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I tried intermittent fasting for three days

I tried intermittent fasting for three days

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

Regardless of my own experience with it, the premise of it is that someone restricts their eating in odd ways to try to be “healthier.” It concerns me that this is another unhealthy fad masquerading as a legitimate way to be healthier.

Audio Story: What is Pharmabox, and where did it come from?

Audio Story: What is Pharmabox, and where did it come from?

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

The machine, which is located on the 24-hour floor, is a Pharmabox, and it contains items ranging from over-the-counter medications, sunscreen, batteries and vitamins, as well as sexual health, feminine hygiene, eye care and dental health products. 

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

My story with birth control

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office On Women’s Health, hormonal birth control can be broken down into two subtypes: long-acting reversible contraceptives and short-acting hormonal methods.

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 26, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

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