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Flu season is at its peak: 6 flu myths to know

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that if you haven’t gotten the flu yet you are safe. The nation is experiencing a particularly bad flu season this year and Tennessee’s traditional flu season peaks in February. There’s still time to get a flu shot and get some benefit out of it if you hurry. Check out these other flu myths that can be heard all around campus.   Myth: The flu vaccine can give you the...

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Hand washing or hand sanitizer: Which beats back the flu better?

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Proper technique fo washing your hands with soap and water: Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap. Tip:  Avoid hot water to prevent skin irritation. Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers. Tip:  Mentally sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to time your efforts. Rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel. Tip:  Dry hands completely because germs are passed in...

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In the wake of Sandy Hook, don't confuse mental illness with violence

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The tragic mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is both heartbreaking and disturbing. We all ache and share the trauma of this unthinkable event. In the shock and grief, we are filled with questions. Some questions seek facts – what happened? Some questions seek the Divine – where was God? Some questions seek understanding – why did this happen? In times of such pain and uncertainty we want answers sooner rather...

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Go home with gifts, not extra pounds

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It’s way too easy to head home from a Christmas celebration with a few unwanted gifts you didn’t expect -- extra pounds from all the celebrating. But with a little self-discipline and a dose of creativity, anyone can fight off the holiday pounds. Even if family commitments and Christmas parties throw off your exercise schedule, make time for 10-to-20 minute exercise sessions throughout the day or week. Get outside and rake some leaves or go...

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Fiscal cliff debate would benefit from a fresh approach to negotiation

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“America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership, Americans deserve better” - The words of then-Senator Barak Obama in 2006. Too bad the fiscal cliff isn't as scenic as this one. Here we sit in the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown. America is entering the second term of the Obama administration and partisan gridlock seems more entrenched than ever before. The fiscal cliff sits threateningly on the horizon. In fact, in the...

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