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Prescription Drugs and the Environment

Jackie Kurta, Director of the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program, explains why we should be concerned about our spread of drugs into the environment
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HPV, Alcoholism, Allergies… We’ve Got It All

Q: Apparently, HPV is rampant among college students. As a female, I’m afraid of getting it and then developing cervical cancer. How can I protect myself against contracting HPV? Is the Gardasil vac...
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New Year, New Questions for the Docs: Advice on Eating Right and Avoiding the Flu

1. Coffee is a necessity for me, especially when school gets into full swing. Are there healthier alternatives for that much-needed energy boost and is it OK that I indulge my caffeine fix daily? It d...
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Finals Bells Are A’Ringin’…‘Tis the Season for Adderall? (Medical Opinions on the Popular Study Drug)

1. My friends tell me that there is nothing better than Adderall if I need to study all night. I hear about it all the time, but what exactly is it? Adderall is the brand name (brand names are used by...
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Medical Know-How That Will Keep You “Regular” and Smiling Brightly

Q: I need to kick my ass in gear study-wise since midterms are fast approaching. I don’t foresee myself popping any pills, but is there anything stronger than coffee to help? And how much coffee is ...
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Fun, Sun, Lube and the Occasional Roach: UCSB Docs’ Advice on Your Most Pressing Health Questions

Q: Why should I get a flu shot? People always tell me it actually gives you the flu! A: You smart college students should know that a killed, sterilized tiny particle of influenza virus in the flu sho...
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“Is It Just An Itch?” [and Other Questions Only a Medical Professional Should Answer]

Q: Sometimes my breasts simply hurt. Is there anything to worry about or is this normal? A: Don’t worry, but do come in for a breast exam to be sure what you’re feeling is normal. Hormonal changes...
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