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Pesticide linked to three generations of disease
July 24, 2014

By Becky Phillips, University Communications

SkinnerPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations.

Rock Doc: What antibiotics might be doing to us
July 15, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s astonishing to think about, but when my grandfather was born one in five children didn’t live to see their fifth birthday, in large part due to endemic and epidemic diseases. Today that’s all changed.

Rock Doc: FDA considers changes to nutrition labels
April 22, 2014

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

PetersPULLMAN, Wash. – While I have been dinking around for months trying to lose five pounds, two of my friends have gotten serious about weight loss. Each of them is down 50 pounds.

Rock Doc column: Rally troops to help battle bulge
November 26, 2013

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

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – We all know the basic medical facts: we should make healthy choices about what we eat and incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Most of the science of weight loss matches common sense. But it’s also true that more and more Americans are overweight or obese.

WSU researchers link DDT and obesity across generations
October 22, 2013

Skinner-Michael-2012-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to environmental compounds like the insecticide DDT may be a factor in high rates of obesity. The finding comes as DDT is getting a second look as a tool against malaria.

Family interaction may affect child’s eating habits
June 3, 2011



PULLMAN, Wash.— A new five-year study aims to use the innate sense children have for when they’ve eaten enough to develop a childhood obesity program that focuses on family eating styles.


The researchers

“Young children are really good at controlling their calorie intake, but many kids lose that ability as they get older,” says Thomas Power, chair of WSU’s Department of Human Development and a project co-investigator. “That often leads to overeating. Why is it that kids lose that natural ability? We wondered what the parents’ role might be.”


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Spring seminars address overeating, ocean dead zones, corporate social responsibility
January 14, 2009


VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver presents the Spring 2009 Chancellor’s Seminar Series, campus lunchtime presentations, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Ticket price for each seminar is $25 per person, including lunch and parking, or $60 for all three seminars with registration by Feb. 6. For more information on each seminar, and to register, see, or call 360-694-2588.

Feb. 13, “Gut Feelings: How The Gut Tries To Tell The Brain To Stop,” by Bob Ritter of WSU Pullman.

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Diabetes epidemic
January 5, 2007

Photo: Gabe Patten, left, information systems coordinator for the College of Pharmacy, demonstrates a new insulin inhaler with help from Keith Campbell. (Photo by Becky Phillips).Diabesity n. – An epidemic of obesity and diabetes that is sweeping America.Coined by Francine Kaufman, M.D., diabesity is a set of conditions afflicting nearly 1.3 million Washington residents. It is estimated that at least 270,000 have been diagnosed with the disease, while 100,000 have undiagnosed diabetes and at least 900,000 may have prediabetes. According to the Washington State Department of Health, diabetes has doubled in Washington since 1990 and is responsible for more than $1 billion in diabetes-related hospital … » More …