Health tips and more from the Hiram College Health Center

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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CDC Facts on the Zika Virus

As spring break is quickly approaching, many of us will be heading to warmer places to relax and unwind. The Zika virus has been in the news for several weeks and we felt the need to post this “Question and Answer Facts” from the CDC. Please don’t hesitate to call the Student Health Center if you have any further questions or concerns at (330) 569-5418.   What is Zika virus disease (Zika)? Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika...
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