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Top five issues in college health and SMU’s resources to deal with them

October 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0 comments

College health is a huge field in medicine. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are currently 13 million students in the United States alone enrolled in higher education. The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that there are 27.3 college health staff for every 10,000 students […]

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Consistency leads to a better nights sleep

October 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm 0 comments

Sleeping poorly each day builds something called “sleep debt”. If left unchecked, this sleep debt can manifest itself as health problems such as weight gain, increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, mental and physical fatigue and increased risk of heart disease. Sleep deprivation in college has been linked with […]

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Guidelines of Healthy Foods

Guidelines of Healthy Foods

October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0 comments

Every elementary school student has seen a picture of the food pyramid. The food pyramid is a useful tool to concisely explain the basics of nutrition to children. The theory behind the food pyramid is that the areas in which the pyramid are larger, like fruits, vegetables, and certain meats […]

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The Effects of Caffeine

The Effects of Caffeine

October 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0 comments

Caffeine has become such an important part of the average American’s morning and, oftentimes, afternoons. According to a study by the US Food and Drug Administration, the average American consumes two to four amounts of coffee each day. The health benefits and health risks of caffeine have been hotly debated […]

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The Debate on GMOs

The Debate on GMOs

September 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm 0 comments

Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s, have been a huge topic of discussion for Americans in the past ten years. The general consensus of studies on genetically modified organisms for consumption is that there is usually risk. They have no harm on your health – or at least no more than […]

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College students and sleeping problems

September 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm 0 comments

Not getting enough sleep is a struggle for every college student in America. Whether it’s due to studying all night or hanging out with friends, its seems like some people are just perpetually tired. Everyone knows what not getting enough sleep does to your body – we’ve all experienced it […]

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Students’ mental health issues concerns colleges

Students’ mental health issues concerns colleges

September 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm 0 comments

College can be a stressful time both academically and socially for every student. College students’ mental health is a growing concern in the United States. Over 95 percent of college counseling said “the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern in their center or on campus,” […]

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Effects of pulling all-nighters on health and grades

Effects of pulling all-nighters on health and grades

September 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm 0 comments

The first round of tests is coming up very soon or has already passed for many SMU students. This means for many students, staying up all night with a fridge full of energy drinks. Sometimes, all-nighters are unavoidable. Killer weeks with multiple tests or essays are just bad luck. However, […]

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Misconceptions about food

September 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm 0 comments

There are a ton of misconceptions about which foods are healthy and which are not. Nutrition myths rise and fall as new diet or eating trends become popular through mainstream media. Some foods, however, may not be so bad for you after all, like chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and red meat. […]

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Avoiding the flu

September 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

Every year, the flu and other viral infections plague colleges across campus. SMU is no exception. You probably have a friend or at least know someone who’s sick right now. NPR estimates that 1 out of every 4 college students in America will get the flu each year. Being sick […]

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