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Your college dorm room is likely home to plenty of dirty roommates--including some you don't even know about. In this video, we'll dig into the dirt and bacteria in your dorm, and discuss the health risks of forgoing basic hygiene.
Transcript: If you're like most college students, you have a roomate-but we bet you didn't know that you actually...
If you're like most college students, you have a roomate-but we bet you didn't know that you actually share your room with countless others. It's true: That dorm room you call home is also home to bacteria, viruses, mold, dust, mites, and more. Take, for example, your shared sink and shower area, both of which have more than 100,000 forms of bacteria living in them-and that's in the bathrooms that are cleaned weekly, Health magazine attests! Meanwhile, the same magazine found that water fountains in the hallway are home to 2.7 million forms of bacteria on the spigot alone. Unfortunately, your room isn't much better, as both your mattress and carpet host dust mites and possibly even bed bugs, both of which can cause rashes. And if you live in an older dorm, your heating system has probably been spreading the same dust and mold throughout your building for years. Now that we've given you the bad news, here's the good: You can avoid most of these germs with some simple know-how. For starters, wash your hands before every meal, and do so habitually. Why? For one thing, the University of Wisconsin found that one-third of college-aged men, and one-fifth of college-aged women don't, which is pretty appalling when you consider that 80% of all infections are spread via hand contact! In the bathroom, always wear flip-flops and never set your toothbrush on the sink when you're not using it. You can eliminate 99.9 percent of dust mites by dedicating yourself to vacuuming your carpet and stripped-down bed every other week. These are simple steps, but they'll save you a lot of time that might otherwise have been spent at the health center during your college career!More »
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Everyone experiences a broken heart at some point, but for some people, a break up can be the cause of deep depression. In this video, we'll look at how ending relationships can effect college students, and how to cope if your own heart is broken.
Transcript: "Breaking up is hard to do," and you didn't need a song to tell you that. If you are afraid of the emotional...
"Breaking up is hard to do," and you didn't need a song to tell you that. If you are afraid of the emotional consequences of ending your current relationship, it may not be as difficult as you think. According to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, college students underestimate their ability to survive heartache. But, if you're not among those who are feeling better than expected, here are some tips on how to cope with the end of a relationship'. It's vital to remember that the relationship, not your life, has ended. The pain of breaking up will pass with time. You will get over the pain. Want proof? Check out this study, which showed that within one year of a college breakup, 95-percent of students reported feeling "happy" and "recovered." While you're working through the heartache of your break-up, try to focus on parts of your life which have nothing to do with your ex. Take weekend trips with friends, join a new club, or even ask a pal to set you up. Be cautious not to turn to drugs, alcohol or promiscuous sex as a replacement for your relationship. The temporary relief that these things may provide are rarely worth the consequences. But, if you find yourself overindulging these activities, or if you've noticed a dip in your grades, withdrawal from social situations, or obsessive thoughts about your ex, it may be time to seek out some help. Think about talking to a close friend, or visiting your school's health center to make an appointment for counseling, a service that most colleges offer for free. It can help to talk openly, and to explore possible changes in your lifestyle that may make it easier for you to get through this time; intact and stronger than ever.More »
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Even the most independent of students may get homesick at some point. And for some, homesickness can be the most notable part of freshman year of college. Here, how to handle this common college emotion.
Transcript: It's normal to feel nostalgic for home occasionally - but for nearly 20-percent of first-year college...
It's normal to feel nostalgic for home occasionally - but for nearly 20-percent of first-year college students, homesickness can be a more constant, debilitating condition. Many students who experience homesickness feel too embarrassed to discuss their feelings. But homesickness is nothing new--it's a defining characteristic of the human condition as exhibited in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey," and the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. There are two basic types of adult homesickness commonly experienced by college freshmen. The more familiar type involves missing the people, area, and lifestyle of one's previous existence. The less common form of homesickness occurs among students who may not particularly miss home, but who are so overwhelmed by college that they want to return to someplace more familiar. Whichever type is affecting you, it can be hard to make new social connections or to generally feel "happy" when you're homesick. One way to help alleviate feelings of homesickness is to set up a regular schedule for talking with your family and friends from home. Or, even better, you can make arrangements for a friend or family member to come visit you at school. It can also help to immerse and integrate yourself into your new environment. You might try joining an intra-mural sports team or a club that you are interested in. Maybe attend a meet-and-greet on campus. However, if homesickness is still plaguing you at the end of your first semester, it might be helpful to seek out some group or individual counseling at the student health center.More »
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Hazing may be a standard part of fraternity or sorority life, but it can also lead to psychological stress or even death. In this video, we'll consider whether inductions into frat life are harmless fun or a much more serious situation.
Transcript: Hazing is illegal in 44 states, but it's still happening every day to new members of fraternities, sororities,...
Hazing is illegal in 44 states, but it's still happening every day to new members of fraternities, sororities, and other social groups. The term "hazing" generally refers to any ritualistic activity that humiliates, degrades, or inflicts harm on a person before they can be accepted into a social group. The most common forms of hazing include: requiring people to consume excessive amounts of alcohol or to participate in drinking games, forcing someone to sing, wear strange clothing, or perform other embarrassing acts in public, depriving someone of sleep for an extended period of time, abusing someone emotionally or calling them hurtful names, or compelling someone to engage in, or watch, sexual acts with other group members. Even if someone willingly agrees to participate in these hazing activities, the practice is still illegal, and with good reason: in every year since 1970 there has been at least one hazing-related death on a college campus. Despite this, a whopping 74-percent of athletic team members and 74 -percent of fraternity and sorority members admitted to being hazed this year. And the habit isn't limited to these "usual" groups - among students who participated in academic clubs, 28% said that they had endured some kind of hazing; in performing arts organizations, 56% reported hazing practices. If you feel pressure to participate in a hazing activity, realize first that it's not OK-or legal-for a group to ask this of you. Ideally, you should report hazing to school authorities or to the head of the organization requiring the activity, but fear of exclusion or resentment may prevent you from doing so. Whether you report the hazing or not, you should still ask yourself whether you really want to join a group that is willing to debase you - and even risk your safety. Remember that there are many social activities on every college campus that welcome new members with open arms-not dangerous games.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-17 | Tags »
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Here are some good guidelines to follow in order to practice safe sex.
Transcript: So you're excited about having sex but you really don't want an std. The only way to be ensurethat you...
So you're excited about having sex but you really don't want an std. The only way to be ensurethat you don't contract an std is abstinence. but for many people, cutting out sex is not an option they choose. For this reason some people have sex monogomously with only one partner who may or may not be std free. be honest with your partner aboutyour sexual history and ask that he or she is honest with you. If you do take on a new sexual partner talk to a doctor about getting tested for stds before you have sex. Do this with every new partner or if you suspect that aregular partner is engaging in sex outsidethe relationship.More »
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Strep throat basics, from causes and symptoms to treatment and prevention, it's 'need to know' information. Watch this video to brush up strep throat facts.
Transcript: I'll bet you've had at least one case of strep throat, but what is it? Strep, short for streptococcus...
I'll bet you've had at least one case of strep throat, but what is it? Strep, short for streptococcus pharyngitis, is a bacterial infection that often causes a severely sore throat, and it's highly contagious. All it takes is touching a contaminated object and bringing your hand back near your mouth or nose. Often, person to person contact isn't even necessary. Instead, the bacteria can be inhaled via airborne droplets if you're standing near someone who's infected and is coughing or sneezing. Once you are infected, symptoms appear in 2 to 5 days. They often include a red, painful sore throat and swollen tonsils streaked with white pus. Because of the rawness of the throat and swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, it may hurt to swallow. You may even develop fever, chills, headache, nausea, fatigue, and overall achiness. If you suspect you have strep, visit your doctor as soon as possible, so you can begin treating it. There are two ways to diagnose strep throat. A rapid antibody test gives you results of a throat swab in 15 minutes-but they're not always accurate. If your doctor sends the swab to a lab, it takes a few days to get results-but they are more accurate. Occasionally, your doctor may do one test, then follow up with the other. Soothe symptoms by gargling with warm salt water, drinking fluids, or sucking on a menthol throat lozenge. But antibiotics are usually prescribed to really treat step and prevent it from leading to rheumatic fever or other potential complications. Remember, that anytime you take antibiotics, you have to keep taking them for their full course, to fully be effective. Even if your symptoms have cleared up.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-10 | Tags »
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Stuffy, achy, wheezy, can't sleep. So now you're asking yourself; how did i get the flu? Well, the answer is in this video. Just watch!
Transcript: When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are...
When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are various kinds of flu viruses and they are changing all the time. But whatever kind of flu bug you get, it could trigger respiratory congestion, fever, chills, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. You can get the flu in one of two ways. First, by touching a person or object contaminated with the virus and then rubbing your nose, your eyes or your mouth. Second, through the air. Because the flu virus travels within droplets that are released when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs, it is possible to inhale the virus. Once the flu virus has entered your system, it can take up to 4 days before you feel sick. Symptoms may then last up to 2 weeks. And it's the first 5 to 7 days that you're most contagious. The flu season peaks in January and February, but you can get it all year round. How can you protect yourself? The best way is the flu vaccine. Each year, the vaccine is re-developed to fight off the 3 most common strains that season. Other protective methods include regular hand washing with soap and hot water, not touching your face, and staying away from those who are sick. If you aren't lucky enough to dodge the flu this season, speed up your recovery by getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated. Your doctor might also prescribe an antiviral medication that may cut a day or two from your recovery time. These antivirals are especially recommended for those with conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease that can be complicated by the flu.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-14 | Tags »
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She's a virgin, and you're...not. Still, you can ensure her first time is memorable (for the right reasons!)
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Sex is great - but can having it too soon mess up a good thing? You asked, our expert answers...
Transcript: Whats to soon for sex? Dr. YF: When it comes to sex and relationships people have lots of questions....
Whats to soon for sex? Dr. YF: When it comes to sex and relationships people have lots of questions. But youre lucky because we have the answers at sex health guru. Subject 1 (female): What I would really like to know is when is to soon to have sex? Dr. YF: There is no such thing as to soon for sex, as long as you feel confident that having sex with someone wont change the relationship for the worse. But when you want to have a relationship and your looking for someone who is willing to be with you for a while, then it could make sense to wait at least a couple dates before going all the way. It is very individual though. It all depends on your emotional maturity and how the relationship has developed up to that point. Research has shown that most men expect sex by the fourth or fifth date. While most women see it happening by the seventh or eighth. If you want a relationship that is more long term, your best bet is to focus on building trust and communication with your partner and letting your sex life flow naturally through that. Dont do it until your prepared either way. Whether things work out or not you dont want to regret your decision. For great information and videos about sex, check out more of what we got at sexhealthguru.comMore »
Last Modified: 2013-03-26 | Tags »
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The V card - you can only play it once. So, how old were these guys and girls when they got dealt into the game?
Transcript: The first time you have sex is special. Or else, maybe, its awful. But no matter how good or bad that...
The first time you have sex is special. Or else, maybe, its awful. But no matter how good or bad that first experience is, losing one's virginity is a milestone in most people's lives. We asked you when you lost your virginity. Among the people who took our survey, 16% lost their virginity before high school, 40% had lost their virginity by age 16, just 1 person in 3 went to college still a virgin, and less than 10% were still virgins at age 21. There were some interesting differences between when men and women lost their virginity. Two thirds of the people who lost their virginity at age 14 or younger were girls. By age 16, 37% of the boys and 46% of the girls had lost their virginity. Over 60% of the boys who were virgins when they turned 17 had sex before the end of high school. However, fewer than 20% of the 17 year old female virgins had sex before college. Even so, by the time they reached their 21st birthday, men were not much more likely to have had sex than women. Learn more by watching videos at SexHealthGuru.com.More »
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Want to know how low she'll go? We asked people how much younger their youngest lover was, and how much older their oldest lover was.
Transcript: Intro Slide - Sex Health Survey Expert on Screen What makes a lover desirable? The innocence of youth?...
Intro Slide - Sex Health Survey Expert on Screen What makes a lover desirable? The innocence of youth? The experience of age? Today, we went to the street and asked people how much younger their youngest lover was - and how much older their oldest lover was. ANSWER FOOTAGE Seven years younger Two years Twelve Three Years Zero Four Years Three years Ten years younger Ten years hahaha Seven Years Like three months Ten years Six months Four years I prefer not to say that on camera haha... Three I think Five years younger : a couple years, Six or Seven -a never slept with a guy younger than me I cant I wont.....a year Four Two years younger Eight years older Four years older Two or three years Twelve years Twenty-Four Twenty-Five years Seven years Seven Years, Two years more Twelve years....... Eleven years older Eight years older Twelve years Two years 30 years Ten years Te years Ten years Four years Four years Like Ten..Ten years Over Ten years Eleven, Twelve years older One Fifteen Fifteen years Expert on Screen The individual answers are interesting to hear - but the results we got from our large on-line survey were really revealing. Bar graph - put a 25 year old guy at right, and build the bar graph around 30 yo, 35 yo, 45 yo, 55 yo women. When it came to having an older lover, the men and women in the survey gave nearly identical answers - 30% said their oldest lover was within 5 years of their age, 35% said 5 to 10 years, 25% said 10 to 20 years, and 10% said more than 20 years. Expert on Screen But when it came to having a younger lover, there was a startling contrast between men and women. Split screen - left side, 32 year old girl scorning 22 year old guy, right side, 32 year old guy welcoming 22 year old girl For the women, 75% of the time their youngest lover was less than 5 years younger. The average man was twice as likely to have dated someone more than 5 years his junior. Old guy, young hot girl Not surprisingly, the older you were , the more likely you were to have dated someone considerably younger. Expert on Screen You can see more episodes like this one at SexHealthGuru.com, plus you can fill out the sex survey yourself!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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When we asked girls if they ever faked an orgasm, we expected to hear some, 'Yes, Yes, Yesses,' but you might be shocked at what the guys had to say!
Transcript: Ever since Meg Ryan's inspired performance in when harry met sally, men have realized how convincingly...
Ever since Meg Ryan's inspired performance in when harry met sally, men have realized how convincingly women can fake an orgasm. But girls, did you ever think he could be faking it too? We asked both guys and girls if they have ever faked an orgasm. Woman: Yes. Woman: Yes. Man: Yes. Man: Nah. Woman: Uh, yes. I have. To get it over with. Man: Ah, no. Never. Woman: Yes. Woman: Yes. Man: Yeah. Woman: Yeah. Woman: No. Woman: No. Man: No, I haven't. Woman: No. Woman: No. Man: No. ManL No, no I've never. Man: Yes. Man: Yes. Woman: Yes. Woman: Yes, definitely. Haha! Are you surprised by those responses? We asked a bigger pool of people the same question in our online survey. The results? 79% of women said they had faked an orgasm at some point in their life. That's probably not a surprising number to most of you. What may surprise you is that 55% of men also said they had faked an orgasm. This isn't exactly an unprecedented concept-after all there was a Seinfeld episode where Kramer reveals that he sometimes fakes an orgasm when "It's enough already and I want to go to sleep!" Nonetheless I think many of our female viewers may be shocked to learn that more than half of men have faked an orgasm in real life. For more critical info and fun sex facts, check out more episodes at sexhealthguru.com.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-08 | Tags »
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Millions of students on college campuses experience date rape, but this form of sexual assault is as confusing as it is frightening. What does it really entail, and how do you know if you're a victim of rape? Here's help.
Transcript: While it's difficult to aggregate precise numbers due to often unreported incidences of rape, US law...
While it's difficult to aggregate precise numbers due to often unreported incidences of rape, US law enforcement, along with national rape crisis centers, say that 10 to 25% of all women will experience rape in their lifetime in the USA. Date rape, or acquaintance rape, refers to nonconsensual sexual activity between two people who already know one another. Rape occurs when someone is forced to perform a sexual act of any kind. When the victim knows her rapist - as a casual acquaintance, a friend, or even a boyfriend - it can also be called date rape. Although women are the most frequent victims of date rape, men, too, can suffer from this crime. Although date rape can occur between sober people, alcohol is almost always involved. While frequently date rape occurs when a victim is drunk, often a victim's beverage will be spiked with an odorless, colorless "date rape" drug. The most common date rape drugs include rohypnol, or "roofies," gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, and ketamine. These drugs may limit memory, and cause unconsciousness or feelings of immobility, making a sexual crime easier to carry out. If you've been the victim of date rape, you're not alone, and not without help. Before you change clothes or wash up, contact your local rape crisis center, or your college's health center for guidance.More »
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