April 11th, 2014
Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illnesses. Yellow nails can indicate a fungus.
Thinning hair can be caused by a thyroid condition. There are specific shampoos and treatment for thinning hair not caused by an illness.
Come to the health services satellite on April 16 from 10 am until 12 noon to find out more about skin and hair care.
April 2nd, 2014
Spring is here and so is the flu. We havebegun to see Flu activity on campus. This message is to remind you that the Flu is a very contagious respiratory illness that is passed from one person to another by coughing or sneezing. Although this is a very unpleasant illness, most people recover well within 7-10 days.
- sudden onset of fever 100-104, lasting 3-4 days
- extreme fatigue
- generalized weakness
- muscle aches
- may be accompanied by sore throat, dry cough, and or runny nose
If you have flu symptoms:
- stay in bed and rest
- drink plenty of fluids
- take non-aspirin pain/fever relievers such as Tylenol or Advil (following manufacturers directions)
- avoid public activity until 24 hrs without a fever
- email your professors and let them know that you are ill in bed, you do not need a note
Call Health Services if you think you have the flu and speak with a clinical practitioner so that we can assess whether you need to be seen. Worse symptoms such as shortness of breath, stiff neck, unable to keep fluids down or rash are more than the expected course of illness and need to be evaluated. 401-232-6220 x2
- it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, Health Services has some Flu vaccine if you haven't gotten it.
- wash hands often with regular soap
- avoid ill people
- sneeze or cough in the bend of your elbow
- good nutrition and get plenty of sleep
* Call our FLU HOTLINE for campus news regarding the flu - 401-531-6680
~ Susan Curran, Director of Health Services
March 20th, 2014
Did you know:
Marijuana increases heart rate by 20-100% shortly after smoking; this effect can last up to 3 hours . Marijuana users have a 4.8 fold increase in the risk of heart attack.
High doses of marijuana can produce a temporary psychotic reaction involving hallucinations and paranoia .
Come to the Health Services satellite clinic in the Fisher Center on march 26 from 10-12 noon to learn more.
March 13th, 2014
Legend has it that the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena to humanity. For centuries a gift of olive oil was a welcome treasure. Food lovers recognize the many culinary uses of the oil. And in recent years, a new awareness of many other benefits of olive oil has arisen.
Here are just a few benefits:
1. Helps you stay healthier into later life–The Mediterranean Diet -rich in olive oil- is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world
2. Conditions your hair–olive oil helps moisturize– apply 1/2 cup of warm olive oil to hair and scalp for 45 minutes, then shampoo and rinse
3. Exfoliates skin–while bathing, mix a palmful of olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar or salt, apply and massage gently over skin
4. Protects food from freezer burn–use as a protective seal for homemade sauces before you freeze them
So be creative and consider: What other uses and benefits could you get from the oil of the olive?
March 4th, 2014
More than 350 Million people in the US have a hearing loss. 65% of these are under the age of 65, and 25% are college age students. Loud noise, music can damage your hearing. The rule of thumb is if the person standing next to you can hear the music through your ear buds it is damaging your hearing!
To understand how this damage occurs lets review how we hear: sound waves enter the outer ear and travel along the ear canal leading to the ear drum. The ear drum vibrates from the sound waves and sends them to three tiny bones which send them into fluid located in a snail like organ filled with fluid call the cochlea. The vibrations in the fluid produces a wave against the tiny sensory hair cells which then move up and down sending a chemical which rushes into the cells and creates an electrical signal. this signal is then carried by the auditory nerve to the brain.
Loud noise kills these sensory hairs bit by bit until they fall over and die. Once this happens your hearing decreases. These cannot regrow. They are gone forever.
Many noises that are part of our daily living can damage our hearing: Sound is measured in decibels
30 Whisper - No risk
75 Dishwasher- No risk
85 Traffic- if close for along time could be a problem
90 Power Mower- wear ear plugs
95 Motorcycle-always wear hearing protection
100 Power drill- wear ear muffs
105 Personal Stereo-turn it down damages hearing
110 Concert-1 minute damages hearing wear ear plugs
120 Ambulance-Move away
140 Jet Engine- Ear Muffs if near by
150 Shot gun, Fireworks-wear ear protection
PROTECT YOUR HEARING AT ALL TIMES! Ear buds need to fit you properly to be effective.
College students often miss the mark when reporting hearing loss. Sometimes it happens so slowly you compensate and don't realize this has happened!
February 24th, 2014
Did you know…
It is estimated that we see 3000 advertising messages each day. These are often saturated with messages designed to make us hate out bodies? No wonder we often forget how awesome we are!
Please join us:
In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Health Services in conjunction with Counseling Services is sponsoring a program to foster healthy and appreciative body attitudes for Bryant and its community.
We will be decorating body flags with positive messages and hanging them so people can receive a different message than what they are usually bombarded with.
Come and be part of creating a healthier atmosphere for yourself and your friends.
Stop by the Fisher Student Center on Wednesday February 26th from 10am-12 noon.
Decorate a flag in support of yourself and your peers.
**Designed by students for students - to help make Bryant a safer and healthier place.
February 20th, 2014
If you have uncovered something you would like to talk about call health services. 401-232-6220
February 19th, 2014
Did you know that there is FREE HIV testing on the Bryant Campus? On every 4th Monday of each month during the school semester Health Services will offer free HIV testing from 2:00pm-4:00pm. No appointment is needed.
Many people do not know that they have high blood pressure until they get tested-same as HIV. According to the CDC more that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection. Since 2001, the number of new infections among 15-24 year old has increased.
If you are sexually active you should GET TESTED!!
Stop by the Health Service Satellite table in the Fisher center on Wednesday February 19th 10:00am - 12:00pm.
February 10th, 2014
- Allergy to peanuts affects 1.3% of the general population
- Peanuts are the leading cause of severe food allergy reactions, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs
- Reactions can include swelling, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal symptoms, and circulatory collapse
- Avoidance of peanuts can be difficult because they are commonly used as an adulterant in the preparation of foods
- Reactions can begin and proceed rapidly - - Therefore if you have a known allergy, always carry your Epi-Pen with you when going to eat—even if just snacking !
- Check out this link for more information: http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/peanut-allergy
~ Donna Tawse, Nurse Practitioner
February 3rd, 2014
It's the cold and flu season. When we are not feeling well, we reach out for medication to help us feel better. There are so many products out now that address many symptoms–multi-symptom relievers. There is a little bit of many different medicines to hit many different symptoms. It is so important to read the labels! Sometimes the medicine that has the fewest ingredients, addressing one symptom, will be the most effective. Please consider the following:
- Cold medicines usually contain allergy medicine and a decongestant. If you are already taking an allergy medication regularly for your allergies, you do not want to double the medication.
- Tylenol (Acetametaphine) is found in many cold and cough medications. Many times patients will say they took Tylenol for their fever and cold medication. That is too much Tylenol.
- More than 600 cold medications contain Tylenol.
- Prescription medications may also contain Tylenol denoted as APAP. Do not take Tylenol on top of this.
- Tylenol is a good medication, but can affect your liver if not taken at the recommended dose of 325mg every 4-6 hours.
- Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) is also a good medication for pain or fever and is very often found in cold medications.
- Ibuprofen can triple your risk of stroke if taken in excess because it makes you retain water, increasing your blood pressure and may form blood clots if taken in excess.
- The recommended dose for Ibuprofen is 400mg every 4-6 hrs. not to exceed 1200 in 24 hours.
- If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure - - the only cold medication you should be taking is Corocidin HBP found over the counter.
- If you are already on Aspirin - - many cold medications contain aspirin and too much will cause a bleeding problem or gastric ailments.
- Remember - - Read the labels, single is always best, ask a professional if you are unsure.
- Myth - - If a little medication works, doubling it or taking more will work better or faster. Think of a glass of water, once it is full, pouring more into it won't make it fuller, and it will just spill over. The same with extra medication, it will make you ill or you will excrete it.
- Don't forgot the old home remedies: honey for cough and steam showers for congestion work great too!