Health Topics

Online Health Resources

Allergy & Asthma

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander. Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Many times these two diseases occur together.

Colds & Flu

A cold usually includes a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and coughing. These symptoms can last for up to two weeks. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Stomach flu is actually not the flu at all, but a virus called gastroenteritis, and can include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.

Dermatology

Dermatology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the skin, hair, and nails. It also focuses on maintaining the health of your skin.

Healthy Lifestyle

The quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Topics include: Nutrition, Mental Health & Relationships, Physical Activity, Sexual Health, and Safety.

Medication

It is important to understand how different medications can affect your body. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication to make sure you will not have any drug interactions.

Men's Health

Do you know the top men's health threats? The list is surprisingly short — including heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. Thankfully, most men's health threats are largely preventable. Make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and including physical activity in your daily routine. It's also important to manage risky behavior, such as drinking too much and engaging in casual sex.

Mental Health

Mentally healthy individuals lead productive lives, have fulfilling relationships with people, and have the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity. Stress, anxiety and depression are common signs and symptoms of mental distress. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of mental distress and know when to seek help for yourself or others.

Nutrition/Body Image

Eating a healthy diet can improve your physical health, your energy, and your mood. The goal of healthy eating is to develop a diet that you can maintain for life, while staying at a healthy weight. The basics to a healthy diet include consuming plenty of water, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimizing excess sugar and saturated fats.

Sexual Health

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

Women's Health

Women have unique health needs. Monthly periods, birth control, breast health, vaginal health, STIs, urinary tract health, and gynecological exams are common health concerns for college women. Wellness includes being educated about reproductive health, knowing how to manage gynecological symptoms, and recognizing when to seek professional care.