The Student Health Services is the primary medical service provider for enrolled NC State University students with a licensed pharmacy for your convenience. In 2014, among 376 universities and colleges, we are nationally ranked among the Best Student Health Services in the United States and are ranked #1 in North Carolina by the Princeton Review. In addition, we are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. Our staff include board certified physicians and licensed professionals offering an array of high quality services to meet the unique needs of college students. In-house we offer some specialty medical services, such as laboratory and x-ray, travel clinic, physical therapy, women’s health, occupational medicine, and allergy shots. Also, students may visit our on-site pharmacy to fulfill their prescription drug needs and over-the-counter requests.
Our providers are committed to high quality service, and take care to provide every student with prompt, individualized medical care. If you happen to need medical care outside Student Health Services’ scope, we will refer you to trusted medical specialists whose training, facilities, and technology facilitate the best possible care.
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Health Awareness Topic of the Month – Tuberculosis Screening
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
Massage Therapy Now Available
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
Got a Nutrition Question? Ask us online
Just activated, Ask-the-Dietitian! To assist you in getting accurate, up-to-date nutrition information, the Student Health Services dietitian will answer questions submitted online. Please complete the survey in it’s entirety to receive a reply from the registered dietitian.