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STI or STD: What Is The Difference?

  If your work involves talking to people about sexual health, you must be talking to them about STDs. Or STIs. Or both. Right? As the great STD-STI terminology challenge continues, just about everyone has had to choose one term or the other. Well, everyone except for the people who use both interchangeably to mean […]

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How to have healthy feet this summer!

Summer is almost here and many people are getting ready to expose their toes. Whether you’re shopping for flip flops, going for a pedicure, painting your nails at home, or planning a vacation, there are some things you need to consider to keep your feet healthy. In honor of National Foot Health Month, here are […]

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Should You Volunteer to be a Birth Doula?

Do you have a passion for women’s health? Do you want to help laboring women endure a positive birth experience? Are you compassionate, supportive, and caring? If you answered yes to one of more of these questions, you may be a great fit as a volunteer birth doula. What is a birth doula you ask?  The word “doula” […]

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Practice These Morning Habits For A Better Day Ahead

Most of us fail to consistently get a good night’s sleep, BUT there are things you can do the next morning so you won’t feel exhausted throughout the day. The good news is that you can begin feeling better before you even leave the house. While some of these may be obvious, we bet there are […]

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How to stay healthy at work

After a long school year of three-hour long classes and large amounts of time spent in the library and coffee shops writing papers and studying, it’s time for summer! For many students, and myself summer means starting an internship and getting into the groove of working 9 to 5. While there won’t be any homework […]

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Guest Speaker Highlight: Diane Francis

Last week, Diane Francis, a doctoral candidate in the UNC School of Media and Journalism and former Upstream Blog contributor, came to speak to the current writers about her journey to the field of health communication and the subsequent research experiences that she has had during her four years as a student at UNC. Diane […]

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A Smoothie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The weather is warming up, which for me means many more smoothies to start my day. Smoothies are known to have a variety of health benefits, providing a variety of vitamins and oils essential for good nutrition. However, before you run to the nearest smoothie bar, it’s important to be weary when buying pre-made smoothies, as […]

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Allergies or Cold?

Is It A Cold Or Allergies?

With the beautiful trees and flowers in bloom this Spring season, also come the agents that make us cough, sniffle, and sneeze. And while the symptoms are always frustrating, for many of us, it’s sometimes hard to tell if what we’re suffering from is a cold or simply allergies. According to a recent survey conducted […]

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How to manage end of semester stress

It’s the end of the semester and all of a sudden papers and presentations are piling up and final exams are looming in the near future. It may feel at times that you have too much work to do and that it can’t possibly get done in the next few weeks, but with a few […]

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What does it mean to be healthy?

Today is National World Health Day! At first, it seems obvious what this day is all about- promoting health. But health is not a simple concept when you examine it more closely. So, what is health? Most of us automatically think of a healthy person as someone who is free of disease. However, this is […]

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