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WIC participation helped families better cope with 2022 infant formula shortage

SPOKANE, Wash. — Families that participated in the WIC program — also known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — were much less likely to use potentially unsafe infant feeding practices during the 2022 U.S. infant formula shortage than income-eligible families that did not participate. Read the full article.

Race/ethnicity, sleep duration, and mortality risk in the United States

Current evidence and professional guidance recommend sleeping between 7 and 9 h in a 24-hour period for optimal health. The present study examines the association between sleep duration and mortality and assesses whether this association varies by racial/ethnic identity for a large and diverse sample of United States adults.

As Outdoor Preschools Gain Traction, States Work to Unlock Funding

Jan. 3, PEW Trusts, Stateline article At least one researcher is probing whether being outdoors helps children or whether those participating in outdoor preschool benefit from other types of privilege. Amber Fyfe-Johnson, an assistant research professor at Washington State University, published a review last year of nearly 300 studies examining the effects of time spent outside on […]

Food Is Medicine and the Realm of Tourism

Food and nutrition play a crucial role in rural areas, as community health needs come together at the crossroads of both environmental and business ecosystems. Agritourism is a promising practice that can bring people to farms for education and entertainment while helping small communities sustain production and cultivate growth. Join our panel discussion to hear […]

Closing a gap in Alzheimer’s disease research

Over the age of 50, one in three men and one in six women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and recent research suggests that OSA increases the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

WSU IREACH a partner in $4.5 million study of Wabanaki Nation health

Washington State University’s Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) and Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness (WPHW) have been awarded a four-year, $4.49 million center grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Only 43% of clinical trials report race and ethnicity – What can be done?

Medical News TodayApril 21, 2022by Timothy Huzar In a new study, researchers have analyzed over 20,000 clinical trials to determine if they reported data on race or ethnicity. The researchers also looked at whether the participants in the trials were representative of the United States population. The researchers found that over half of the clinical […]

What Does Equity Mean to You?

Anna Zamora-Kapoor is quoted in this op ed. By Bo John Brusco for the Lynwood (Wash.) Times On Wednesday, October 6, the Lynnwood Times facilitated an interview forum with several candidates running for Mayoral, City Council, and School District positions in Lynnwood and Mukilteo. It was an insightful experience listening to each candidates’ response and […]

As the delta variant grips Washington state, Latino population faces steep COVID risk

HERC Community Liaison Anna Zamora-Kapoor is quoted in this article.   By Ryan Blethen, Manuel Villa and Daisy Zavala Seattle Times staff reporters MALAGA, CHELAN COUNTY — Teresa Bendito-Zepeda and a few companions went door to door during a summer morning last month, coaxing the farmworkers at this migrant housing complex to a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic […]

Kratom a danger for older adults

By Addy Hatch, WSU College of Nursing Older adults are using kratom, often as an alternative to opioids for pain relief. As the plant-based substance’s popularity has grown, however, so have calls to poison centers, often with severe consequences for older adults. “It functions a lot like an opioid but it’s not regulated,” explained Janessa […]