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Be Antibiotics Aware

So you’re feeling sick—you go to see the doctor, and they give you your diagnosis. But they don’t give you antibiotics… why? Haven’t people told us that antibiotics help us feel better when we’re...
Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference...
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Ask the doc: “I get sick often. What are the signs that I should...

Not sure if your sickness requires a doctor's visit? Here's how to tell.
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Know how to protect yourself from getting sick? Take the quiz

Test your knowledge of how to prevent common infections with this quiz.
Cold or Flu?

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

You wake up sick: headache, sniffles, cough. What if you have the flu? Or is it just a cold? Maybe you should go to Redfern, but you don’t want to get out of bed...
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Your vaccination guide: Which ones you need, what they do, and where to get...

Rate this article and enter to winIn college, more than just your class schedule and study habits shift—for many students, college is a time to start taking control of your own health care. Instead...
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Ask the doc: “What are the best things to eat and drink when you...

—Karina A., California State University, FresnoColds are pretty common, especially when you’re sharing your space with hundreds or thousands of other students on campus. And if you’re run down with the sniffles, your appetite...
Antibiotics

Antibiotics: When Do You Actually Need Them?

A SHORT HISTORY OF ANTIBITOICSBefore the discovery of antibiotics, people commonly died from bacterial infections caused by anything from strep throat to a paper cut. Then, in 1928, a miracle drug was discovered: penicillin,...
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Ask the doc: What’s a good way to avoid catching a cold when other...

—Joshua S., Portland State University, Oregon(*Name changed)Cold-causing viruses circulate readily in college communities, and they disrupt students’ academics and other activities, so it’s absolutely worth minimizing our exposure to them. We have easy ways...
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Self-care for colds

The “common” cold can be caused by over 200 viruses. Since there’s no cure, focus on alleviating your symptoms. They usually last between a week and 10 days and include: Sore throat, cough Stuffy nose, sneezing,...