Health Care

Tobacco-Free Campus

Lessons learned from one university's initiative to kick the habit

Imagine it's the end of the semester. Students are pulling all-nighters to complete term papers and study for final exams. The stress level is off the charts, and some students reach for the pack of cigarettes for a "quick smoke" to help calm their nerves. For the growing number of colleges and universities that have adopted tobacco-free policies, this is their final exam.

Time to re-open public debate about ADHD trends, safety implications for college campuses

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 10 American children over the age of three has been diagnosed with ADHD. Before turning 18, nearly 14 percent of children will have been diagnosed. Most will receive ADHD drugs. Fearing that the popular response to this report will be “shock,” Psychiatrist John T. Walkup and two junior colleagues published a “reassuring” commentary that accompanied the CDC report (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, November 2013).

East meets West in new holistic health market

About four out of 10 Americans use complementary therapies, spending more than $34 billion dollars annually

What do Bravo TV’s Real Housewives, reality star Kim Kardashian, pro tennis player Maria Sharapova, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis have in common? All have chosen acupuncture as an alternative health treatment, for reasons ranging from women’s health issues to cosmetic anti-aging to pain management to sports rehabilitation and beyond.

With momentum from Obamacare and an increasingly health-conscious population, more attention has been paid to preventive health measures—as distinguished from treating chronic illness and degenerative disease.

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100-bed hospital part of massive Nova Southeastern U. development

Plans for the hospital have allowed the unversity to set a January start date for construction of its $80 million Center for Collaborative Research, a 220,000-square-foot facility that will contain wet labs, a genomics center and biotech incubator space.

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University support for pregnant students uncommon

A study indicates that 23% of undergraduates enrolled in college in 2008 had at least one child — yet less than 1 in 10 students with children completed their bachelor's degree within six years of college entry.

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Campuses wade into Affordable Care Act changes

Results from the 2013 “Employee Health Benefits in Higher Education Survey.”

Campus HR directors have begun taking action on health benefits changes spurred by the Affordable Care Act, but major uncertainties remain as they cope with the legislation. Hence, when CUPA-HR put together its 2013 “Employee Health Benefits in Higher Education Survey,” the Act got its own section.

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Virginia Western Community College opens $26 million structure

Virginia Western Community College's new building is designed to mirror health care workplaces, preparing students for the in-demand jobs in the health care industry.

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Ohio State University emergency department to get $4.8 million makeover

When Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center opens its new critical care and cancer tower in late 2014, the emergency department will double in size and feature all new construction and equipment, even the half that’s in the existing University Hospital.

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Group sues Penn. State System of Higher Education claiming sex discrimination in health policies

The National Women's Law Center says policies that exclude pregnancy coverage from the health insurance benefits offered to dependent children of employees amount to sexual discrimination.

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Scarce resources should be used for learning, not sex changes

University administrators across the country are deciding to add sex reassignment surgery to their health insurance plans. For example, in recent history, UC-Berkeley, Duke University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago have all adopted this change.

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