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Project aims to increase COVID-19 testing in Native populations

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Oct. 12, 2020-American Indian and Native Alaskan populations have been hit hard by the pandemic—exactly how hard, no one can say for sure, since there is a lack of information and testing in these communities.

A new project led by Dr. Dedra Buchwald, a physician and professor with WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, has received a $4.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to help address that knowledge gap and bring resources to curb the COVID-19 crisis within these populations. …Most of the people working on this project at the health programs will be from the tribal communities they serve, Buchwald said. “American Indian and Native Alaskan people are more knowledgeable about what is going on in their communities than outside researchers, and we want to make sure that we have good trusting relationships,” she said. “Our partners are really key to encouraging more people to get tested, and in the future, vaccinated, if determined to be desirable.”

Has the pandemic led to missed cancer diagnoses and other gaps in care? Local researchers want to find out

The Spokesman-Review By Arielle Dreher

Oct. 10, 2020-Researchers are working to understand the impact of the pandemic on cancer patients in Washington state, and specifically in the Inland Northwest.

When the pandemic hit in the spring, elective medical care and procedures ceased. Health care providers worried that patients were missing critical cancer screenings and check-ups during that time.


Scientists at WSU ESF College of Medicine have launched one of the first tracking tools that provides a daily snapshot into COVID-19 cases in rural communities across the country.

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July 29, 2020-Using data from The New York Times and other sources, the COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE) focuses specifically on highlighting rural urban inequities in COVID trends by county and provides a daily report on rural areas experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases. More specifically, the CURE tracker enables users to identify rural counties with both limited hospital capacity and where cases are rapidly growing.

When it comes to living to the ripe old age of 100, good genes help but don't tell the full story.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

SPOKANE, Wash (April 20, 2020)-Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study conducted by scientists at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.