Health tips and more from the Hiram College Health Center

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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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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Debris to Delicious: How to make a dorm-sized greenhouse from old containers

Most of us have an excess of stuff. Maybe your parents have a basement full of old containers and pet cages or a tool shed full of unused garden supplies. Even in a dorm room, you can usually find that drawer of odds and ends. What can we do with our mugs, old aquariums, or old plastic containers? Over the winter break, I started turning them into tiny greenhouses for my townhouse. I worked as a gardener over the summer and I wanted to get an infusion of that summer cheer that you get from nurturing plants and eating fresh food....
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