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Protein discovery could help prevent cancer treatment-related heart damage (June 4, 2024)
Pharmacists prove effective, less costly care option for minor illnesses (May 28, 2024)
Study shows how night shift work can raise risk of diabetes, obesity (May 9, 2024)
WSU sleep scientist Kimberly Honn elected president of Working Time Society (May 2, 2024)
ChatGPT fails at heart risk assessment (May 1, 2024)
Contingency Management is gaining favor for treating addiction (April 9, 2024)
Blood sugar lows, highs hamper brain function in individuals with Type 1 diabetes (March 25, 2024)
Rural and minority dementia patients face disparities in access to neurologists (March 20, 2024)
Multiple air pollutants linked to asthma symptoms in children (March 13, 2024)
AI research supports health equity in rural Washington (February 22, 2024)
Top research coverage of 2023 (January 31, 2024)
Protein discovery could help solve prostate cancer drug resistance (January 22, 2024)
WSU team to study care of babies exposed to drugs (January 8, 2024)
Better mental, physical health in older people tied to living near nature (January 5, 2024)
WSU experts offer advice on turning New Year’s resolutions into reality (January 2, 2024)


WSU helping recruit Native people for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials (December 15, 2023)
WIC participation helped families better cope with 2022 infant formula shortage (December 7, 2023)
WSU scientists helping increase recruitment of Native people for Alzheimer’s research (November 8, 2023)
Epigenetic signature for obesity found in study of twins (November 1, 2023)
Grant will fund training to combat bias in health care (October 31, 2023)
Lab to test home health technologies, train tech-savvy nurses (October 27, 2023)
Test of police implicit bias training shows modest improvement in WSU-led study (October 18, 2023)
WSU helping increase diversity of scientists conducting Native health research (October 9, 2023)
SP3NW hosts session on commercializing research (October 5, 2023)
Lesser-known brain cells may be key to staying awake without cost to cognition, health (August 17, 2023)
WSU helps state pilot new substance use treatment (August 8, 2023)
Abortion facility access means long drives for 41.8% of women (August 2, 2023)
Astronaut who spent a year in space will keynote TwinFest 2023 (July 19, 2023)
Sharp rise in severe, alcohol-related liver injury during pandemic (July 10, 2023)
Alcohol harm reduction can also reduce other substance use (June 14, 2023)
Science-focused messaging could help reduce cannabis use during pregnancy (May 16, 2023)
Research addresses mental health, substance use in supportive housing (May 9, 2023)
Study points to cause of safety concerns in widely used painkiller diclofenac (April 24, 2023)
Cannabis exposures in suspected suicide attempts are on the rise (April 19, 2023)
Discovery could hold the key to healthy aging during global warming (April 4, 2023)
E-health reduces patient pain, opioids in clinical study (April 3, 2023)
Comparison with Canada highlights poor access to US methadone treatment (March 15, 2023)
CBD shows promise for reducing cigarette smoking (February 16, 2023)
WSU nets top 100 ranking among U.S. universities (February 3, 2023)
Top research coverage of 2022 (January 30, 2023)
Researchers working to ensure drug safety in underrepresented populations (January 30, 2023)
Interest grows in reward-based treatment for addiction (January 10, 2023)


WSU cancer disparities study receives $1 million in grants (December 21, 2022)
WSU sleep researchers say Santa at risk for crashing sleigh over North America due to fatigue (December 12, 2022)
Twin study links exercise to beneficial epigenetic changes (December 6, 2022)
Study identifies mental health disparities in rural schools (November 15, 2022)
Twin research sheds light on how lifestyle, environment impact health (October 31, 2022)
Home sensors can detect opioid withdrawal signs at night (October 11, 2022)
Researchers across WSU system gather for discussion on public health efforts (September 23, 2022)
Rural suicide a focus of WSU research, outreach (September 20, 2022)
Study identifies key protein that drives rheumatoid arthritis damage (September 7, 2022)
IREACH a partner in $4.5 million study of Wabanaki Nation health (August 30, 2022)
Eye test could screen children for autism (August 22, 2022)
Researchers discuss technologies for national defense (August 15, 2022)
Washington boosts access to grocery delivery for SNAP recipients (July 11, 2022)
Gleason Institute awards grants for neurodegenerative disease research (June 21, 2022)
Native Americans face disproportionate travel burden for cancer treatment (June 13, 2022)
WSU researchers to close gaps in Alzheimer’s disease research (June 6, 2022)
Discovery could lead to better cancer immunotherapy (May 31, 2022)
Washington state minorities die at younger ages from opioids than whites (May 26, 2022)
Food insecurity risk related to diabetes later in life (May 9, 2022)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps treat opioid addiction (April 11, 2022)
Nurses’ communication and driving skills suffer after 12‑hour night shifts (March 16, 2022)
Study challenges advice to perform different tasks at specific times (February 16, 2022)
Biggest WSU research stories of 2021 (February 16, 2022)
Social support may lower American Indians’ risk of cardiovascular disease, death (February 14, 2022)
Discovery could help finetune immunity to fight infections, disease (February 8, 2022)
Environmental Health Research Institute launched by $1 million NIH grant (January 26, 2022)


Cannabis use could cause harmful drug interactions (December 13, 2021)
Budtenders, healthcare providers seek more training as cannabis use rises sharply in perinatal women (November 15, 2021)
Increased take-home methadone during pandemic did not worsen outcomes (November 1, 2021)
Sleep loss does not impact ability to assess emotional information (October 11, 2021)
WSU awarded $10 million to increase nutrition in food crops (October 6, 2021)
WSU researchers to study cancer risk in night shift workers (October 5, 2021)
Science backs nature as key to children’s health (September 29, 2021)
Rayce Rudeen Foundation creates endowment for student research (August 27, 2021)
Combating dementia in Native, Pacific Islander communities (August 9, 2021)
Study to look at health threat from heat, wildfires, and power outages (August 6, 2021)
Research identifies potential role of ‘junk DNA’ sequence in aging, cancer (July 23, 2021)
Faculty named leaders, members of Wash. State Academy of Sciences (July 15, 2021)
Health equity issues the focus of new seed grants from HERC (July 9, 2021)
Study: Kratom a danger for older adults (July 1, 2021)
Stress during pandemic linked to poor sleep (June 17, 2021)
Target protein identified for improving heart attack treatment (June 2, 2021)
Cannabis research center established at Washington State University (June 2, 2021)
Women of color, rural women most impacted by missed breast cancer screening during pandemic (May 24, 2021)
Study to look at health threat from heat, smoke, and power outages (May 18, 2021)
Pulse oximeters more useful in COVID screening for older adults (May 3, 2021)
Study looked at how nurses view touch as a form of care (April 26, 2021)
Protein could improve rheumatoid arthritis treatment (March 29, 2021)
Three Minute Thesis crowns 2021 winner (March 25, 2021)
Pandemic has increased pregnancy stress for U.S. women (March 17, 2021)
Student, faculty research showcased at research symposium (March 17, 2021)
WSU College of Nursing continues to gain NIH research funding (March 10, 2021)
How summer on the lake may impact your liver (March 9, 2021)
Research offers insights on how night shift work increases cancer risk (March 8, 2021)
Incentives can reduce alcohol use among Native people (March 3, 2021)
Grant aims to improve nutrition in quinoa (March 2, 2021)
John Roll named 2021 APA Fellow (February 23, 2021)
Goldenseal use may compromise diabetics’ glucose control (February 8, 2021)
Nursing professor takes smoking research, prevention to Uzbekistan (February 5, 2021)
Students value team approach to learning about opioids (February 2, 2021)
WSU researchers receive the 2021 Commercialization Gap Fund (January 29, 2021)
Top WSU Research Stories 2020 (January 28, 2021)
WSU project targets COVID‑19 in high‑risk communities (January 27, 2021)


Medicine-carriers made from human cells can cure lung infections (December 3, 2020)
WSU Health Sciences launches Spinout Space in Spokane (sp³nw) (December 3, 2020)
WSU joins national biopharmaceuticals manufacturing institute (November 24, 2020)
Three WSU professors honored as 2020 Highly Cited Researchers (November 20, 2020)
Healthcare providers should ask patients about cannabis use (November 5, 2020)
Nelson evaluating COVID vaccines for impact on Native Americans (October 30, 2020)
Rural areas have fewer mental health services for young people (October 29, 2020)
WSU COVID-19 research tackles the present and future pandemic (October 27, 2020)
Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects (October 22, 2020)
COVID-19 research highlighted during town hall (October 21, 2020)
WSU awarded NIH grant to study natural product-drug interactions (October 21, 2020)
Alcohol use changed right after COVID‑19 lockdown (October 13, 2020)
Project aims to increase COVID‑19 testing for Native populations (October 12, 2020)
New Faculty Spotlight: Kait Hirchak (October 1, 2020)
Star-shaped brain cells may hold the key to why, how we sleep (September 24, 2020)
COVID-stress may be hard to beat even with exercise (September 7, 2020)
Poison centers report increase in calls about anti-anxiety drug (September 4, 2020)
Study to use app to help people with asthma during wildfire season (August 12, 2020)
WSU scientists develop COVID-19 tracking tool for rural areas (July 29, 2020)
WSU faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences (July 15, 2020)
Research funding on the rise at the WSU College of Nursing (July 9, 2020)
Cloth mask tested by WSU nursing faculty could offer more protection (July 6, 2020)
Nursing student lands prestigious Foley Institute fellowship (June 30, 2020)
Centenarian study suggests living environment may be key to longevity (June 17, 2020)
Marijuana use can worsen mental health for people with chronic pain (June 16, 2020)
New collaborative to study impact of COVID-19 on moms, babies (June 3, 2020)
WSU student’s research leads to training for oncology nurses (May 21, 2020)
Making platelet transfusions safer (May 20, 2020)
Managing diabetes during the COVID‑19 pandemic (May 13, 2020)
New WSU-PNNL partnership to advance gut microbiome science (April 23, 2020)
Palmer, Roll to lead academic and research response to COVID-19 (April 22, 2020)
Association for faculty women honors outstanding graduate students (April 21, 2020)
Research finds critical protein in cancer treatment-related heart damage (April 9, 2020)
Study shows rising age of first drug use in teens, young adults (March 2, 2020)
Access to primary care doctors is linked to mortality rates (February 5, 2020)
Study paints picture of marijuana use in pregnant women (February 4, 2020)
College-funded grants ‘seed’ big-picture, interdisciplinary research (February 4, 2020)
Hospital websites lack usability for non-English speakers (February 3, 2020)
Premature mortality linked to race, socioeconomic deprivation (January 22, 2020)
Biological clock may be key to reducing heart damage from radiation (January 13, 2020)
Researchers study community-based care for Thai cancer patients (January 2, 2020)


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)


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)


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)


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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