Cathy McKitrick

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5 years after fall on ice, former aircraft mechanic still struggles

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Several years of training and perseverance laid the foundation for Blake Halfacre to land a permanent skilled position at Hill Air Force Base.


Health Care

Hepatitis A outbreak skips Weber County, health officials aim to keep it that way

OGDEN — In terms of hepatitis A, Weber County is faring well compared to other parts of the state and nation.


Health Care

Intermountain Healthcare launching new generic drug company with partners

SALT LAKE CITY — In response to pharmaceutical shortages and erratic spikes in their costs, Intermountain Healthcare announced plans Thursday to launch a generic drug company in collaboration with four other organizations that altogether represent more than 450 hospitals nationwide.


Courts

Lawsuit seeks expanded freedoms for Utah's intellectually disabled adults

OGDEN — Weber County’s largest city is home to Utah’s largest intermediate care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. As such, the decades-old Wide Horizons could be impacted by the outcome of a class-action lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court last Friday.


Government

Medical marijuana gains support from doctors, patients, researchers

ROY —  Should Utah pain management doctors be able to recommend marijuana to their patients? The answer to this question likely will be up to voters this November, pending successful signature-gathering for a ballot initiative that would legalize medical cannabis.


Government

Doctor overseeing CBD oil study faces Medicare fraud charges

SPRINGVILLE — The physician poised to oversee cannabidiol oil studies for the recently formed Endo-C, a limited liability company based in Springville, could also be facing 80 counts of Medicare fraud in federal court. 


Health Care

Health center offers baby clothes, supplies as incentive for expecting, new moms

OGDEN — Although the Teddy Bear Den at Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden is little more than a glorified closet, its community impact extends well beyond its size.


Government

Utahns react to AG Sessions memo regarding medical cannabis

While Utah has no marijuana dispensaries like some of its neighbors, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Jan. 4 memo rescinding Obama-era guidance regarding federal law enforcement activities in states where pot sales are now legal drew swift reaction. 


Health Care

Northern Utah pain management providers concerned about longtime opioid users

KAYSVILLE — Dr. Christian Obah devotes his days to helping chronic pain patients maximize their quality of life. For many, that means weaning them off high doses of opioids by offering alternatives that render some relief.


Health Care

4-city coalition to present underage drinking information Wednesday

WASHINGTON TERRACE — A coalition serving Weber County’s south end is launching a new effort to prevent underage drinking.


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