health

Alcohol poisoning: Do you really know the signs?

October 24, 2017 Opinion

Imagine this: You’re a freshman at your first college party, you’re having your first drink, and, all of a sudden, someone at the party passes out. What’s your initial reaction? Do you call the police? Do you just wait it out and hope that, as time passes by, the student wakes up and starts to ...

Student moms struggle with lack of campus facilities

March 16, 2017 News

Student mothers are struggling to find a private place to pump breast milk and make diaper changes due to the lack of campus resources for students who have children. According to the Mayo Clinic, pumping stimulates milk production and it is recommended that women pump “for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday.” However, ...

Student Affairs’ healthy snack program goes unnoticed

March 2, 2017 News 1 Comment

The Health Promotion and Wellness unit of Student Affairs launched Nourishing Minds this semester in order to promote healthy snacking habits, but students remain unaware of the new program due to lack of advertising. The program is designed to help students determine which specific snacks and food help students achieve success. The department piloted the ...

Student educates peers on bone marrow donation

November 7, 2016 Life 1 Comment

After learning about someone in her community suffering from a rare blood disease, Stephanie Levy became passionate about educating her peers on the benefits of getting cheeks swabbed for the bone marrow donor registry. Last month, with the help of the Be The Match Organization, Levy tabled in the quad and attempted to get as ...

Campus sees change to peer education

September 28, 2016 News

The watermelon pink shirts with a recognizable PEACH symbol used to be a common sight in the quad and many could recognize them at first glance. The shirts were worn by members of Peer Education Advocating Campus Health created in 2005 to serve students through workshops, educational programs, and counseling services. They have been missed ...

Chickenpox infects three on SF State campus

May 13, 2016 News

Three SF State students have been diagnosed with chickenpox, a highly contagious disease also called Varicella, between April 23 and May 13, 2016 according to Alastair Smith, director of Student Health Services. People may have been exposed to the chicken pox while on campus in the following areas: J. Paul Leonard Library, University Park South, the Humanities Building, the ...

San Francisco startup launches “Uber for birth control”

March 7, 2016 News

For people living in the United States, obtaining birth control can be a complex and expensive process. A new San-Francisco-based app called Nurx launched last December and is offering a solution to getting birth control on time and at an affordable price. Founded by Hans Gangeskar and Edvard Engesæth, Nurx is the latest in a long ...

Giving birth is not as romantic as it seems

March 1, 2016 Opinion

There’s nothing like having your first child. That being said, modern pop culture would have you believe that birth is a magical passage full of sunshine and rainbows, but everything I was told about giving birth did absolutely nothing to prepare me for its realities. My fiancée Michelle was late, and we started the long process ...

Sustainability of new wellness center highlighted at community meeting

February 23, 2016 News 1 Comment

Capital Planning, Design and Construction met Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Jack Adams Hall with the campus community to discuss the sustainability features of the new Mashouf Wellness Center. The $85.6 million Mashouf Wellness Center will include cutting-edge water and energy efficiency, and plans to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification from ...

FDA under scrutiny for putting business interests first

January 26, 2016 Life

[media-credit id=369 align=”aligncenter” width=”430″][/media-credit]  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders moved to block President Barack Obama’s nominee for the head of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, criticizing his cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, according to Reuters. The FDA’s current leadership faced similar criticisms last year after an investigation led by the New York attorney ...

Eating organic is delicious, but not necessarily more nutritious

May 7, 2014 Opinion 2 Comments

When food is labeled organic, it refers to the process of how farmers grow and process agricultural products. Whether they are fruits, vegetables, meats, grains or dairy products, the organic farming process excludes the use of pesticides, hormones, food additives and other unnatural substances. People are absolutely obsessed with the idea of organic food these ...

Xpress staffer reflects on losing mother to breast cancer

October 7, 2013 Opinion

At age 35, my mother was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I was eight. I vaguely remember her losing her hair while getting more ill and weak with chemo treatments. After a brief period of remission, the cancer came back — and with a vengeance: Stage IV breast cancer, found in her bones. A ...

SF State offers healthy options for a college lifestyle

September 4, 2013 News

[set_id=72157635373999906] Many students are faced with the challenge of staying healthy on a college campus, a struggle that often involves weight gain, stress and loss of sleep — but by taking advantage of on-campus resources, students can put their health woes behind them. According to a 2005 national health survey, 3 in 10 college students are ...

Gaming is good for your health

December 13, 2012 Opinion

It started with “Pong.” A simple game of table tennis on a black and white TV screen. Two lines represent paddles and a square dot for the ball. Nerds rejoiced as gaming fever hit the world in 1972. The gaming industry has come a long way since then. Social media has opened up the world ...

SF State students disprove autism stereotypes

January 19, 2012

Scott Rich studies hard, is passionate in class and has an encyclopedia of a mind that stores statistics, geographic knowledge and all sorts of trivia, and yet he will never be considered normal by society. Rich is a 29-year-old SF State graduate student and he has autism. Like many others with mental disorders, people with autism are ...

Students should factor sleep into their schedules

December 4, 2011 Opinion

“The party last night was too good to pass up,” “I had to study for that midterm,” “I was on stumble all night and I just needed to click one more time.” These three statements have one main thing in common; they are all real-life excuses for why college students didn’t get enough sleep the ...

Depression: with help, there is a chance for a better life

November 29, 2011 News Opinion

Getting out of bed is rough enough for any college student. But it’s nearly impossible if you have depression. The condition is rampant in college. According to a recent article on depression statistics by Therese J. Borchard, one out of every four college students or adults suffers from some form of clinical depression. I’ve suffered ...

Attention Deficit Disorder: a reality for many, not a myth

November 29, 2011 News Opinion

Sometimes I wonder if I myself have autism. My mom thinks I probably have dementia. You’d never hear anyone casually musing with self-diagnosis of serious mental disorders, unless that disorder is Attention Deficit Disorder. I was diagnosed with ADD as a tween and it has been a part of my everyday life as long as ...

Egg donation: profitable or risky?

November 11, 2011

Fliers asking young women to donate their eggs with the incentive to get compensated with up to $8,000 are a common sight around campus. Last November, Emily Watson, a 22-year-old SF State English graduate student, decided to donate her eggs for “purely financial reasons.” Watson saw a Facebook advertisement asking interested parties to consider donating ...

Pharmaceutical method utilizes robots to save lives

April 7, 2011 News

When University of California, San Francisco wanted to increase patient safety, it turned to robotic technology and electronics for superior mechanical efficiency. Today, giant robots count and process the medications received by patients at UCSF Medical Center. “A robot picking medications makes less than 1 error per million doses picked,” Lynn Paulsen, director of pharmaceutical ...

Inhumane treatment for soldier seeking justice

March 8, 2011 Opinion

When is it wrong to report a crime? When the U.S. military is the guilty party, of course. Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier, is currently being held in solitary confinement and withstanding unreasonable treatment for allegedly exposing cables documenting military war crimes. Manning has been charged with downloading classified government documents and distributing ...