Heather Simonsen

Son donates part of his liver to ailing father

Every nine minutes, another person needs an organ transplant in the United States. Here in Utah, almost 900 people need one. A Taylorsville man benefited from a live donor donation.
6 months ago

Experts: Advance healthcare directives crucial at any age

During the pandemic, people of all ages faced serious illness that sometimes required end-of-life decisions. KSL's Heather Simonsen spoke with a palliative care physician about why advance directives are vital at any age.
6 months ago

Start slow to avoid exercise injuries physician warns

We come out of winter hibernation ready to get outside and be active. But overdoing it can lead to springtime exercise injuries, which can set you back weeks or months from your fitness goals.  
6 months ago

What’s the secret to eating healthy on a budget? Try storing fruits and veggies properly

Eating tasty, nutrient-rich meals on a budget is possible, said Alex Govern, executive chef with Intermountain Healthcare. Here's how!
6 months ago

ICU doctor: ‘There’s no other system like it in the world,’ of pneumonia electronic support tool

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death for contagious diseases in the United States. A cutting-edge tool is saving lives.
6 months ago

Women trail men in retirement savings, experts say

As more women break barriers in the workplace, there is still one area they fall far behind: saving for retirement. An expert explains how to bridge the gap.
7 months ago

Therapist: ‘Even the people you wouldn’t expect are vulnerable’ of self-injury

Self-harm has become so widespread so rapidly, especially among adolescents and teens that scientists are trying hard to keep up. A therapist explains what to look for.
7 months ago

Midway couple: ‘We feel violated’ about bombings, violence in Ukraine

Bombings, violence, families torn apart — images that are hard to watch as war escalates in Ukraine. But for one Utah couple, it was once just home.
7 months ago

Retirees get creative with budgeting as inflation soars

Record inflation, spikes in gas, groceries, and utility costs are bad news for Utah retirees. A fixed income can make it much harder to cope.
7 months ago

Utah Ukrainian refugee: ‘They’re hiding under their blankets at this point’

Shock, horror and disbelief - tough emotions a young Ukrainian family in Utah is feeling.
7 months ago

Eating disorders spiraling during the pandemic, experts say 

Eating disorders will affect 29- million Americans in their lifetime. Being out of a routine and living in an uncertain world has led to abnormal eating, especially among teens. A psychiatrist explains how parents can help.
7 months ago

Family, friends hope proposed law will save lives one year after doctor’s death

It's been one year since a Utah doctor died by suicide. Those who loved him most are demanding change on Utah's Capitol Hill. They hope a proposed law could save lives.
7 months ago

Building ‘mental antibodies’: 6 ways to cope with pandemic fatigue

Feeling exhausted, frustrated, or hopeless? These are common feelings weighing Utahns down as omicron spikes, and the setbacks seem endless. A psychiatrist has suggestions on how to build up your mental antibodies.
8 months ago

CDC study: Diabetes may be more likely for some kids recovering from COVID-19  

There's a worrisome trend among some kids recovering from COVID-19. Kids who've had the virus appear to have an increased risk of getting both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  
9 months ago

Web-based yoga practice a great option for seniors during omicron surge

For older Utahns stuck at home, online exercise classes are a healthy option and a way to feel connected if you're taking extra precautions right now.
9 months ago

Study: Sensible intermittent fasting can be good for heart health 

Have you ever wondered how effective intermittent fasting is? The hot dieting trend may have health benefits far beyond weight loss, according to researchers.  
9 months ago

How SMART can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions 

Do you feel like you're already falling short on New Year's resolutions? You're in good company. One in three Utahns won't keep those goals past the end of January, experts said.
9 months ago

United Way’s ‘211’ Helpline Connects People In Need To Services

People all over Utah are feeling stress from the pandemic — whether it's paying rent or mortgage, putting food on the table or finding affordable medical services. But the United Way's 211 is helping connect those in need with community and social services.
2 years ago

People Find Creative Ways To Use Music As Salve During Isolation

A song can lift our mood, bring back memories, and connect us like nothing else can. It's no wonder people are finding creative ways to use music as a salve during COVID-19 isolation.
2 years ago

Doctors: COVID-19 Panic Can Be Almost As Bad As The Virus

COVID-19 panic can be almost as harmful as the disease - especially for children.
3 years ago

Dangerous Surgical Smoke Investigation Leads To New Utah Bill

A KSL investigation found that surgical smoke being generated in Utah operating rooms contained the same cancer-causing smoke as cigarettes. That investigation conducted in spring 2019 has now led to proposed legislation.
3 years ago

Couple Married 75 Years: Lasting Love Takes Daily Commitment

On this Valentine's Day, we all want to know: what's the secret to lasting love? It's something a South Jordan couple may just hold the key to.
3 years ago

Utah Students Take ‘Lockdown Generation’ Fears To The Stage

It's art imitating life for some Utah high school students concerned about gun violence. Rather than live in fear, they're taking their experience to the stage, hoping for more than a standing ovation.
3 years ago