Health tips and more from the Hiram College Health Center

Tobacco Facts and Cessation Opportunities

Tobacco Facts and Figures Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems. Who smokes? Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.  9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 98% start smoking by age 26. 1 in 5 adults and teenagers smoke. In 2011, an estimated 19% of U.S....
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Why Breakfast is the Worst Time to Eat 'Breakfast Foods'

  Why Breakfast Is the Worst Time to Eat ‘Breakfast Foods’ Roxanne B. Sukol, MD   You may be surprised to learn that breakfast is the one meal of the day that should not include those so-called “breakfast foods” like toast, bagels, muffins, waffles, pancakes, cereal, biscuits, bread and grits. Here’s why: Items containing large amounts of sugar, white flour and corn syrup are rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream. This makes sense. After all, the fact that they have been stripped of their germ and fiber coat means that they’re already partially broken down before you even eat them. Remember that the more quickly...
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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy.  Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to go for a nice hike in the woods or plant some flowers in your garden? Unfortunately, hiking and gardening can often result in an unwanted case of Poison Ivy.  Brushing against a poison ivy plant can cause a red, itchy rash with swelling, bumps and blisters that will start to appear 12-48 hours after exposure. Frequently, the rash takes a linear form due to the way the plant sweeps across the skin. An effective approach to treating the symptoms of poison ivy is a histamine...
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The Effects of Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

  Researchers from Duke University, Wake Forest University, and the University of North Carolina published a report on the effects of alcohol on the adolescent brain. The report examines the differences between the developing adolescent brain and the brain of an adult and evaluates how these differences affect the way the body reacts when alcohol is consumed. To access the report, click here.  
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Oral Care and Your Health

What's the connection between oral health and overall health? Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping...
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