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$1.5M grant helps turn chemical weapon into medical marvel
March 19, 2014

By Rebecca E. Phillips, University Communications

Xian-green-tube-130PULLMAN, Wash. – A middle-aged man is stricken by a heart attack and crumples to the floor. But when paramedics arrive, they skip the oxygen and instead administer a bit of toxic gas that puts the patient into a protective state of “hibernation.” Later, fully recovered in the hospital, the man’s heart shows little sign of damage.

Study eyes chemical effects on salmon immue system
December 12, 2003

Beginning in January, Frank Loge, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at WSU, will be working with the National Marine Fisheries Service to better understand the ecology of infectious disease within salmon. Loge is looking at how industrial chemicals, such as dioxins, PCBs and solvents in the environment, suppress the immune system in salmon and subsequently influence disease transmission in in-stream salmon populations. Dioxins are byproducts of a number of manufacturing processes, including smelting, paper pulp bleaching and solid waste incinerating. PCBs were used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical equipment until they were banned in the 1970s. A substantial … » More …

Biochemist pursues cause of chemical sensitivity
October 4, 2002

About 10 million people in the United States suffer from severe multiple chemical sensitivity. Symptoms — which may last for hours or days — include severe headaches, pain in joints and muscles, fatigue, dizziness and impaired thinking. Sufferers can be affected by such environments as air travel, the work place, their own home, the detergent aisle in the grocery store or close-quarter social events.The onset of this chronic condition can usually be traced to an exposure to certain chemicals. But why the initial exposure results in an often life-long, incurable condition has been a mystery. In an article published in the September 2002 issue of … » More …