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Rock Doc: Grizzly bear research might help human medicine
April 15, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I’ve gained 5 pounds since last summer. My body mass index is still fine, but I need to stop gaining to keep it that way.

Fourth annual healthy fare to focus on wellness
October 1, 2008

SPOKANE —Students in WSU’s Exercise Physiology and Metabolism (ExMet) program in partnership with the Riverpoint Campus Wellness Collaborative will host the 4th Annual Healthy Fare from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the atrium of the Academic Center at 600 N Riverpoint Blvd.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of healthy activities including health screenings. ExMet and Nursing students will be offering a limited number of free cholesterol and blood glucose screenings on a first-come-first-served basis. In addition the students will also be offering the following health screenings free of charge: blood pressure, body mass index, waist … » More …

Student Recreation Center hosts health screening
October 11, 2007

Take care of yourself and get educated with regular health screenings provided by the College of Pharmacy and University Recreation.
The next screening will be at the Student Recreation Center on October 15 from 3:30 to 6:30p.m. The screening will consist of a free blood pressure and glucose test. Participants can choose to have a blood cholesterol test done costing $5 for students and $15 for non-students.

For more information call 335-8732 or visit

Roundworms help scientists understand cholesterol, fat
June 21, 2006

PULLMAN — Microscopic roundworms are helping scientists better understand what regulates cholesterol and fatty acid levels in the body, according to Washington State University researcher Jennifer Watts.Her work is included in an article published today in the scientific journal Nature.The article, with lead authors from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, focuses on a substance that activates the SREBP protein, which in turn, activates genes that regulate cholesterol and fatty acids levels.Watts, an assistant research professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry and a scientist in the WSU Agricultural Research Center, uses C. elegans to examine the role unsaturated fatty acids … » More …

Nurse channels student activism
January 9, 2004

Anyone who missed getting their cholesterol screened at the CUB in September will have another chance in February.The one-day screening last fall drew so much interest, people had to be turned away.“We had no idea it was going to be so popular,” said Marsha C. Turnbull, a registered nurse at WSU Health and Wellness. “We ran out of materials.”The cholesterol screening is open to faculty, staff and students and gives students on the Cougar Health Awareness Team practice working with live patients.Turnbull created the CHAT in the fall of 2000 to harness the enthusiasm she saw in the students who were doing HIV peer counseling.“I … » More …