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Volume 35 Issue 6

Overcast weather and the time change can contribute to 'winter blues' >

November 7th, 2002

If you’re suddenly feeling out of sorts, drained of energy and craving sweets, blame it on the change of season. In some northern areas, as much as 80 percent of the population has some form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly called the winter blues, according to Mary Heath, clinical coordinator at the Faculty and […]

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KILLER BACTERIA: UPMC program takes path of least resistance >

November 7th, 2002

Antibiotic resistance — when bacteria develop resistance to drugs designed to cure or prevent infections — is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And CDC officials cite overuse of antibiotics as the worst offender in spreading resistance. To fight the resistance menace, […]

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KILLER BACTERIA: 'The ultimate in antibiotic resistance' >

November 7th, 2002

The first two cases of infection caused by vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) in the United States were detected this year — in Pennsylvania and Michigan — according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. “VRSA is regarded as the ultimate in antibiotic resistance, a really nasty germ that can kill in its […]

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KILLER BACTERIA: What you and your doctor should know >

November 7th, 2002

With another cold and flu season approaching, many physicians will be prescribing antibiotics to help patients cope with aches, chills, coughs and sniffles. There are two problems with this: • Antibiotics are useless against viral infections such as the common cold, influenza and most sore throats. • Overuse of antibiotics is the leading promoter of […]

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"Who stole my cheese?" program explains how to deal with change >

November 7th, 2002

As an anonymous wag once put it: “The only one who likes change is a wet baby.” But change is a fact of life and we all have to deal with it, according to a Faculty and Staff Assistance Program/EAP Solutions speaker. “There is almost always a duality about change,” Linda Neuenschwander said. “Change means […]

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How to avoid the flu and what to do if you get it >

November 7th, 2002

As soon as the weather changes and the temperatures drop, flu season is not far behind. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention estimate that 35 million-50 million Americans will come down with the flu this season. Of those, more than 20,000 will die from the flu and its complications, according to CDC […]

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