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Oh, my aching joints! Is weather to blame?
December 1, 2017

A growing number of small-scale studies are identifying barometric pressure — the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us, or simply the weight of air — as the leading culprit.

Horse therapy helps teach nursing students the value of presence
November 30, 2017

Some patients are nonverbal, for example, or can’t communicate with health care providers because of a language barrier. Some patients are a little scary. And horses, like patients, react to a person’s body language and can sense when someone isn’t “truly with them,” explains Jayne Beebe, a senior instructor at the WSU College of Nursing in Yakima.

Honey bees are key to broadening our mealtime choices
November 22, 2017

During your morning coffee, noon-time salad, or even that Thanksgiving meal, the honey bee is your constant companion. About a third of our diet depends on pollinated crops, not just fruit and vegetables but also the alfalfa that feeds dairy herds.

Seeing Double
November 20, 2017

The Washington State Twin Registry is a powerful aid in promoting better health. For researchers trying to distinguish between genetic and environmental conditions, twins offer a promising stream of data that can serve up remarkably solid inferences and conclusions.

In crisis, the Access Center was there for her
October 23, 2017

Looking back at her freshman year Nicolle Peterson is still surprised by how quickly her new life at WSU unraveled. She credits the staff at the Access Center with helping her get back on track, determining what accommodations she needed and coaching her on how to talk with her professors.

Holy smokes
October 17, 2017

WSU researchers Shannon Tushingham and David Gang are using a combination of archeology and high-end molecular chemistry to help identify and restore wild tobacco and other indigenous smoke plants used by Northwest Native groups. Their work also supports a nationwide effort to design culturally-sensitive smoking cessation programs that emphasize the differences between traditional and commercial tobacco use.