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Illuminating sulfides’ roles in the body
August 8, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Ming-Xian-webPULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time, researchers at Washington State University have created an injectable compound or “probe” that illuminates hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen polysulfides in different colors when they are present in cells.

WSU’s grizzly bears lose weight on Thanksgiving?
November 24, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Lynne-NelsonPULLMAN, Wash. – If you think Thanksgiving dinner can pack on the pounds, consider the grizzly bears at Washington State University that eat the equivalent of three such feasts daily during the weeks leading to hibernation. After nearly doubling their weight, they take a winter-long nap – only to wake up trim and perfectly healthy in early spring.

Grad student researches effects of ‘Western diet’ on heart
July 8, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. – A graduate student working in the research laboratory of a Washington State University exercise physiologist has received a second year of research funding from the American Physiological Society.

Heidi Medford was one of five students nationally to have the annual grant of $28,300 renewed. Last year, she was one of eight to receive the award, which can be renewed for two years.

Known as the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship, the funding is awarded after a competitive evaluation of applicants’ research proposals, grades, community outreach and other factors. Medford had the highest ranked renewal application this year and, as a result, received the … » More …

Blood pressures lower with whey supplement drink
December 8, 2010

PULLMAN – Beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, a WSU study has found.


Research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel and published in the International Dairy Journal found that daily doses of commonly available whey brought a more than six-point reduction in the average blood pressure of men and women with elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures. While the study was confined to 71 student subjects between the ages of 18 and 26, Fluegel says older people with blood pressure issues would likely get similar results.

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Team up, step out against heart disease April 19
March 28, 2003

Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death (more women than men), and stroke is number 3. The WSU community has a chance to take a step against them — several “steps,” in fact. The Spokane American Heart Walk takes place April 19 at Riverfront Park, with a 1-mile or 3-mile course.WSU Spokane is looking for a strong presence in this event and for team leaders. These leaders recruit teams of walkers to raise the donations for the event. Fund-raising can be done online or through collection envelopes. This website allows participants to create their own page, which they can then e-mail to others: … » More …