Good time to get the flu shot before the flu gets you
Due to the national shortage of PPD’s, the Student Health and Counseling Center will administer PPD’s on a first come, first serve basis until we exhaust our supply. It is unknown when we will receive more due to the current order we placed, being on backorder.
If you are in need of a PPD, please call 474-7043 to check on our supply.
UAF Suicide Prevention (by KTVF11)
Please find attached important information in regard to the Student Health Insurance plan provided through the University of Alaska Fairbanks for students who do not have other insurance plan in place. Please read the “Student Letter” attachment carefully. If you already have health insurance and are not interested in purchasing this plan, please disregard this communication.
Undergraduate and graduate students not on a stipend who choose this plan will need to purchase it through the Bursar’s Office during fee payment. Graduate students on a stipend need to bring their contract to the Graduate School office in order to be enrolled in the insurance plan.
Brochures and insurance cards will no longer be mailed out automatically from the insurance company. Students will need to access the insurance website to view the brochure, set up an account and request an insurance card to be sent. There is a flyer attached which provides general information about the policy.
Please review the attached information carefully. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Health and Counseling Center, 474-7043 or access our website at www.uaf.edu/chc.
Just a little heart attack. Women have symptoms that are significantly different than men. Friday, Feb. 2 is Go Red - Wear red this Friday.
NEW RADIO SHOW: Arctic Rock Therapy, the official radio show of the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center, and the ONLY heavy metal mental health radio show in the arctic!
The show will be on Fridays from 2-3pm.
Say Ahh Hypothyroidism
Q: What is hypothyroidism?
A: Hypothyroidism is the medical term for when a person does not make enough thyroid hormone. It is a condition that makes you feel tired. The thyroid gland in your neck makes thyroid hormone. This hormone controls how the body uses and stores energy.
Q: What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
A: Some people with hypothyroidism have no symptoms. But most people feel tired. That can make the condition hard to diagnose, because a lot of conditions can make you tired.
Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Lack of energy
- Getting cold easily
- Developing coarse or thin hair
- Getting constipated (having too few bowel movements)
- Menstrual irregularities in women
If it is not treated, hypothyroidism can also weaken and slow your heart. This can make you feel out of breath or tired when you exercise and cause swelling (fluid buildup) in your ankles. Untreated hypothyroidism can also increase your blood pressure and raise your cholesterol—both of which increase the risk of heart trouble.
Q: Is there a test for hypothyroidism?
A: Yes. Your health care provider can test you for hypothyroidism using a simple blood test.
Q: How is hypothyroidism treated?
A: Treatment for hypothyroidism involves taking thyroid hormone pills every day. After you take the pills for about 6 weeks, your blood will be retested to make sure the levels are where they should be. The dosage may need to be adjusted depending on the results. Most people with hypothyroidism need to be on thyroid pills for the rest of their life.
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