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‘Horsing around’ reduces stress hormones in youth
April 24, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

horse-stress-Pendry-130PULLMAN, Wash. – New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress – and the evidence lies in kids’ saliva.

War veterans find peace with a hoe and pitchfork
March 19, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

CultivatingSuccessLogo-250SEQUIM, Wash. – Military veterans on the Olympic Peninsula are healing invisible wounds of war by tending the earth. They are part of a trend taking root across the country called agrotherapy, which helps veterans not only overcome difficulties like post-traumatic stress syndrome but also gain skills to help support themselves and their families.

WSU students gain from autism learning center partnership
December 16, 2013

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Domino-project-120SPOKANE, Wash. – In a bustling classroom, college student Kellie Carns shows Daniel Fast, age 4, a small yellow car and encourages him to point to a matching picture and name the object: “Kuh…” she prompts. “Car,” he responds – to her satisfaction.

Researcher finds potential new use for old drugs
November 12, 2013

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

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PULLMAN, Wash. – A class of drugs used to treat parasitic infections such as malaria may also be useful in treating cancers and immune-related diseases, a new WSU-led study has found.

Therapy benefits athletes
October 3, 2008

Like soda shops and rumble seats, their popularity has fallen away over the years. Heated therapy pools — once standard in hospitals of the 1930s and 40s — declined in use after the advent of the polio vaccine in 1955, until today they are little more than a medical afterthought.

 

That practice may be about to change, however, as Bruce Becker and Kasee Hildenbrand lead the way in establishing the nation’s first laboratory for aquatics and sports medicine at the WSU Pullman campus.

 

Temporarily located in Bohler Gym, the National Aquatics & … » More …

Animal assisted therapy focus of June 4 broadcast
May 20, 2004

Washington State University Extension, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Human Development will be presenting a satellite broadcast addressing the role of animal assisted activities for children with disabilities and developing youth at 9:30-11:00 am Friday, June 4. The program can be viewed on satellite or it can be viewed via video streaming on the web at http://caheinfo.wsu.edu/videostream.html during the live broadcast or any time into the future. Paulie Mills, associate professor, Department of Human Development, will introduce participants to animal assisted therapy; Francois Martin, associate director, WSU Veterinary Medicine, will share the experiences and research … » More …