June 10th, 2014
We would like to extend to you a very warm welcome to the Bryant University Family. We know that you will be as pleased to be here as we are to have you, and we look forward to welcoming you in the Fall. Be assured that the Health Services staff will be here for you whenever you need us.
Health Requirements for all incoming students (resident and commuters), are due by August 1, 2014. Please take a look at the requirements now as you may need immunizations that require a months distance between the doses. Follow the link below to view the requirements and instructions for the on-line health forms. You log into my.bryant.edu and click on the Medicat Icon. All of the directions are found here. Please do not fax, email, or mail the forms. This is an online process to feed right into your electronic medical record.
Again welcome, it will be a wonderful journey here at Bryant.
April 30th, 2014
Health Services would like to congratulate the senior class. We have a small gift for you. Please come by the office Thursday, May 8th or Friday, May 9th to pick it up.
April 28th, 2014
A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear that reaches a peak within a few minutes and includes at least 4 of the following symptoms:
- a feeling of imminent danger or doom
- the need to escape
- heart palpitations
- shortness of breath or a smothering feeling
- a feeling of choking
- chest pain or discomfort
- nausea or abdominal discomfort
- a sense of things being unreal
- a fear of losing control
- a fear of dying
- chills or heat flush
Since many of the symptoms mimic other illnesses, people can make many visits to emergency rooms or doctor's offices before being diagnosed. Panic attacks are both real and treatable. For more information and to screen yourself for the disorder visit the website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America at www.adaa.org.
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