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When I take my elderly mother to the emergency room, the nurse asks how much pain she is in, on a scale of 1 to 10. There is a chart with pictures of little smiley faces, neutral faces, and grimacing faces to help a person — perhaps a child — determine a number. Pain management is an important part of human medicine.
Despite what the 17th century philosopher and naturalist René Descartes said about animals being merely organic machines, it’s clear to me they feel pain in a manner similar to us. But we can’t ask Fido or Felix to tell us what they are ... » More ...
Do you have a good gut feeling about apples? Your body may — and that could be important to your overall health.
Some of the components of apples survive their trip through the upper part of the human digestive tract. Non-digestible compounds, including fiber and substances called polyphenols, stand up to chewing and the effects of enzymes in spit. They even remain intact after a bath in stomach acid. These compounds move all the way to the colon, where they undergo a transformation that can be quite beneficial to you.
The non-digestible compounds are fermented in the colon. That’s right, you could say you have ... » More ...
November 2014WSU wins national award for water-saving research
Water scarcity – one of the toughest challenges predicted for the 21st century – is being addressed by Washington State University. As part of a multistate research program, WSU is among 19 land-grant universities honored recently for efforts to help farmers irrigate land more efficiently, especially during droughts and water shortages.
“A safe, reliable supply of water is inextricably linked to food security,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
“The five-fold increase in irrigated acres that took place during the 20th century cannot ... » More ...
In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.
As part of Extension’s year-long celebration, we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to share their reflections on how Extension programs, services, and people have enriched their lives.