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Embedded: A First-Person Account of COVID-19 Testing in Eastern Washington

By Lee Roy Esposo, class of 2021

Last week the Spokane Regional Health District along with Spokane Medical Reserve Corps set up a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 at the Spokane County Interstate Fairgrounds. This is one of two testing sites in eastern Washington. Individuals who are concerned that they may have contracted the virus are able to drive down and be evaluated by medical personnel. Medical staff working on site hail from multiple healthcare systems like, Spokane Regional Health, Providence, CHAS, and more.

In mid-March as cities across the nation were looking for ways to ramp up COVID-19 testing, I received an email requesting … » More …

What role does sleep play in sun damage and skin repair?

In 2010, the International Agency for Research on Cancer under the World Health Organization recognized night shift work that disrupts the circadian rhythm as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This official recognition of the link between cancer and sleep disruption was a defining moment for Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. » More ...

Inspiring change: Linda MacLean’s impact on my life in pharmacy

By Jennifer Robinson, Associate Dean for Professional Education and Clinical Associate Professor for Department of Pharmacotherapy

In late January, the American Pharmacists Association named WSU CPPS interim dean, Linda Garrelts MacLean, as one of their 2020 fellows. This honor is the most comprehensive recognition in pharmacy. To receive the award, members must demonstrate exemplary professional achievements and service to the pharmacy profession. Below is an article written by Jennifer Robinson, associate dean for professional education, about how Linda made an impact in her life.

APhA encourages pharmacists to practice at the top of their education to meet the needs of society. It creates a community … » More …

Winning WSU students invited to national compounding competition in Florida

Compounding is the art and science of combining appropriate ingredients to fit the unique needs of a patient. Rather than ingesting a drug in the traditional form of a pill, pharmacists can use innovative methods to help patients take their medicine. This includes creating medicine in the form of lollipops or gummy bears, a more palatable compound for young children, or making drugs more accessible through creams or gels for patients who have difficulty ingesting medicine. For pharmacy students, compounding is one of the vital skills that they learn during their four years in pharmacy school, and where WSU student pharmacists have excelled nationally in … » More …

Shobhan Gaddameedhi promoted to associate professor

Shobhan GaddameedhiSPOKANE, Wash. – Shobhan Gaddameedhi has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2020, at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Gaddameedhi’s research lab centers on how circadian clock disruption influences anti-cancer drug treatment efficacy, DNA repair, inflammation and environmental carcinogenesis. His most recent research, published in January, suggests that a good night’s sleep plays a significant role in reducing heart damage from radiation therapy. World renowned organizations including the NIH (National Institute of Health), … » More …

WSU student pharmacists present at ASHP in record numbers

The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting is an opportunity for pharmacy professionals from around the world to network, learn and discuss. One student described the event as a “madhouse” of health care professionals looking to get noticed among the thousands of potential employers who set up booths there. In December 2019, ASHP held their Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, where over 25,000 pharmacy professionals gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. WSU student pharmacists took part in the poster presentations in record numbers, with 36 students representing WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. ASHP Poster Presentations are informal discussions … » More …

Healthy for the holidays gift guide

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

If you’re looking for a gift to sustain mind and body wellness, why not consult an expert?

Healthcare professionals at Washington State University Health Sciences tell us some of the gifts they’ve given their friends and family—and themselves—that can help encourage exercise, sleep, relaxation or self‑care.

Here are their suggestions:

Marian Wilson

Assistant professor, WSU College of Nursing:

Health starts with a healthy planet! This year I intend to give gifts that will help reduce plastic waste like bamboo utensils, reusable bags for fruits and vegetables, and stainless-steel straws. I also try to give gifts that can be consumed … » More …

Army combat veteran on her journey to becoming a pharmacist

Monica Sines never imagined a career in pharmacy. As a driver in Tikrit and Mosul in Iraq, transporting Iranian, Iraqi and Pakistani workers safely to their destinations, 19-year-old Sines witnessed harrowing scenes while serving in the military.

“I saw things that people at that age should not see,” said Sines, who is now 35 and a third year at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pursuing her Doctor in Pharmacy.

Sines joined the military in November 2002 at age 18, just before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. After six years of service, Sines left the military in 2008 and received her bachelor’s degree … » More …

Finding the right dosing for children

Prescribe at your own risk. That is the general feeling that most doctors get when prescribing medicine to children. Due to ethical and legal challenges, conducting clinical trials on children has proven to be a major obstacle for drug researchers. In fact, many prescription drugs rarely go through clinical trials using children. As a result, doctors only have two options in pediatric care: 1. Don’t prescribe children drugs shown to be effective in adults, or 2. Prescribe drugs off-label to children at their own risk. That’s where Dr. Bhagwat Prasad, Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU, is transforming pediatric precision medicine so that drugs … » More …

New technology promises improved treatment of inflammatory diseases

By Judith Van Dongen, Office of Research, WSU Health Sciences Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A study led by researchers at Washington State University has uncovered a potential new treatment approach for diseases associated with inflammation, including sepsis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, acute lung injury, and atherosclerosis.

Published in the open-access journal Science Advances, their paper describes a novel, patent-pending technology that uses nanosized particles to transport cell-killing drugs directly to activated neutrophils, the cells that drive the exaggerated immune response involved in inflammatory diseases. They also demonstrated the technology’s feasibility at selectively killing activated neutrophils without harming other cell types or compromising the immune system.

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