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Washington a model for suicide prevention training

By Addy Hatch, College of Nursing

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than half the states mandate suicide-prevention training for public school teachers, but only seven states have policies requiring healthcare professionals to get similar training. That’s one of the findings of a research study conducted by Washington State University College of Nursing student Sara Van Natta. » More …

Fighting wildfires economically complex, says WSU researcher

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

wildfire-treesPULLMAN, Wash. – Fighting wildfires is expensive. Firefighters must be paid and equipment must be purchased and transported to fires. Operations and maintenance cost money. » More …

May 29: Free workshop in preparation for fire season

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

wildfire-by-bugwood.org-2j00EVERETT, Wash. – With wildfire season approaching, woodland owners can get help to protect their property and assess risk at a free Firewise Workshop 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Camano Multipurpose Center (the blue building), 141 NE Camano Dr., Camano Island, 15 minutes from the I-5 Stanwood/Camano exit.  » More …

Strong neck may not help against concussion

concussion research

Strength training paired with improved flex-
ibility may reduce concussions in young
athletes. (Photo Rick Gomez/Blend Images)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Popular thought says that neck strength helps prevent concussions. But that’s not what recent research at Washington State University reveals.

“It appears from the youth research and the football player research that I have done, that impacts tend to be of a higher magnitude in kids with stronger necks and that athletes with a previous history of concussions tend to have stronger necks,” said Kasee Hildenbrand, associate professor in the College of Education.

So she … » More …

NIH grant focuses on cost effectiveness

PULLMAN – Just how successful and cost-effective are community-based, substance abuse prevention programs? It’s a question that plagues politicians and policy makers, especially in a time of shrinking resources and increasing demand for services.

Now, thanks to a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at WSU are working on a new way to assess the effectiveness of those programs in the real world. That tool, they say, could help save time and money.

“These statistical techniques could help us make better use of limited resources at the local, state and national level,” said professor Robert Rosenman, associate director of WSU’s … » More …

Helpful hints for hand washing

As the cold and flu season approaches, it is important that people remember to wash their hands often. This year it may be especially important as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts 5-20 percent of the population will get the flu this year, with more than 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths (www.cdc.gov/flu).Margaret Bruya, associate dean for academic health services and professor and co-founder of People’s Clinic at the Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing, said that the flu tends to start with cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat and runny nose, fever, chills, muscle aches and pains, severe headache and … » More …

Bioterrorism topic of discussion Nov. 8

Two members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program will discuss bioterriorism Nov. 8 on the Washington State University campus.Steven A. Morse, associate director of science at CDC, and John V. Barson, a CDC epidemiologist, will discuss “Bioterrorism: Threats and Prevention” during a 9:30 a.m.-noon program at Todd Hall, Room 130. There is no cost to attend the public program.The speakers’ visit is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program at WSU. This is the second year the program has sponsored visiting speakers to discuss major topics in science.