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What's the Connection Between Oral health and Overall 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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Flu Shot Facts

Don’t Let the Flu Find You   According to the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), getting a flu vaccination  is the best way to keep from getting and spreading the virus, and the good news is it’s available at the Health Center. While flu season doesn't typically start until October, the Centers for Disease Control encourages people to start getting the vaccine now, because immunity often takes a couple weeks to develop and immunization is most effective if received prior to exposure.    What flu viruses does this season’s vaccine protect against? CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and...
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Time Management

Time Management Tips    Make a to-do list at the beginning of your week.  Look ahead to assignments, tests, papers, etc. that need to be worked on and completed. Put the most important tasks at the top, even if they're things you're dreading, and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list too, so you have items you're looking forward to. Try motivating yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list.   Keep your work with you. If you have extra time between classes or an unexpected cancellation in your schedule, you can...
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College Health and Safety

College Health and Safety   Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It’s a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. There are all kinds of tests in college--beyond those you take for a grade. Examples include: Social and sexual pressures. The temptation of readily available alcohol, drugs, and unhealthy food. The challenge of getting enough sleep. Stress from trying to balance classes, friends, homework, jobs, athletics, and leadership positions.    Managing stress and maintaining good balance is important. A few ways to manage stress are to get enough sleep ,...
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Welcome

Welcome! We would like to say hello to you and welcome new and returning students to Hiram College. The purpose of this blog post is to give you a brief overview of the medical care available at the Student Health Center (SHC). Our mission is to help you remain healthy while at Hiram College. Should you have any medical concerns, please remember that we are here to help. We strive to provide excellent medical care to all eligible patients.  Scheduling Appointments The SHC offers medical care in an efficient and timely manner. We offer same-day or next-day appointments to traditional students....
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