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Eat like an athlete
Summer 2015

Fuel up and you can dominate is the mantra of sports nutrition at WSU.


Categories: Athletics, Health sciences
Tags: Sports nutrition


Guillermo “Billy” Pimentel ’99—On the biodefense
Summer 2015

Commander Billy Pimentel '99 PhD, a leader in biodefense for the U.S. Navy, brought in the Navy's mobile labs to help test for Ebola in Liberia.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: U.S. Navy, Biodefense, Mycology, Microbiology, Ebola


No Pain’s a Gain
Spring 2015

WSU researchers are finding new ways to tackle America’s pain problems.


Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Opioids, Chronic pain, Pain


First Words for Fall 2014
Fall 2014

Subtle ties between stories are revealed in the issue, from garbage to art to health sciences to food.


Categories: Fine Arts, Health sciences, Sociology
Tags: Garbage, Food


Nasty epidemic, neat science
Fall 2014

The H1N1 flu virus outbreak at WSU in 2009 challenged Health and Wellness Services, but gave opportunities for research on the spread of diseases.


Categories: WSU students, Health sciences
Tags: Influenza, Infectious diseases, Health and Wellness Services, H1N1 virus


For the Health of a City
Fall 2014

In just two decades, an ailing industrial area has been transformed into a vibrant campus for health education. Now WSU Spokane is primed to train more doctors and other medical professionals to meet growing demands for health care.


Categories: WSU Spokane, Health sciences
Tags: Medical school, Urban renewal


Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Fall 2014

What we eat can help us fight infection, combat cancer, and address disease. A number of Washington State University scientists explore the medical benefits of a cornucopia of crops.


Categories: Agriculture, Food, Health sciences
Tags: Cancer, Nutrition


Mark Paxton ’76—Shaping smiles
Fall 2014

Oral surgeon Mark Paxton ’76 has traveled to Guatemala for 23 years to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries, and leading groups of volunteers from WSU to provide medical services.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Cleft lip and palate, Oral surgery, Volunteer, Guatemala


Charting the course of a globe-trotting pathogen
Summer 2014

Jeb Owen and David Crowder, WSU entomologists and “disease detectives” chart the spread of West Nile virus in a Pacific Science Center exhibit.


Categories: Health sciences, Entomology
Tags: Diseases, West Nile Virus, Science education


Sex, drugs, and differences
Summer 2014

After decades of researching gender differences in the effects of drugs, Rebecca Craft has found that females using marijuana are likelier than men to become dependent on the drug and suffer more severe withdrawals.


Categories: Psychology, Health sciences
Tags: Cannabis, Women, Drug abuse, Addiction


Predictive software helps communication
Spring 2014

Eye-tracking technology and inexpensive software developed by WSU engineers could help people with ALS, like former Coug and New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, better communicate.


Categories: Engineering, Computer sciences, Health sciences
Tags: ALS, Eye tracking, Software


A Dose of Reason—Pediatric specialists advocate for vaccines
Spring 2014

In 2011, Washington’s vaccination rate was dangerously low. According to the CDC, 6.2 percent of children in kindergarten had not been fully immunized.


Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Pediatrics, Pediatric nursing, HPV, Vaccines, Vaccination


An inquiring mind
Spring 2014

Ken Alexander ’82 is chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Pediatrics, Doctors


Stronger may not be better
Fall 2013

Neck strength alone won't help prevent concussions when student athletes head a soccer ball, according to WSU researchers. They came to their conclusions from experiments inside WSU’s Sports Science Laboratory.


Categories: Health sciences, Athletics
Tags: Soccer, Concussions


What I’ve Learned Since College—An interview with Ruth Bindler ’01
Winter 2012

Ruth Bindler '01, spent her life working on children's health as well as heading up the graduate programs at the WSU College of Nursing.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Nursing, Obesity, Public health


A healthy dose of sex in the media
Winter 2012

TV, movies, and music are filled with references to sex, but few have reliable information on sexual health. WSU researchers are using media literacy and entertainment education to better inform people.


Categories: Health sciences, Communication
Tags: Entertainment education, Media literacy, Sexual health, Sexual assault prevention


John E. Olerud ’65—Science is a lot like baseball
Summer 2012
Whether he’s studying how wounds heal or he’s tagging a runner out at home plate, John E. Olerud ’65 knows two techniques to succeed: work hard and stick with it.Olerud credits those lessons to the man who recruited him to Washington Stat...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Health sciences
Tags: Baseball, Dermatology, Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Doctors


Eat your broccoli or no cookie: Feeding styles and childhood obesity
Spring 2012
Ever try to get a child to stop munching potato chips and eat some carrots? That push toward healthier foods can sometimes contribute to familial strife, make it difficult for children to tell when they are full, and even increase the p...
Categories: Health sciences, Food
Tags: Eating, Nutrition, Parenting, Children


The deadly cough
Winter 2010
Few creatures in the course of human history have ever been as influential as the one that crawls and jumps and drinks blood in the lab of Viveka Vadyvaloo.It hit the world stage in the sixth century, starting in Lower Egypt, traveling by ship ...
Categories: Health sciences, Biological sciences
Tags: Bubonic plague, Plague, Fleas, Global Animal Health


Living for a cure
Winter 2010
At his home on the banks of the Columbia River just north of Wenatchee is one of Mike Utley’s achievements. A Ford F-350 pickup. Black with blue flames jutting from front to back, the truck gives off as imposing a presence as the 6-fo...
Categories: Health sciences, Athletics
Tags: Philanthropy, Football, Spinal cord injuries, Mike Utley


Recruiting rural health care providers
Fall 2010
On the quirky comedy Northern Exposure, an isolated Alaskan town enticed a New York City doctor to become the community’s physician. While the city doc’s angst and the eccentric residents—including a moose from WSU—drew laughs, the sh...
Categories: Health sciences, WSU Extension
Tags: Rural health care, Doctors, Nursing


Dwight Damon ’62—Straight smiles
Spring 2010
Orthodontist and inventor Dwight Damon ’62 loves to see the beautiful smiles and straight teeth of his patients. Even better, he knows they’ll look and feel better thanks to his innovative approach to orthodontic care. Damon recently receiv...
Categories: Health sciences, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Orthodontics


How we eat is what we are
Winter 2009
In the 1960s, 24.3 percent of Americans were overweight. Now, over 60 percent of us are. Even though other countries are hot on our heels, we are still the plumpest folk in the world. Does it matter?
Categories: Food, Economics, Health sciences, Biological sciences
Tags: Obesity, Nutrition, Food, Exercise, Diabetes


Jim Torina: Playing well with others
Fall 2007
Nothing short of the opportunity to make the world a better place while making a lot of money could have lured Jim Torina '84 out of his retirement. He'd already made a fortune building high-end homes around the Puget Sound and was happily surfing...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Patient safety


Eating well to save the Sound
Summer 2006
The Puget Sound region's 3.8 million population is expected to increase to 5.2 million within the next 15 years. If Puget Sound is to survive that growth, we must change our lives. That, and eat more shellfish.
Categories: Biological sciences, Earth sciences, Food, Health sciences
Tags: Animal behavior, Food, Oysters, Water


Eat more garlic
Spring 2006
If there's just one thing you plant in your garden, make it garlic.For one thing, it's extraordinarily easy to grow. Plant it around Columbus Day. Cover it with mulch. Or don't. Water it now and then when it starts growing again in the spring. And...
Categories: Health sciences, Food, Agriculture
Tags: Gardening, Garlic, 4-H


Honduras: What Patients We Saw!
Winter 2005
During those long, hot, humid, and exhausting days, we saw, experienced, and accomplished things we had never before imagined possible.We were a team, 24 strong, who came together for 10 days in the early spring of 2005 to travel to Honduras. We w...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Nursing, Volunteer, Honduras


Peru: In the middle of the jungle with no Walgreens
Winter 2005
In summer 2004 my husband, Stuart, and I made our first trip to Peru. We traveled with a charitable organization that hoped to build an orphanage and medical clinic there. Having completed my second semester of nursing studies at the Washington St...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Volunteer, Peru, Nursing


Diabetes: It's still up to you
Fall 2005
Although Mary Ellen Harvey '58 knew about her type 2 diabetes for nearly 20 years, she wasn't managing it very well on her own. That changed when she joined thousands of other diabetics across the country in a diabetes management trial.
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Diet, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease


This man might save your life--or teach your class
Summer 2005
Clint Cole ('87 B.S. Comp. Sci., '00 M.S. Elec. Engr.) vividly remembers the drama of trying to save lives as a paramedic in the 1980s.He and his fellow paramedics typically responded to emergency calls by driving as fast as possible to their dest...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences, Engineering
Tags: Defibrillator


Portland pharmacist uses chemistry to duplicate natural human hormones
Summer 2005
Forget about over-the-counter pills and creams to reduce hot flashes, insomnia, and other symptoms of perimenopause. Don't bother with prescriptions for mass-produced synthetic hormones, either.Instead, why not use chemistry-or bio-identical hormo...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Hormones, Physiology


Field-burning study proves inconclusive
Fall 2004
The study found no significant health effect from field burning--nor did it explain why.
Categories: Agriculture, Health sciences
Tags: Palouse, Smoke


Tracing an elusive cause of panic
Fall 2004
Barbara Sorg's formaldehyde animal model has shown that exposure to the chemical increases levels of stress-hormone production.
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Hormones, Panic


The New Nutrition
Fall 2004
The problem with dietary recommendations is that they haven't been necessarily based on sound science.
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Nutrition, Food, Heart disease


What now, mad cow?
Fall 2004
Is it really as bad as it seems?
Categories: Veterinary medicine, Health sciences
Tags: Cattle, Diseases


As you read this, thank your ion channels
Fall 2004
When Mike Varnum, assistant professor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology, visits the aquarium, he looks at the sea creatures a bit differently than the rest of us. What interests him most about a creature is not its ...
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Reading, Eyes


A Quick Test for a Killer
Summer 2004
While Listeria monocytogenes accounts for only 1/100th of 1 percent of all food-borne illnesses in the United States, it's responsible for a whopping 28 percent of annual deaths. Development of a quick test for the pathogen promises to drastically reduce that statistic.
Categories: Health sciences, Food
Tags: Genetics, Microbes, Diseases


A new method for measuring heart risk
Winter 2003
Almost 500,000 people in the U.S. die each year from coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Half of those people didn't even know they were at risk or had any symptoms of the condition, according to the American Heart Asso...
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Medical tests, Heart disease


What is this drug, and what does it do?
Winter 2003
On a typical day, a dozen pharmacists, physicians, and other health care practitioners will call the Drug Information Center (DIC) in Spokane for some help. "The questions run from easy ones we can answer right away to ones where three days from ...
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Prescription drugs, Pharmacy


Designing for dementia
Fall 2003
A common clothesline can make a difference in preserving the dignity and self identity of Alzheimer's patients, says Keith Diaz Moore, Washington State University professor of architecture and landscape architecture.At Sedgewood Commons in Falmout...
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Design


Software system enables precise radiation treatment for tumors
Fall 2003
Seldom do software engineers get to see their work save lives. But new software developed by Washington State University alumnus Thanos Etmektzoglou is making a difference for cancer patients.For the past 13 years Etmektzoglou has worked at Varian ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Software


Survival Science: Joanna Ellington champions fecundity
Summer 2003
Joanna Ellington champions fecundity.
Categories: Health sciences
Tags: Reproductive biology, Physiology


Minding her B's & T's
Summer 2003
In the fast paced world of immunological research, it's not your p's and q's you have to mind, but your b's and t's. That's B cells and T cells, two of the main players in the complex orchestra that makes up your immune system. B. Paige Lawrence, ...
Categories: Biological sciences, Health sciences
Tags: Research, Immunology, Cells


World health care: "Many countries have their priorities wrong"
Spring 2003
"Evidence shows that the family medicine model is the most cost effective and provides the best care for most people." —Dr. Robert HigginsIf you are sick enough and have enough money, you can get very good medical care in most countrie...
Categories: Awards and honors, Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Health care policy, Pharmacy


Smoke & asthma
Spring 2003
For as long as Jami Hinshaw can remember, she has coughed, sneezed, sniffled, and felt miserable every September. When she was nine, the Spokane native and WSU alum was diagnosed with asthma.Last fall, Hinshaw was fighting her usual symptoms, but ...
Categories: Public affairs, Agriculture, Health sciences
Tags: Air quality, Field burning, Asthma


Spokane Health Sciences Building enhances research, medical partnerships
Fall 2002
Linda Massey swings open the doors of large kitchen cabinets that store portions of the $10,000 worth of groceries needed over eight weeks for people in a kidney-stone- and low-salt-diet study. Nearby are industrial-sized freezers to keep perishab...
Categories: Health sciences, WSU Spokane
Tags: Spokane, Buildings


Keeping our food safe
Fall 2002
If you’re worried that our food supply might be the next target of international terrorists, you probably needn’t be, says Barbara Rasco, associate professor of food science and human nutrition. Rasco’s research centers on bioterrorism and t...
Categories: Agriculture, Health sciences
Tags: Food-borne illness, Food


An untamed mind
Summer 2002
Two minutes into our interview in Thompson Hall, Katherine Grimes—“Katie,” on second reference—must leave. She can’t concentrate, because the murmurs of students passing outside the closed door are amplified to rock-concert cacophony in ...
Categories: WSU students, Health sciences
Tags: Autism


Kleene keeps "influenza watch" at CDC
Summer 2002
When Jennifer Kleene was awarded a national fellowship in the Emerging Infectious Disease program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last summer, it took a while for her to find out. She was in rural Armenia participating in a Unite...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Influenza


Why do we sleep?
Spring 2002
James Krueger wants to know why the average person will spend 219,000 hours asleep.
Categories: Health sciences, Biological sciences
Tags: Sleep, Brain


Treatments for congestive heart failure focus of study
Spring 2002
For this alum, age is no obstacle"I asked what would happen if I die before the research is over. They said, ‘We'll try to find out where you are and sue you.’ ”—Dr. Gordon MauriceWith some amusement, Dr. Gordon L. Maurice (’40, ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Heart disease


Nurses to the Homeless
Spring 2002
Gypsy's camp is evidence of the harsh living conditions faced by a growing number of homeless in Spokane. It also doubles as a classroom, and a lesson in reality, for student nurses.
Categories: Social work, Health sciences
Tags: Charity, Nursing


Curing what ails you
Winter 2001
IF GARY MEADOWS is right, popping Prozac will do more for you than relieve depression. Meadows’s preliminary data suggest that fluoxetine, the generic form of Prozac, inhibits the growth of melanoma tumors in mice. The Prozac project bega...
Categories: Biological sciences, Health sciences
Tags: Prozac, Melanoma, Cancer


A better system of braces
Winter 2001
“Imagine if you are a patient, the significant difference that decreased pressure is going to make to your comfort level.” As a child, Dr. Dwight Damon (’62 Zoology) had more than his share of curiosity.Damon’s father, who taught math ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Orthodontics, Braces