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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
E-cigarette

5 things you didn’t know about vaping

Rate this article and enter to winBy now, you’ve probably seen people puffing on all sorts of odd-looking devices, walked through clouds of vapor on the street, and maybe even tried it yourself. There’s...
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Ask the doc: “What can I do about my high blood pressure?”

—Blake*, San Diego, California(*Name changed)While it’s unusual for young people to have high blood pressure, it’s by no means unheard of, especially as rates of activity decline and rates of obesity increase.High blood pressure,...
African American female walking on campus

Ask the counselor: “How do I survive in a racist community?”

—Gala, Sioux Center, IowaIt’s not easy being in a community that you feel has hatred toward others because of their race. It’s stressful to hear negative comments or see discrimination and feel like there...
Mixed race male studying

Ask the academic advisor: “I’m trying to figure out what the best study method...

—Tanner*, Camarillo, California (*Name changed)I’m so glad you asked this question because it gives me an opportunity to address the process of choosing effective study strategies. In the spirit of education, let me begin with...
Open beer bottles

How to be there for a friend when they’ve had too much to drink

Rate this article and enter to winYou’re out with your friends and everyone is enjoying themselves—swaying to the music and chatting, and perhaps some people are drinking. You notice one of them has had...
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Ask the doc: “How do I know if I have mono?”

—Camden*, Saint Louis, Missouri (*Name changed)I get this question fairly often. Here’s what’s important to know: Most students know someone who has been diagnosed with mono (infectious mononucleosis) in the past year and a...
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Ask the health educator: “How do you reject someone who likes you?”

—Jaime*, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada(*Name changed)Having someone—especially if it’s a friend—like you when you don’t feel the same way about them can be extremely tough! On the one hand, you don’t want to hurt their...
Girl on laptop

Ask the academic advisor: “What are some good strategies to get over writer’s block?”

—Amy, Fredericton, New Brunswick, CanadaHmmm…what can I say about writer’s block? Oh look, there are some funny cat videos I need to watch on YouTube.In all seriousness, writer’s block affects everyone who has ever...
Young male smiling in class

Ask the doc: Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in...

"Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep in class or while studying?" —Larry, University Park, Pennsylvania Short answer: Yes.Longer answer: For some background, there are two common causes for the phenomenon...
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Ask the trainer: For someone who has never worked out, where is the best...

"For someone who has never worked out, where is the best place to start?"— Kerriene, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWe know exercise is good for us, with long-term benefits (e.g., stronger bones and lower blood pressure)...