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Ask the doc: What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?

—Jamie K.*, Ashford University (online) (*Name changed)I spent a winter break working at Okemo Mountain as a lift operator. I was staying on a hill across the valley from the mountain and had a...
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Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

—Jordan V.*, University of North Dakota(*Name changed)As I write this response, I’m listening to a radio station, checking Facebook (for the news, really), and monitoring my email for…well, in case I can find something...
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Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

—Jessica G., Our Lady of the Lake University, TexasNo matter what time of day you’re going to be active, having a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Our body needs energy, and you’ll get...
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Ask the professor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

—Jennifer W., Pasadena City College, CaliforniaGlad you asked this question, but I am going to use my “editor” cap to add the word “good” before “recommendation letter” as I know that is really what...
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Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

—Jayden*, Portland State University, OregonYes, in ways both large and small. Are there students who drink from time to time and still manage to get good value out of their investment in higher education?...
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Ask the health educator: Can ‘pulling out’ prevent pregnancy?

—Cris M.*, Georgia Gwinnett CollegeI get a lot of questions about the pullout method, also known as coitus interruptus or the withdrawal method. It’s the third most commonly used form of birth control among...
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Ask the doc: Any tricks to protect my posture while taking notes?

—Angel J.*, University of Massachusetts Lowell Your posture is leading to some imbalance and probably overusing certain muscle groups. It’s a common ergonomic problem, especially during exam times or when putting in long hours...
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Ask the professor: How can you stop feeling like a bad week means you’re...

—Tony S.*, University of Massachusetts Lowell Oh, boy, there are times still that I have bad days when I feel as though I’m not the smartest person on the planet. It usually happens when...
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Ask the trainer: How can I avoid soreness after a workout?

—Emi D., Wheaton College, MassachusettsWorking out generally makes us feel great. However, sometimes after a workout, we experience muscle soreness for a few days. Physical activity, specifically eccentric contractions (the lengthening phase of muscle...
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Ask the health educator: Are there physical benefits to sex?

—Carson G., University of North DakotaYes!First, it’s important to define sex. Sex can be with yourself (masturbation) or with others. It’s a consensual act between partners engaging in any agreed-upon activity. Here are some...