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Nicotine Questions: Answered

The Docs explain the dangers of nicotine use and the reasons behind its UC-wide ban.
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Five Myths of Adderall and Ritalin Debunked

“Within the last 12 months, have you taken any of the following prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you: Stimulants (e.g. Ritalin, Adderall)?”
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Happiness as Easy as One, Two, Three

Earlier this week, I went to Mark Shishim's office, The Wellness Guy. "Mark, give me a wellness idea to write about," I ask. "Simple," he tells me, "Three good things."
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“Fat Talk” Fosters Unhealthy Ideals

Last week I asked the deli woman for a quarter pound of their red, white and blue potato salad. The women in line with me said, "Have you tried that?" I said, "Oh yes, it is tasty. If you like blue c...
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Tips for Tokers, Insight for Imbibers

A few questions about alcohol and drugs have come my way. I was curious, so I asked UCSB Alcohol &Drug counselor-educator Stuart Light, MFTI, to help me give you the answers.
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Get Your Health Info From Smart Sources

When researching the Internet for health information, look at research based Web sites managed by the government or a legitimate institution. Bring questions and concerns to your primary care provider...
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Student Health Services Prove a Powerful Force for Good on Campus

In 1977, a movie, "Star Wars," came out and introduced us to "The Force," Luke Skywalker and a Wookie named Chewbacca. With a mixture of religion, light sabers, droids and rebels battling the evil Emp...
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Real Talk: Sex at UCSB

Sports writers are saying that Super Bowl XLIII is the greatest ever. My emotions rose and fell like a rollercoaster while watching the record 100-yard interception by a 245-pound linebacker returned ...
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Winter Health Depends on Flu Shots

"At Student Health, we have seen well over double the number of flu cases last year [Winter 2008] as compared to the same time periods in the past five winters," Dr. Elizabeth Downing, director of UCS...
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Looking to have great sex?

The Health Guy chats about how to get what you REALLY want out when you hit the sack with a partner (or partners, if that's how you like it!).
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The Health Column

It's only the first week of school, but do you feel it? Papers, phone calls, parties, midterms, mothers, mistakes, boyfriends, girlfriends, bi-friends, friendships, roommates, mixing, working, chargin...
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Wash Your Hands, Save a Life

I was using the bathroom at Tugman State Park in Oregon this summer. Four guys came in, did their bathroom business and then left without washing their hands. At Valley of the Rogue and Humbug Mountai...
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