For centuries, human beings have smoked. Be it nicotine, marijuana, opium, or cocaine, our species has been purposefully inhaling toxins to get high. Despite the risks that come, smokers have always been looking for ways to evolve their habits, including the new practice of vaping. Originally seen as a somewhat healthier alternative to smoking regular cigarettes, vaping and electronic cigarettes have boomed in the market since 2003. Now, nearly 17 years later, people are dying as a result of these vapors and their related illnesses.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 26 people have died with another 1,100 reported sick.Read More →

Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus has killed 11 people in the United States in 2019 alone. This year has seen an unusual increase in the number of reported cases and deaths. Every year in the United States, there are typically only five to 10 human cases reported, with only 30% of all cases resulting in death. Many survivors experience ongoing neurological problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Eastern Equine Encephalitis, more commonly known as EEE, is a rare cause of brain infections. This should not be confused with the Zika virus, which usually has no symptoms or mild symptoms, and isRead More →

Editor’s note: While reporters do not normally share personal experiences, Kamilah’s own experience with domestic violence helps add depth and insight to her story. With a quarter of people living in the U.S. are directly affected by domestic violence, the probabilities of knowing a person affected by domestic violence are high. “More than 1 in 3 Women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the U.S. (have) experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an in intimate partner in their lifetime,”  according to a survey provided by the CDC. This is not only a national issue; domestic violence affects us here atRead More →

Photos: Owen / Mainstream Bananas may soon be only a memory for consumers around the globe. The arrival of a deadly fungal banana disease in the Americas led Colombia to declare a state of emergency in August, according the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture. Bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States with annual banana consumption more than doubling that of apples and oranges combined, according to U. N. statistics. But the United States favorite fruit snack may disappear entirely because no treatment for the disease has been found; fungicides are ineffective. The fungal disease has caused widespread destruction on banana plantations in Asia,Read More →

Sometimes the process of getting healthy requires a little assistance. The new local chapter of the global Blue Zones project is attempting to do just that. They promote healthy living in all aspects of life, including diet. Thirty percent of Oregon adults are now obese, according to “The State of Obesity” report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Oregon is not alone in the battle for healthy choices; half of U.S. states now have obesity rates of more than 30%, including four states in the South with rates of more than 35%, according to the Center for Disease Control’sRead More →

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America lists symptoms, provides tips on anxiety management. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that “anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental disorders in the United States.” And, anxiety is on the rise. “There is no question that all of the national surveys we have at our fingertips show a distinct rise in the number of mental health problems,” Dr. Jerald Kay, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State UniversityRead More →

In 2017, Healthline reported that many people are unaware that nearly 4% of American adults (as many as 9 million people) are affected by one of the three ADHD disorders. Adult ADHD, which impacts brain functioning, presents in ways that may affect decision-making, memory, academic achievement, relationship stability, general social interactions, and substance abuse. Healthline reported that “if left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD and its frequent companions, depression and low self-esteem, can prevent the sufferer from reaching his or her full potential.” Various characteristic behaviors can reveal an adult ADHD diagnosis. Some of them are when a person is unable to stop being late orRead More →

Editor’s note: Design Editor Jayden Dukes shares her experiences with weight discrimination. Looks can be deceiving. They can also lead to damaging discrimination and stigmatization, especially for healthy women and men considered obese by outdated CDC weight standards. According to a study by Rebecca M. Puhl and Chelsea A. Heuer published in the American Journal of Public Health, “Stigmatization of obese individuals poses serious risks to their psychological and physical health, generates health disparities, and interferes with implementation of effective obesity prevention efforts.” The authors go on to warn that current views related to obesity need to be updated: “Although these assumptions about obesity andRead More →

As a college student, you will eventually feel crushed underneath the workload of tuition, assignments, studying, grades, and all your responsibilities. Taking care of yourself tends to be forgotten. But self-care may be the difference between your passing or failing both as a student and as a human. Haley Cummings in a Collegiate Times article explains, “Self-care means taking time to improve mental, emotional and physical health.” Crucial steps to self-health is knowing yourself. Take the time to recognize the things that bring you joy and define you as a person, she suggets. The American Psychological Association illustrates the risks of unresolved stress. There isRead More →

College is hard enough as it is, from paying for books, getting to class on time, to just trying to balance life and a higher education. But what if, on top of all that, students also had psychological issues, and what if they didn’t even know they had these psychological issues, and even more distressing what if they didn’t do anything to cause these issues. For at least 64 percent of the general population this suffering is real, according to the Center for Disease Control.  According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, over half of the population suffer effects from Adverse Childhood Experiences,Read More →

Students who are preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time need recipes that are easy to follow and accurate results. For generations, newspapers have provided recipes during the holiday season that any home cook can turn to when racking their brains for Thanksgiving dish ideas. It’s these top six that always stick around. Green Bean Casserole: The casserole, created in 1955 by Campbell’s, is a popular side dish made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions. Some family recipes add cheese, bacon, or nutmeg to it as well. Here are some simple directions: In a 13×9 baking dish, mix one canRead More →

College students love nothing more than a hot caffeinated beverage, especially when their least favorite class gets canceled. Although coffee is a caffeine favorite, tea is also a valued option with a broader variety of flavors. “I believe tea has so many health benefits, ranging from controlling blood pressure to skin benefits. It is also a relaxing treat in the evening or a refreshing beverage in the heat of summer. Something as simple as tea can be relaxing and have an assortment of health benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, so I definitely recommend drinking it to relax and reap the health benefits,” secondRead More →

Roseburg is bustling with fresh produce and products from farmer’s markets, U-Pick farms and local vendors as harvest season begins. UCC students are joining others in becoming more active in the natural local produce/eating trend. “I like going to the farmers market because not only am I getting to support local businesses, but I also get to meet the people who own those businesses. It’s a great opportunity to buy healthy, fresh produce and make connections within my community,” said Sarah Orsingher, engineering major. The Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market hosts numerous vendors who sell a variety of farm-fresh goods including high quality produce, baked goods,Read More →