Student Health works hard to educate students on a variety of topics including prevention, treatment of common illness and injury, and public health initiatives.
March is TB Awareness Month, thus, this is your opportunity to learn more about Tuberculosis! Below is a message from Dr. Tom Howard, Associate Medical Director at Student Health.
Tuberculosis is an uncommon infection in the US, but more so internationally. It is spread through respiratory droplets (coughing) and requires a good amount of exposure to an individual with coughing. Passing contact in hallways, classrooms and dining facilities is not a risk of contracting this infection. In most people who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected, the body is able to fight the bacteria to stop them from growing. The bacteria becomes inactive, but they remain alive in the body and can become active in the individual at a later time. This is called a latent TB infection. When the bacterium grows in the lungs evidence of infection can be detected by chest xray. These individuals with active disease may or may not be infectious, based on the presence of a cough or evidence of the bacteria on sputum evaluation.
Screening for Tuberculosis involves questioning for exposure-travel to high-risk countries, exposure to infected individuals and symptoms (cough, fever, weight loss). Screening is performed with a skin test or a blood test. Both screening tests are quite effective in identifying affected individuals and hence the low incidence of this disease in the United States. Individuals with an abnormal screening test undergo further screening for symptoms and chest x-ray looking for active lung involvement. Treatment of individuals with abnormal screening involves the use of a course of antibiotics for 6-9 months. Those with symptomatic Tuberculosis require more complex antibiotic treatment for similar periods of time.
Further information can be obtained from the CDC at:
Yours in Health,
Tom Howard, MD
Dr. Howard joined NC State in 2015. Hepreviously practiced at Fairfax Family Practice in Virginia where he was named a Washingtonian “Top Doc” in 2014. Howard earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the USUHS and the Nirschl Orthopedic Sports Clinic located in Arlington, Virginia.
Dr. Howard has held several leadership positions throughout his career, including Program Director at VCU-Fairfax Family Practice Sports Medicine; faculty member at VCU-Fairfax; Chief, Family Practice and Director, Family Health Center of Fort Belvoir; and Assistant Director, Primary Sports Medicine Fellowship at DeWitt Army Community. He has special interest in concussion management, serving as team physician for high school and university teams and working with all patients to meet their individual needs in a balanced and thoughtful manner.
Ashley received her undergraduate degree at NC State before going to Meredith College for her dietetic internship. She is passionate about helping students meet their nutrition goals through individual nutrition counseling as well as group presentations. In addition to working with students one-on-one, Ashley currently serves as co-chair of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at the Student Health Center and co-leader of the Food Allergy Support Group on campus.
Dr. Lauren Johnson joined our clinical staff in 2014. She graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Zoology. She graduated medical school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Before coming to NC State Student Health she worked at Duke University Student Health. Her interests include compassionately caring for students and empowering patients through education.
Since late Monday February 2, 2015, a number of students reported having several gastrointestinal illness demonstrating stomach flu-like symptoms. This has not been diagnosed as norovirus however the University is taking every precaution to contain the spread. At present, approximately 20 Greek students in two separate houses close to one another have exhibited symptoms and several of those have been seen and treated at various medical facilities. There has been no indication of ill students related to this incidence outside of those two houses. Further testing is being conducted through the Wake County Health Department to determine the nature of the illness.
What are we doing about this?
- Affected students have been informed on precautions to take in the event someone becomes ill.
- As it seems this illness is highly contagious, we are asking that all students exhibiting gastrointestinal issues stay in their residences in an effort to not spread any potential virus.
- Student Health is actively working with Greek Life to contact all of the sick students as a follow-up
- Faculty of the students who are ill have been notified
- To care for students exhibiting the illness, Dining is providing Get-Well Meal Kits to those staying in the sorority and fraternity houses.
- University Housekeeping and Facility Operations have been providing thorough cleanings each day and will continue to do so daily until the illness passes.
- Student Health is actively working with the Wake County Health department to determine the nature of the illness
With gastrointestinal illness, the most important way to stop the spread is to practice good hand washing and hand hygiene. If you are exhibiting symptoms and feel ill, you should carefully wash your hands after any bathroom visit. If you are ill, you should not prepare food for or serve food to others. It is also important to get adequate rest and good fluid hydration, both when ill and when trying not to become ill.
If a student becomes ill and needs medical care during normal business hours, they should call Student Health Services (919-515-2563) or their personal healthcare provider. If they experience severe symptoms after hours, they should call 911 or visit their medical provider.
Flu Season is in full swing! Protect yourself and the rest of the Pack by getting your flu shot. Student Health has 2 flu shot clinics this month.
January 13th at Wolf Ridge Apartments in the Multipurpose Room from 3pm to 8pm.
January 21st at Talley Student Center in the Multipurpose Room from 11am – 7pm.
Interested in Wood Wellness Village for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
• Live in a community that supports a healthy, balanced life
• Develop friendships in a positive environment
• Participate in high impact programming, such as whitewater rafting, trips to the trampoline park, access to dietitians, personal trainers, and more!
• Reserved space in HES 295 and Wood Hall
Apply by January 20th by contacting Amanda Kammer, Community Director firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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The Spring 2015 waive/enroll period has now closed. However, you can submit an appeal to waive the insurance by visiting www.bcbsnc.com/student. The appeal deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is February 27th. Insurance premiums are non-refundable after appeal period ends.
Come relax with us! Massages for students, faculty and staff are offered by appointment Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with licensed massage therapists. Please call 919-513-3260 for details and to schedule your appointment today. Sessions are 25 or 50 minutes and packages are available.
More information available here: Therapeutic Massage at NC State