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October is Audiology Awareness Month. To celebrate check out these free hearing screenings:
- OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings on Tuesday (10/11/2016) and Thursday (10/27/2016). Please call the clinic to schedule a free screening at 614-292-6251.
- The Ohio State Student Academy of Audiology is offering free hearing screenings to the general public on Friday (10/7/2016) 1-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union in dance room 01 on the building’s lower level. Hearing screenings require only 5 or 10 minutes to complete — and are done by audiology graduate students.
Medication Assisted Treatment Program at The Ohio State University
The Suboxone Maintenance and Recovery Treatment (SMART) program at The Ohio State University is a partnership between the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS), Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and Student Health Services (SHS). Our mission is to assist students with a history of opioid use disorder in maintaining their recovery by offering continued maintenance treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone, psychosocial support programs and recovery support.
As a collaborative team, we strive to support current and incoming students in recovery from an opioid use disorder that are utilizing medication assisted treatment and need medical providers who can continue to prescribe these medications as well as support their recovery and continued success both academically and personally.
SMART is designed for current or incoming students that have a year of successful recovery utilizing medication assisted treatment and are committed to maintaining their recovery while pursuing their education at Ohio State.
What We Offer
- Continue providing medication at SHS
- Individual and/or group counseling at CCS
- On campus recovery support at CRC
- Provide 12 months’ worth of prior medication assisted treatment records
- Be committed to maintaining your recovery
- Comply with all treatment protocols
- Attend recovery support meeting (AA, NA, etc.) once a week
- Attend weekly abstinence based group counseling at CCS OR weekly individual therapy counseling with a licensed professional
- Attend CRC meeting once a week
- Meet with prescriber at SHS once a month
- Meeting and appointment attendance will be documented
- Drug and alcohol screen once a month, at the discretion of the prescriber
- Attend additional meetings with individual counselor, psychiatrist, etc., as determined by the prescriber
How To Apply
- Contact the Care Manager at CCS by calling 614-292-5766
Katherine McKee, M.D.
Addiction is a devastating disease that can have life-threatening consequences if not treated. It is important to know where to go on campus in case you or a friend is ever in need of help.
- Location: Younkin Success Center (4th Floor), 1640 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
- Phone: 614-292-5766
- About: Provide individual and group counseling, suicide prevention, mental health screenings and a variety of other mental health services to meet your needs.
- Location: 1230 Lincoln Tower
- Phone: 614-292-2094
- About: The Collegiate Recovery Community is a program for students in or seeking recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. They provide many resources for students in recovery including the following:
- Recovery House at Penn Place
- Peer to peer support
- Devoted recovery staff
- Advocacy, information and referrals
- On campus support group meetings
- Monthly wellness workshops
- Social events
- CRC Student Leadership Board
- Service opportunities
- Recovery Scholarships
- Annual CRC Program Orientation
- Graduation Dinner
- Individualized Recovery Plans
- Ohio State alumni in recovery mentor program
- Leadership and professional development
- Scarlet, Gray & Sober Tailgates
- Monthly community lunch
- Designated CRC lounge on campus, 1230 Lincoln Tower
- Location: 125 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
- Phone: 614-292-5572
- About: Can help students identify resources and answer their questions about drug and alcohol misuse. The center can also help identify the best way to talk to a friend who may be misusing drugs or alcohol.
- Location: 1875 Millikin Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
- Phone: 614-292-4321
- About: Student Health Services is dedicated to caring for students and families of those struggling with the disease of addiction. For those in long-term recovery, SHS can provide maintenance medication if certain expectations are met. Call a Care Manager at Counseling and Consultation Services to apply (614-292-5766). The SHS Pharmacy is also equipped to provide naloxone (Narcan), the overdose reversal medication, and overdose education. Call 614-292-0125 for more information.
It is important to speak up if you or a loved one is struggling with the disease of addiction. You could save a life! Be sure to check out my next post about naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdose!
Kelsey Kresser Schmuhl, PharmD Candidate 2017
There are several risk factors for heart disease and stroke. These include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history, high blood cholesterol levels, and family history of heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol can build up in your blood vessels causing narrowing and reduced blood flow. This can lead to heart disease and stroke.
The U.S. Preventive Task Force recommends that men get a blood cholesterol test at age 35 years and women at age 45 years. This should be done every five years. The cholesterol test may be performed at an earlier age or more frequently if you have any of the cardiovascular risk factors mentioned above. The accuracy of cholesterol tests done at public screenings such as health fairs varies. It is probably better to discuss this with your provider who can order more reliable testing.
Dr. Matthew Peters
There are many types of antibiotics. The most commonly used antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Penicillin was discovered in 1928. It was first used on a patient in 1941. It was mass produced by the end of World War II. There are now dozens of antibiotics on the market. These drugs have reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, bacteria have adapted resulting in these drugs becoming less effective.
These antibacterials medicines do not work on all infections. They treat bacteria but not viral infections. Common viral infections are colds, influenza, bronchitis, and most sore throats and sinus infections.
Overuse of antibiotics contributes to more serious drug-resistant bacteria. The CDC estimates that 23,000 people in this country die yearly from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Reasons for overuse include pressure on healthcare providers to prescribe these drugs, patients using leftover antibiotics, and patients using antibiotics purchased overseas.
What can we do? Do not expect antibiotics to cure every illness. Please do not pressure your provider to prescribe an antibiotic. Most colds and coughs will take two weeks or longer to resolve. Complete the entire course when an antibiotic is prescribed,. Also, never take someone else’s medication.
Dr. Matthew Peters, MD
Student Life Student Health Services at the Wilce Student Health Center has long been an ally of the LGBTQ community and at this time following the tragic events in Orlando, we continue to stand with the community and all human beings who value life and love. We mourn those who have lost their lives and continue to work towards an inclusive and accepting world for all.
Wilce is a facility that all students should feel welcome, safe and cared for in the best possible way. We offer comprehensive primary care services and can facilitate specialty care when indicated. We offer the full spectrum of testing for sexually transmitted infections and we are here for questions and advice about this and other healthcare needs.
With the healthcare reforms of 2010, access and coverage for many groups previously denied care has significantly improved which includes the transgender community. We at Student Health are pleased to offer services to transgender patients not only for general primary care but also hormonal therapy for those interested in making that transition. We strive to make everyone feel comfortable, including addressing you by your preferred name and using preferred pronouns. Confidentiality is always a priority. Several Student Health physicians recently attended conferences on transgender healthcare and we are working towards a focused, evidence-based pathway for providing treatment, and for following those students in a safe and healthy way. We will discuss the risks and benefits of hormonal therapy, the typical schedule of visits and monitoring lab tests as well as what one can and cannot expect from the therapy. We work closely with Counseling and Consultation Services and would like anyone considering transition to be working with a counselor since this is such a significant step forward in your well-being. Please call our appointments line at (614)292-4321 to discuss your particular needs with one of our appointments staff and schedule your visit with an appropriate provider.
We wish the Columbus LGBTQ community an uplifting Pride Week and Month.
Dr. Ryan Hanson, MD
Mouth sores can be painful, annoying and unsightly. Some appear inside the mouth – on the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks or palate (roof of mouth). Others, like cold sores, can appear outside the mouth, such as on and around the lips, under the nose and on the chin.
Mouth sores can be caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections or oral cancer. Some other causes include: extreme sensitivity to ingredients found in some toothpastes or mouth rinses; medication, cancer treatment side effects or reaction to therapy; or certain specific skin, oral or systemic diseases.
Some people may experience occasional discolored, painless spots in their mouth. Most are harmless and will disappear or remain unchanged. However, some sores or spots can be serious and need attention of your dentist or physician. That’s why regular dental checkups are so important. Have your dentist examine any mouth sore or spot that fails to heal within two weeks.
Laurie Smith, RDH
Generally, wisdom teeth emerge in late teens to early twenties. Frequently the eruptions of these teeth are blocked by soft tissue, bone or adjacent teeth and are considered impacted. Removal of wisdom teeth is necessary to prevent decay of adjacent teeth, possible infection, cysts or tumors, jaw pain or crowding of other teeth. Most wisdom teeth need to be removed but a policy of watchful-waiting can be adopted for those that are not cystic, painful, or erosive to adjacent teeth.
If you have pain with your wisdom teeth or just want them evaluated, call the Dental Clinic at the Wilce Student Health Services to make an appointment with a dentist for consultation. After doing an oral exam and taking an X-ray, your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth and discuss whether or not they should be removed. A referral can be sent to an oral surgeon for further evaluation.
Laurie Smith, RDH
Spring is in the air (although it’s snowing as I’m writing this blog), which means prime allergy season has begun! The common cold is also still prevalent in the ever-changing weather of Ohio. Here are some facts about the differences between two similar presenting diseases and some tips on how to treat them! ALLERGIES Students may be more likely to develop allergies while attending college. This could be due to living in a different region that has different pollens in the air and students may be exposed to different allergens. Allergy symptoms occur quickly after exposure to an allergen and will last as long as you are exposed to the allergen. Common symptoms include: runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing, and watery or itchy/dry eyes.
Common causes of seasonal allergies: pollen, dust, dust mites, food, animal dander, and mold
Colds are caused by a virus, and very rarely are caused by bacteria. They mimic the same symptoms as allergies, but may also include fever, sore throat, and body aches. Colds develop over several days and usually your body can clear the virus within several days to a week. Warning signs that you may have a bacterial infection (NOT the common cold) are vomiting or diarrhea along with fever and body aches and other common cold/allergy symptoms. If you have these symptoms it’s important to see a doctor and stay hydrated!
Both allergies and the common cold have the same over-the-counter (OTC) treatment choices and non-medication related recommendations to help alleviate symptoms.
Common OTC Treatments:
- Non-drowsy antihistamines – reduce symptoms of allergies like runny nose, itchy/watery eyes
- Ex. Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine)
- Counseling tips: take daily during allergy season to prevent and reduce symptoms
- Nasal steroids – helps reduce nasal inflammation, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing
- Ex. Flonase (fluticasone), Nasacort (triamcinolone)
- Counseling tips: requires a few days of treatment to notice effect on symptom improvement, and needs to be taken on a daily basis to continue to work
- Nasal decongestants – helps reduce nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
- Ex. Afrin nasal spray (oxymetazoline)
- Counseling tips: should only be used for 3-4 days
- Oral decongestants – helps reduce nasal and chest congestion
- Ex. Sudafed (pseudoephedrine)
- Counseling tips: do NOT use if you have high blood pressure without asking your doctor first
- Artificial tears/saline solution – helps relieve dry or itchy eye irritation
- Ex. Visine products, Artificial Tears
- Pain relievers – reduce headaches associated with allergies or virus
- Ex. Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen)
- Counseling tips: don’t use more than the recommended dosing; be aware these ingredients may be in other OTC products and will count towards your maximum daily dose!
- Cough drops – helps relieve cough associated with nasal drainage
- Avoid allergens as much as possible!
- Use a humidifier in your home to help with congestion
- Wash hands/face often during pollen season
- Avoid rubbing itchy eyes, try and use a cold compress instead to relieve symptoms
- Avoid wearing contact lenses during pollen season to reduce eye irritation
- Close windows/doors at home when pollen count is high
If you ever have questions about which OTC products can help your allergies or reduce the symptoms associated with a cold don’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist or doctor!
Lindsey Glaze, PharmD Candidate 2016