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Part of $22 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Air pollution is an ongoing problem in many communities throughout the U.S. Air pollution is a major health concern in the state of Utah, with its cities often ranking atop EPA’s list of cities with the worst short-term air pollution in the U.S. Children are particularly vulnerable to pollution-induced illnesses. For children who have had cancer, many face pulmonary-related health problems due to chemotherapy, radiation and surgery they endured to treat their cancer. It’s likely that short-term exposure to air pollutants could exacerbate acute pulmonary issues in childhood cancer survivors.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program
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Huntsman Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Care And Research Program

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is launching a new program that combines genetic research with lifelong treatment for cancer patients. It’s is a part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s membership in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN. More than a dozen of the nation’s top cancer research centers are part of the network, which was built to share data about cancer between the institutions.

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Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen
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Want To Know Her: Cindy Matsen

Today's Want To Know Her spotlights a top notch surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional honors, juggling life as a wife and mom, too. Dr. Cindy Matsen is a breast cancer surgeon treating mothers, sisters, wives and daughters battling breast cancer.

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Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group
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Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for more cancers than previously thought, says a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together a group of 21 researchers from around the world to look at more than 1,000 studies linking excess body fat and cancer. Neli Ulrich, PhD, senior director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, was a member of the group. Ulrich is a cancer researcher who studies lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis.

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11 female CEOs making their mark in healthcare

As CEOs, these 10 women have positively impacted their hospitals and health systems, and the greater healthcare industry. Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, serves as the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In her role, she oversees four hospitals, 10 health centers, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center and five colleges. Under Dr. Lee's leadership the health system has ranked among the nation's top 10 in quality and safety academic hospitals. Dr. Lee oversaw the opening of the School of Dentistry and the launch of the Utah Genome Project. She is on the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital, among other organizations.

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New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper
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New Tribune owner says Huntsman Sr. will have role at paper

The wealthy new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune says his father, Utah billionaire and industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr., will serve in a role at the newspaper as chairman emeritus. Deputy editor Tim Fitzpatrick says Tribune publisher Paul Huntsman made the announcement with his father Monday during a meeting with the newspaper's staff and new editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce.

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Cancer Genetics, Inc. reports second quarter 2016 financial results and provides company updates

Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CGIX), an emerging leader in molecular and biomarker-based cancer diagnostics, announced today financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided other company and business updates. Total revenues were $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and included $4.2 million from Biopharma services and $2.5 million from Clinical services, compared with total revenue of $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 67 percent.

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Colonoscopy pill, replete with nano-x-ray machine inside, in development

Check-Cap Ltd. (the “Company” or “Check-Cap”) (NASDAQ: CHEK, CHEKW), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company engaged in the development of an ingestible capsule for preparation-free, colorectal cancer screening, today announced it has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare to develop and validate high-volume manufacturing for X-ray source production and assembly into Check-Cap’s capsule. Upon successful completion, the parties may discuss collaboration on execution of a high-volume manufacturing facility and distribution of the Check-Cap system.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings
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Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone, and this recognition reflects our efforts to relieve the burden of this disease on our patients and their families through excellent patient care and robust scientific research. We are motivated by the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.”

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Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings
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Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

SALT LAKE CITY—U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals,” said Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of HCI. “Cancer touches the lives of everyone, and this recognition reflects our efforts to relieve the burden of this disease on our patients and their families through excellent patient care and robust scientific research. We are motivated by the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.”

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Madison Memorial, Huntsman Institute partner up

Madison Memorial Hospital officials last week announced a new affiliation with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. Madison Memorial Hospital is a 69-bed, full-service medical facility. Huntsman Cancer Institute is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers, a Madison Memorial news release said. Madison Memorial’s partnership with the Salt Lake City-based Institute will extend its resources to Madison County and the surrounding communities, the release said. The agreement, which formalizes a long tradition of collaboration between the two entities, sets the stage for Madison Memorial to provide improved patient access to cancer specialties including clinical trials and other research efforts, the release said.

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Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion
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Salt Lake City congregation embraces the mysteries of both science and religion

For Chris Jensen, science and religion are like "the marriage of two mysteries." A biologist and senior laboratory specialist with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Jensen said his work enriches and reinforces his Lutheran faith. Science looks at objects large and small, he said, and God is present in all of them. "Things just work really, really elegantly and beautifully together," he said. "Whether you take faith as the answer to that or not is individual." Jensen is a member of Salt Lake City's Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, where the interplay between science and faith — often seen in conflict — is encouraged and celebrated.

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NantHealth and University of Utah Establish Heritage 1K Project to Discover Genetic Causes of 25 Rare and Common Diseases

NantHealth, Inc., (Nasdaq: NH), a leading next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company, today announced that it has partnered with the University of Utah in analyzing the entire genomic profiles of at least 1,000 individuals who have a history of rare and life-threatening diseases and conditions in their respective families. The landmark project will focus on researching the genetic causes of 25 conditions, including, breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, autism, preterm birth, epilepsy, and other hereditary conditions. Genomic sequencing will be conducted with unique, comprehensive molecular tests offered by NantHealth. NantHealth’s genomic sequencing platform integrates whole genome (DNA) sequencing, and RNA sequencing. By carrying out this extensive testing, including analysis of germline and somatic samples, University of Utah and NantOmics researchers will be able to explore the underlying genetic causes of certain conditions and diseases at the cellular level.

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Hope for a cancer-free future: chemoprevention for people at high risk

Kathy and her niece, Rhonda, regularly make the trip from their small town in Illinois, to Salt Lake City. They don’t come to see family and friends or to cheer for the University of Utah. They come to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) to be tested for polyps in their small intestines. Kathy and Rhonda both have familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), an inherited genetic disease. FAP causes hundreds of polyps to form throughout the small and large intestines. Any polyp in the intestine has the potential to become cancer. With so many polyps, people with FAP have a nearly 100-percent chance of developing colon cancer. Patients with FAP often undergo surgery to remove the colon so cancer can’t develop there.

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Madison Memorial teams up with Huntsman Cancer Institute on clinic
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Madison Memorial teams up with Huntsman Cancer Institute on clinic

Madison Memorial Hospital and the the Huntsman Cancer Institute have teamed up to better provide cancer patients with convenient and closer services. The goal of the project is to give local patients an easier commute, instead of traveling miles out of town for cancer services. CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital Rachel Gonzales said the last thing you want to do when your sick is think about the burden of traveling far. "You're not feeling well, you're stress you're afraid. You just received the scariest diagnosis of your life. And you're having to travel and leave your family often. So that travel time just adds more stress," Gonzales said. After all, the treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of certain sex hormones to five or 10 times the normal. Two of those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

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I.V.F. Does Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization have long worried that the procedure could raise their risk for breast cancer. After all, the treatment requires temporarily increasing levels of certain sex hormones to five or 10 times the normal. Two of those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can affect the course of certain kinds of breast cancer.

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