healthcare physicians are warning parents after 32 alarming choking hazards in Utah last year involving young children.