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Doctors

Ask the doc: November 2015

“How recover from several nights of insomnia ?”—Hydra B., Portland State University, OregonSleep problems are common for students and can have a huge impact on your ability to learn. They influence your mood,...
Man choosing produce

Ask the nutritionist: February 2016

“Are avocados actually healthy? Aren’t they full of fat?”—Darren M.*, Drexel University, Pennsylvania (*name changed)Yes and yes. Avocados provide many nutrients essential for your health.One cup of diced avocado contains roughly: 40% of the recommended...
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Ask the doc: Any tricks to protect my posture while taking notes?

—Angel J.*, University of Massachusetts Lowell Your posture is leading to some imbalance and probably overusing certain muscle groups. It’s a common ergonomic problem, especially during exam times or when putting in long hours...
Group counselling

Ask the counselor: How can I help a friend through a breakup?

“How can I help a friend through a breakup?”—Amy R., Saint Mary’s University, Nova ScotiaWe’ve all been there. What do you say? What can you do? We want to ease the pain and cheer...
Doctors

Ask the doc: Do I really need to get a flu shot?

“Do I really need to get a flu shot?"—Leah M., Michigan Technological UniversityYes.An emphatic yes if you are in one of these categories: You are at higher risk for complications from influenza; for example,...
Group of teachers

Ask the professor: December 2015

“If a professor is being unfair to you when it comes to passing or failing their class, who do you talk to about it?”—Alejandra C., Purdue University, Calumet, IndianaFrom my experience as a student...
Doctors

Ask the doc: December 2015

“When should I be concerned about stomach pain? ”—Rebecca H., Northern Illinois UniversityWhat matters is how much the stomach pain is interfering with your life. Ask yourself: Is the pain making it hard to sleep,...
Guy looking in the mirror

Ask the doc: “Is it normal for moles to appear a lot more when...

—Lizette G., University of the District of Columbia, Washington DCYes. It’s very common for people to acquire and lose moles over the course of their lifetime. Mole accumulation peaks in the 30s and after...
Group counselling

Ask the counselor: April 2016

“How do you know whether or not you have ADHD (ADD)?”—Julieta A., Florida Atlantic University To clear up some confusion: ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is an older term that’s no longer in clinical use...
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...