Say No to Scarlet Skin!

The signs of spring are finally here! Mirror Lake has thawed, joggers are out, and the Oval is packed with eager sunbathers whose skin is so pale, the reflection is blinding drivers on High St.   Your skin uses a chemical called melatonin to protect itself from UV rays. The more sun you get, the more melatonin is produced and the more your skin takes on that golden glow you love so much.

Excessive sun exposure can put you at risk for melanoma, one of those most deadly types of cancer and one that is becoming increasingly common.  If you watch Grey’s Anatomy, this is the cancer that Izzie Stevens has. Your skin is especially vulnerable to getting burned early in the year when it doesn’t have defenses in place.

Melanoma is not just a disease of old people; it can attack at any age. The good news is that it is preventable with diligent sunscreen use and can be treated if caught early enough.  You should use a sunscreen with a 15 SPF or greater – don’t worry, you’ll still get a tan! – and be sure to apply a generous amount to your entire body, especially to your ears, nose, and even eyelids. Using a chap stick with sunscreen for your lips is also a good idea. These areas with thin skin are especially vulnerable to skin cancer. Lastly, remember to wear a waterproof sunscreen if you’re swimming.

Having moles on the skin is normal, but you should watch out for any that change in size, color, or texture.  You should have any suspicious spots on your skin checked by your primary health care provider.  More information can be found here:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/melanoma

Have fun and enjoy the spring weather!

John Vaughn, MD – Ohio State Student Health Services

Adam Brandeberry, Med 4 – The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health

Can you have the swine flu and not know it?

Q: Can someone be a carrier of swine flu if they just got back from Mexico even though they don’t have swine flu?

A: This is a great question, but unfortunately it’s a hard one to answer with much certainty.  This is such a new virus that we are still learning about all of its various properties.  However, using the common influenza viruses that we see every year as the closest comparison we currently have, we do not typically see carriers, which are people harboring the virus and not getting sick from it.  So our most educated guess at this time is that if you don’t have any symptoms, you are unlikely to have the infection.  Obviously, if you’ve been exposed to someone with the illess, or have recently been to a place where it is currently active, be sure to seek prompt medical attention if any symptoms develop.

For the most up-to-date information on the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak, see stay tuned to the OSU Emergency Management web page and the CDC Swine Flu page.

-BuckMD

Alert – National Swine Flu Public Health Emergency

Alert – National Swine Flu Public Health Emergency

Student Health Services is working in cooperation with our campus colleagues and the Medical Center in responding to the Swine Flu alert.  Students who are ill and have had contact with a case of swine flu or have traveled to one of the outbreak areas should isolate themselves and practice careful hand and cough hygiene until they are better.  If you need to leave your residence, you should wear a mask.  If you are coming in to Student Health for assessment, please follow the posted instructions at the entrance, for your safety and the safety of all our patients. 

For updated campus, state, and national information, visit http://busfin.osu.edu/emergency/emerInfo.aspx, OSU Emergency Management web site.

Real to Reel Online Video Contest – The Lonely Lamp

The Lonely Lamp

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-BuckMD

Real to Reel Online Video Contest – Panacea for an Imaginary Problem

Panacea for an Imaginary Problem

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Real to Reel Online Video Contest – From A to B: Overcoming Obstacles with Parkour

From A to B: Overcoming Obstacles with Parkour

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Real to Reel Online Video Contest – My Mom

My Mom

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Real to Reel Online Video Contest – Getting Through It

Getting Through It

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Real to Reel Online Video Contest – Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath

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Real to Reel Online Video Contest – Static

Static

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