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Most people love a good comeback story–but not when it refers to a long dormant disease like the mumps. UHS has recently confirmed that three UW-Madison students have been diagnosed with mumps. You may have only heard of the mumps as an illness you’re vaccinated for when you’re a toddler. These vaccinations have turned the […]
Also known as the stomach flu
While many students stay on campus or go home to see friends or family on Spring Break, others escape to warm beaches and sunny mountain tops. If you’re traveling this Spring Break, keep the following tips in mind during your vacation: If you plan on drinking: Know your limits. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water; avoid […]
And just like that, spring break is right around the corner! While some use spring break as a time to fly out to warmer temperatures, many students choose to stick around campus or venture home. Spring break is a great time to bounce out of old, unhealthy habits and start newer, healthier ones. Instead of […]
You feel tired all the time and everyone around seems to be sick just as you feel have a nagging cough coming on. You decide it’s time to figure out what is going on with your own health and you fire up the old Google machine. After perusing the net, you’ve narrowed down your illness […]
In the past year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has seen an increase in the number of measles cases in the United States. According to the CDC, almost all U.S. measles cases in 2013 involved patients who were infected overseas or caught the disease from someone who had traveled internationally. A recent […]
Pertussis is spread when people cough or sneeze near others, who then proceed to breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
Pneumonia is spread through respiratory droplets; that means you spread it every time you sneeze, cough, drip, or exhale.
When we think of getting medicine, we are generally thinking of a doctor prescribing antibiotics. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses. What causes the most common symptoms? VIRUSES. In fact, antibiotics do not help fight viruses and can actually increase your risk for getting an infection in the future. So before you ask your […]
There is no cure for the common cold. Hard to swallow isn’t it? (No pun intended if you’re suffering from a sore throat). If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for one to two weeks, and unfortunately, there is no cure. “But surely a doctor can give me something to make […]