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Hyper kids? Research shows sugar isn’t the culprit

Parents long have blamed their children’s “bouncing off the wall” behavior on eating too much sugar, but experts say there’s no truth to it. “It’s a myth that sugar causes hyperactivity,” says Mark Wolraich, professor emeritus in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Yet, he acknowledges, “it’s still a strong belief. … Sometimes it’s very hard to change embedded impressions of what affects behavior.”
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YWCA Women of Achievement awards: Denise Smart

Denise Smart’s work as a registered nurse spans more than four decades, taking her from a remote town in Alaska to serving as a military public health officer. Now a professor at Washington State University who is working on multiple research projects, Smart has been recognized for her dedication to her community with the 2024 YWCA Women of Achievement Science, Technology and Environment award.

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Some 11% of U.S. children have been diagnosed with ADHD

More than 1 in 10 children in the United States – about 11% of those ages 5 to 17 – have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
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WSU partners in study finding Type 1 diabetes glucose fluctuations hamper brain function

With swings too low or high in blood glucose levels, Type 1 diabetes patients showed slower and less accurate quick thinking in cognitive testing, based on a joint study. Researchers with Washington State University and McLean Hospital found the most dramatic effects on cognitive function was seen at low glucose levels. This understanding could play a role in prevention of long-term cognitive issues for Type 1 patients. It's best to avoid glucose extremes even in middle age, said co-senior author Naomi Chaytor, at WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
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House call: Keep Narcan on hand for seniors using opioids

Many older adults rely on opioid pain medications to help relieve short-term pain or for persistent chronic pain. But seniors might not be the first group that pops into your head when you think about overdose or dependence on opioid drugs. Realistically, they have just as much risk (and sometimes more) of dependence, substance use disorder and overdose as any other person prescribed opioid pain medication.
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Recent Spokane UW med school grads share hopes of healing as residencies come into focus

Caitlin Quaempts, a new Spokane medical school graduate, has lined up a family medicine residency this June for a path she hopes leads back to the Yakama Nation. After her three-year residency in Klamath Falls, Oregon, she'd like to be a family practice doctor for tribal members – just as her father has. She is a Yakama direct descendent of her dad, Rex Matthew Quaempts, a longtime family doctor for Indian Health Services. Another classmate, Lili Szabo, recently matched to a Spokane internal medicine residency with Providence Sacred Heart, and she hopes to remain here. Both Quaempts and Szabo are among a 2024 class of 60 graduates from the University of Washington School of Medicine's Spokane site. They celebrated "match day" on March 15 for their selections into medical residency programs.
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Want advice on getting a good night’s sleep? UW expert set to talk in Spokane

A researcher in pivotal sleep studies is scheduled to speak Tuesday night at Gonzaga University about why enough nightly slumber ties into brain wellness. Jeffrey Iliff, a sleep researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine, plans to share new findings and advice on how to ensure the right type of sleep that's needed for the brain to function at its best. For audience questions, he'll be joined later by Dr. Don Howard, a Providence sleep medicine specialist and pulmonary doctor. The 6 p.m. Next Generation Medicine lecture, hosted by the UW School of Medicine and GU health partnership, is scheduled at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.