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Man choosing produce

Ask the nutritionist: May 2016

“Sugar (e.g., candy bars) is the only thing that gets me to sit down and study. How do I stop this habit?”—Madeline L., University of DelawareSugary foods cause a spike in blood sugar that...
Ask the doc: “How can I stay awake while studying?”

Ask the doc: “How can I stay awake while studying?”

"Is there anything I can do to prevent falling asleep while studying?"—Larry C., Pennsylvania State UniversityShort answer: Yes.Longer answer: For some background, there are two common causes for the phenomenon you describe: sleep debt...
Group counselling

Ask the counselor: October 2015

“When someone betrays me, I have a hard time getting over it. Any tips?”—S.B.*, University of Victoria, British ColumbiaIt feels terrible when someone betrays you. It might seem like the relationship is broken forever....
Doctors

Ask the doc: Is it possible to get too much sleep?

“Is it possible to get too much sleep?”—Ana H., Towson University, MarylandNot exactly. But are there circumstances in which the amount of sleep someone is requiring would be concerning? Yes.It’s common to meet with...
Girl peeking through her hand

Ask the counselor: “How can I be less insecure?”

—Adam C.*, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC (*Name changed)Congratulations! You’ve already completed the first step in becoming less insecure. You’re asking what you can do, which shows you already have confidence...
Trainer in the gym

Ask the trainer: January 2016

“What exercises could the average student do to eliminate neck pain caused by spending too many hours sitting over a desk? ”—Amber O., California State University, San BernardinoWhether we are at home completing an...
Tired girl, taking a break from working out

Ask the trainer: What are the signs that you’re working out too much/inefficiently?

—Catherine N., University of WyomingIf you’ve been on a regular workout routine and aren’t seeing the results that you want, or aren’t feeling great despite your efforts, that can be very frustrating. Working out...
Trainer in the gym

Ask the trainer: June 2016

“How can I prevent and fix shin splints?”—Michael S. Wilmington University, DelawareFeeling a nagging, sharp pain in the shin after an intense workout or run? This is shin splints, miniature stress fractures in the...
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Ask the trainer: “For someone who has never worked out, where is the best...

"For someone who has never worked out, where is the best place to start?"—Kerriene E., Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyWe know exercise is good for us, with long-term benefits (e.g., stronger bones and lower...
Doctors

Ask the doc: October 2015

“Is it recommended to have freckles checked out if they’ve gotten darker?”—C.K.*, Rochester Community and Technical College, MinnesotaI wonder, Claire, if you’re thinking of moles. Freckles themselves aren’t at risk of becoming cancerous, but...