Category Archives: HEALTH

Aromatherapy Made Easy

Society Staff Writer | Reagan Main | rm781614@ohio.edu

With midterms approaching, we’re all looking for ways to alleviate our stress. Finding time for self-care is difficult when you also have to balance work, studying and a social life. However, simple and natural help is available. Aromatherapy, an alternative medicinal practice that uses essential oils to promote wellbeing, could be the easy cure to stress that you’re looking for.

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A Positive Period Alternative

Emma Stefanoff| es068015@ohio.edu | intagram/twitter-@emmastefanoff

Menstrual cycles — a topic that no one seems to want to deal with or talk about but they will continue to occur, month after month. Pads and tampons are the common feminine hygiene products used to take care of the blood, but some people just don’t feel comfortable with either. However, there’s another option. Healthy, ecological, and economical are all words used to describe this modern alternative — menstrual cups.

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Cure for Gonorrhea? Gone.

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Ian Kenyon |ik656315@ohio.edu

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. With college students being at the highest risk for STI’s, they should be aware that the World Health Organization announced that gonorrhea is becoming incurable. Strains of the disease have emerged worldwide that are antibiotic-resistant, creating many issues for scientists and doctors, who are now searching desperately for new cures.

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3-D Reality Braces

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Kalila Bell | kb740513@ohio.edu

Technology has taken the wildest dreams of science fiction fans and made them a reality. From hover boards that let you float down the sidewalk, to 3-D printing technology that can create everything including medical devices and the Green Goblin’s suit from The Amazing Spider Man 2, which was completely 3-D printed. According to the Wohlers Report from 2015, the 3-D printing industry is expected to grow from 3.07 billion in 2013 to 21 billion by 2018.

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How Defunding Planned Parenthood Affects yOU

Society Staff Writer | Kalila Bell | kb740513@ohio.edu

Governor Kasich, pictured right, signed a bill in October to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Governor Kasich, pictured right, signed a bill in October to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Imagine you’ve come home from school for the summer for a checkup and found, to your dismay, that you’ve contracted an STI. Fortunately, it’s a treatable one, but you don’t want your family to know and you’re not sure what the next step is. The services offered through the university cannot help you now since you’re off campus. So what are your options?

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A Colorful Way to Deal with Stress

Society Staff Writer | Sarah Blankenship | sb856312@ohio.edu

When you’re a student, it is an unspoken truth that you will probably get stressed from time to time. Whether you are prone to anxiety or not, there are a few times during the school year when you are destined to feel extra stressed, like during finals week. Next time you need to take a break, consider pulling out a handy dandy coloring book. That’s right, kids aren’t the only ones that get to color anymore because adult coloring books are the latest craze.

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The American Red Cross Faces Emergency Drop in Blood

Society Staff Writer | Alex Keller | ak537113@ohio.edu | @Alex_Keller10

The Red Cross has issued a rare "emergency need" for blood. Source: Manchester City Library via Flickr
The Red Cross has issued a rare “emergency need” for blood. Source: Manchester City Library via Flickr

As the New Year settles in, Mother Nature continues to shake things up with dangerous snowstorms. These drastic changes in weather have caused many issues for the American Red Cross’ efforts to collect blood. On Jan. 11, the American Red Cross sent out a press release stating they were in “urgent need” for blood. Due to a low supply of blood, an increase in donations are necessary in order to avoid a negative impact on patient care. According to the official Red Cross website, the urgent need was due to 1,700 fewer blood drives held in November and December across the country, resulting in 50,000 fewer donations. Continue reading The American Red Cross Faces Emergency Drop in Blood

Imaginary Audiences: Dealing With Social Anxiety In College

Society Section Editor | Korina Meister | km912013@ohio.edu

Imagine that you hear about a great party going on tonight — you’re pretty excited for it, and spend an hour jamming out to pump up tunes and getting ready. You start to head out the door, and fear sets in. What if you say something foolish? What if people don’t like your outfit? What if something goes wrong? Suddenly you’re in a panic, and decide that it’s best if you stay in for the night, convincing yourself that you didn’t really want to go anyway. This is a simplified picture of what those with social anxiety can face.

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Is Group Fitness for You? 9 Ping Classes You Should Be Trying

Staff Writer | Sarah Blankenship | sb856312@ohio.edu

Ping offers a variety of free group fitness classes for students to try. Source: Miranda Vandagriff
Ping offers a variety of free group fitness classes for students to try. Source: Miranda Vandagriff

Need someone to yell at you to actually make you workout? Sadly, I do. This semester, I started to go to Ohio University’s fitness center, Ping, religiously and group fitness is the only way I get anything done. From tighten and tone to yoga, I have enjoyed some classes and dreaded others. If you’re thinking about trying out a work out class, here are some choices to consider:

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What’s in Your Tea?

Society Staff Writer | Korina Meister | km912013@ohio.edu

Tea has become an increasingly popular drink over the past few years because it has the caffeine found in coffee, plus great health benefits. It has been found to lower the risk of depression, contain antioxidants and support the immune system. Stores like Teavana sell tea products exclusively, including dozens of types of loose leaf teas. Unfortunately, the leading chain is not only ripping off customers with their products, but it is also deceiving them with unknown additives.

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