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2020

Study shows rising age of first drug use in teens, young adults (March 2, 2020)

Young woman dressed in hoodie is sitting on skateboard and holding smoldering cigarette and bottle of beer.The average age at which teens start using drugs has been rising, according to a new study. The study examined changes in the average age of first drug use for 18 different drugs—including alcohol and tobacco products—between 2004 and 2017. Read more.

 

Access to primary care doctors is linked to mortality rates (February 5, 2020)

A medical student takes a patient's blood pressure. Researchers at WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine have issued a new report showing that increasing access to primary care physicians by just one physician per 10,000 people results in lower mortality for all causes of death in Washington. Read more.

 

Study paints picture of marijuana use in pregnant women (February 4, 2020)

Lead researcher Celestina Barbosa-Leiker meets with her research team to discuss study findings.Published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, findings from a study conducted by a team of researchers at WSU Health Sciences Spokane delve deeper into pregnant women’s use of marijuana, providing key insights that will help inform patient education efforts. Read more.

 

College-funded grants ‘seed’ big-picture, interdisciplinary research (February 4, 2020)

Graphic representation of crime hotspots and cannabis outletsHow does having a pot shop in your neighborhood affect local crime rates? It’s one of five interdisciplinary research projects recently funded by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences with partner colleges, including the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing. Read more.

 

Hospital websites lack usability for non-English speakers (February 3, 2020)

Illustration of keyboard with "Translate" button surrounded by buttons with different languages/flags English proficiency shouldn’t be a barrier to health care… But a patient who needs language services would have to navigate through one to four web pages in English to find information on such services at most Washington hospitals, according to a new study. Read more.

 

Premature mortality linked to race, socioeconomic deprivation (January 22, 2020)

Researchers at WSU’s College of Medicine released a new report that shows premature mortality—death occurring before age 65—is three to eight times more likely among non-whites from low-income neighborhoods compared to more affluent whites. Read more.

 

Biological clock may be key to reducing heart damage from radiation (January 13, 2020)

Study authors Shobhan Gaddameedhi and Panshak Dakup look at cell cultures used in experiments that examine the biological clock’s role in protecting from cell damage caused by radiation treatment.Radiation therapy used to treat breast cancer can lead to heart damage. A new study conducted by researchers in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences suggests that a preventive solution may lie in the biological clock, Read more.

 

Researchers study community-based care for Thai cancer patients (January 2, 2020)

WSU College of Nursing PhD student Shandeigh Berry, right, participates in guided meditation while at Arokhayasala Khampramong Temple in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, in March 2019.A team of nurse researchers from Washington State University left for Thailand on New Year’s Day to join Thai colleagues in looking at the unique care provided to cancer patients at a temple there. Read more.

 

2019

WSU College of Medicine research sparks entrepreneurship (December 17, 2019)
Skipping a night of sleep may leave insomniacs twice as impaired (December 11, 2019)
‘Sleep gene’ research earns five-year grant from NIH (December 5, 2019)
Finding the right dosing for children (December 4, 2019)
Researchers focus on human reaction to high-stress jobs (November 21, 2019)
Discovery holds implications for better immunity, longer life (November 20, 2019)
Cannabis businesses more prevalent in low-socioeconomic areas (November 18, 2019)
Study shows fewer American Indians getting heart disease (November 7, 2019)
WSU cannabis research to partner with pharmaceutical firm (November 6, 2019)
New technology promises improved treatment of sepsis, stroke (November 6, 2019)
Study identifies a potential new target for treatment of gout (October 29, 2019)
Medicine, CAHNRS secure $1.1M grant to combat rural opioid abuse (October 23, 2019)
Julie Postma named associate dean of research (October 22, 2019)
Rayce Rudeen Foundation funds opioid-related projects at WSU (September 20, 2019)
Brain injury expert returns to WSU (September 13, 2019)
Researchers studying Alzheimer’s and dementia in Native people (September 11, 2019)
World experts on shift work meet for WSU-organized conference (September 9, 2019)
WSU to examine health benefits of outdoor preschools (September 3, 2019)
Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience featured at symposium (August 30, 2019)
New WSU technology to improve delivery of anti-inflammatory drugs (August 8, 2019)
WSU Health Sciences appoints vice chancellor for research (August 8, 2019)
Targeting health sciences’ potential for technology transfer (July 26, 2019)
Patients face challenges getting information on medical marijuana (July 24, 2019)
Progress being made for Steve Gleason Institute for Neurosciences (July 17, 2019)
Eight WSU faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences (July 17, 2019)
Many opioid users believe cannabis also helps control pain (July 1, 2019)
WSU to partner with Puyallup Tribe on medicinal cannabis research (May 14, 2019)
Doctoral grad finds group medical visits useful in treating chronic pain (May 13, 2019)
WSU scientist studies link between poor sleep and PTSD (May 10, 2019)
Opioid use disorder affects women differently than men (April 30, 2019)
WSU study links gene to sleep problems in autism (April 29, 2019)
WSU discovery could aid battle of debilitative and deadly inflammation (April 3, 2019)
Special journal issue highlights shift work science, solutions (April 1, 2019)
WSU students’ device to diagnose autism wins awards (March 28, 2019)
Milk or no milk? Study fills knowledge gap on genetic disorder (March 19, 2019)
Most teens report using marijuana less often after legalization (March 15, 2019)
Worldwide rare disease study led by WSU researchers (February 26, 2019)
Predictive modeling could help fight neighborhood crime (February 22, 2019)
McKeirnan honored for work, research in pharmacy practice (February 14, 2019)
Report shows mortality, health disparities in Washington (January 29, 2019)
Meier receives $100K for fatty acid receptor research (January 18, 2019)
WSU Spokane to establish Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience (January 15, 2019)


2018

Making radiation therapy less toxic to the heart (December 20, 2018)
WSU research center to help Native people fight alcohol abuse (December 6, 2018)
Rural youth with mild head injuries face higher costs, less care (December 3, 2018)
Study findings could help prevent heart disease in cancer survivors (November 7, 2018)
Building end-of-life care nursing skills (November 2, 2018)|
How sleep works in the brain – WSU researchers discover clues (October 31, 2018)
WSU to lead new center for Alzheimer’s research in Native people (October 25, 2018)
New nanoparticles wait to release drugs, target infection (September 12, 2018)
Italian nurse visits WSU to explore power of touch in healthcare (August 30, 2018)
Spokane researchers develop potential drugs to help curb smoking (August 21, 2018)
Being overweight increases odds of chronic pain (July 23, 2018)
Researching the transition from opioid addiction to treatment (July 27, 2018)
New study reveals how shift work disrupts metabolism (July 9, 2018)
Chronic pain remains the same after stopping opioid treatment (June 29, 2018)
Declining number of rural pharmacies ‘a worrisome trend’ (May 25, 2018)
Sleep study targets brain processes causing poor decision-making (May 17, 2018)
Study focuses on impacts of 12-hour shifts on nurses (May 1, 2018)
Nurses are essential, yet they struggle within the health care system (April 26, 2018)
WSU researchers focusing on range of cannabis health issues (April 19, 2018)
WSU study to test sleep technology in chronic insomnia (January 23, 2018)
Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors (January 16, 2018)


2017

Researchers see gene influencing performance of sleep-deprived people (12/20/2017)
Adults with disabilities benefitting from Affordable Care Act (12/14/2017)
WSU College of Medicine lands $10 million in new research grants (12/13/2017)
Marijuana may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment (11/30/2017)
Cleveland police to test of anti-bias training simulator developed at WSU (10/3/2017)
Reducing opioid use via online pain management focus of $2.5M study (9/7/2017)
$1.77M NIH grant funds WSU professors’ smart-home technology (8/28/2017)
WSU researchers deliver first ‘nanotherapeutics’ to tumor (5/15/2017)
Predicting hospitalization for mental illness could aid early intervention (4/24/2017)
WSU helps launch first U.S. pharmacy technician immunization program (4/20/2017)
‘Sleep gene’ offers clues about why we need our zzzs (4/5/2017)
Poverty a frequent barrier to achieving health goals, research found (3/24/2017)
Washington a model for suicide prevention training (3/23/2017)
WSU course prepares students for personalized medicine (3/16/2017)
Mechanism triggers spread of prostate cancer to bones (3/13/2017)
Head blows in contact sports not child’s play (3/2/2017)
Rewards treat alcohol abuse in those with mental illness (2/6/2017)


2016

New study to investigating role of sleep in chronic pain (12/05/2016)
New police training draws from science of deadly force (11/30/2016)
Safer gene therapy delivery reduces cancer risk (11/7/2016)
$3.7M grant to study cognitive health among elderly American Indians (9/19/2016)
$10 million grant to study chronic disease in native populations (8/26/2016)
Prescriptions more affordable with Obamacare, Medicare D (8/23/2016)
$1.7M WSU study to counteract poor decision-making due to sleep loss (7/19/2016)
Coffee vs. energy drinks: No difference in caffeine absorption (7/6/2016)
Statin drugs reduce infection risk in stroke patients (6/16/2016)
Nasal spray may ease Parkinson’s, other disease symptoms (6/16/2016)
Benefits to timing chemotherapy to body’s ‘awake’ time (6/6/2016)
New mental health tool expedites evaluation (4/27/2016)
Prescription assistance tied to fewer emergency room visits for some (4/4/2016)
WSU searches for brain drugs to fight ALS, Alzheimer’s, more (3/16/2016)
Compound in green tea found to block rheumatoid arthritis (2/16/2016)

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