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Over-the-Counter Drug Dangers

default article imageFrequently popping over-the-counter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 milligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

NSAIDS, meanwhile, dull the pain and fight inflammation. They include ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. The most serious side effects linked to NSAIDs are ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. These side effects, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, is responsible for sending more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year and result in 15,000 deaths. 

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Commonly Used Over-the-Counter Medications

default article imageAcetaminophen (Extra Strength Tylenol): for headaches, joint and muscle pain, fever. Overuse risks: liver damage or failure. May cause liver problems at lower doses in alcohol users, or in those who take other drugs containing acetaminophen.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin): a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Reduces pain and swelling related to arthritis. Relieves headache, fever, menstrual cramps. Overuse risks: gastrointestinal pain, bleeding, kidney damage.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): antihistamine used to prevent, reduce hayfever and other allergy symptoms.

Overuse risks: memory loss and disorientation, especially in elderly. Drowsiness, dryness.

Loratadine (Claritin): antihistimine used to relieve hayfever, other allergy symptoms. Overuse risks: sleepiness, fast heart rate. May lose effectiveness over time. Claritin-D includes an additional active ingredient, pseudoephedrine sulfate, which may cause insomnia or restlessness. Pseudoephedrine should not to be taken with certain medications for Parkinsons, depression, psychiatric or other emotional conditions.

Dextromethorphan: a cough suppressant, and Doxylamine succinate, an antihistamine (NyQuil Cough).

Overuse risks: can cause drowsiness, especially when mixed with sleeping medications and alcohol. Not to be taken with certain medications for Parkinsons, depression, psychiatric or other emotional conditions.

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How You Know When It’s Over

Evaluating Your Relationship Post-Valentine’s Day


How You Know Its OverSo this one is for all of you who are having or have had relationship issues with your significant (or not-so-significant) other. We’ve all been there; the relationship is dead and done and yet here you are, stuck.  Perhaps you are afraid you won’t find someone else, or that maybe this person is, in fact, your “soulmate.”  Well guess what. They’re not. 

So the real question is, how do you know if the relationship is over?  How do you know if the love is gone? (And by “gone,” I mean it has run screaming in the opposite direction of you two lovebirds).  Girls, ever had your man ignore all 17 of your phone calls when he’s “out with his boys?”  Guys, ever had your girl say she was having a girls’ night and “didn’t hear her phone?”  If you answered yes, I suggest you keep reading. 

In today’s world, anyone who owns a cell phone has it attached to their hip.  “I hate it when a girl I’m seeing ignores my calls,” said Max Weiss, 19, first-year student. If your significant other isn’t responding to your calls within a half-hour, you’ve got a problem on your hands.  “From a girl’s perspective, we always have our phone on us, always,” said Kimberly Kravitz, 20, junior communication major.   

Now we’ve all gotten the responding call that comes from the bathroom of some dirty club, where they can lie and tell you they are laying in bed thinking of you.  That’s the best, because we all hear the echoing voice in the stall and the toilets flushing in the background.  How romantic.   

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The Bonus Features of the Guggenheim Library

What the Library Offers to Students and Faculty


Bonus Feature Guggenheim Library“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library,” as stated by writer Jorge Luis Borges. The Guggenheim Library is frequently utilized by students, whether it pertains to their research or just for their leisure. Students can be found pouring over books and typing with such dexterity it hurts to watch. The sounds of clicks and pages turning set the background for the library’s other more beneficial aspects.

The Guggenheim Library, with its four levels and countless available services, contains much more than meets the eye. Besides the numerous collections and study rooms, librarians are always there for the students who inquire help or assistance in whatever endeavor it is that they are working on.   

The library is jumping on the technology band wagon and now includes a more diverse selection of informational media. Aurora Ioanid, Associate Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator, said, “The library is purchasing  40004500 new print/paper books each year in addition to other various resources, eBooks, print journals, and media. Books are just a fraction of what the library offers as resources.”

The plethora of resources available at the library is quite staggering if one can get their head wrapped around it. “The University community acquires and provides access to over 150 databases with various types of content. Most of them contain electronic journals (ca. 45,000 of academic, trade journals and magazines), streaming videos, tools, and a mixture of journals, eBooks, and nonpublished sources, like news,” Ioanid said.

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Becoming a Better “You” with Pilates

Becoming a Better YouThrough emphasizing proper breathing technique, correct pelvic and spinal alignment, along with concentration on fluid and smooth flowing movement, anybody can become become deeply in tune with their body. You can even learn how to manipulate and control its movement.

In the practice of Pilates, it is the quality of movement which is valued over the quantity of repetitions. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, it is important to remember that proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Lastly, learning to breathe properly can also reduce stress.

According to Pilates.com, Pilates exercises help develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deepest abdominal muscles along with the muscles that are closest to the spine. Control of the core is accomplished by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Pilates strives to elongate and strengthen, thus improving muscle elasticity along with joint mobility. A body which is balanced with strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the feet and ankles, according to Pilates.com. No muscle group is over worked or under worked. Your entire musculature is evenly conditioned and balanced, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with improved ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That is why so many sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as an integral part of their training regimen.

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The Perfect Weapons of Mass Seduction for Valentine’s Day

Valentines DayThink back to around January 5th. It’s only five days into the New Year and you head to your local supermarket to pick up a few essentials. However, when you begin roaming the isles you notice there is a reoccurring color theme taking over the store – pink and red. “What happened to New Years?” is probably what you’re thinking. Well, for your convenience, all of the New Year’s paraphernalia is already located in the clearance aisle and the holiday has only just come and gone.

That’s right. The stores are in full Valentine’s Day mode. There are chocolate boxes scattered here and there, chocolate roses in full bloom, and a teddy bear holding a big sign that says “I Love You.” At this point, you might be thinking “No, Valentine’s Day. I hate you.” But whether you’re single or in a relationship, the occasion can actually be enjoyable without falling into the easy “chocolate box gift trap.”

Many foodies agree that nothing says “I love you” more than preparing a home cooked meal or at least enjoying a meal together. “Cooking together and making a meal from scratch is beautiful,” said Elena Cirillo, University alumni. “And maybe even messing up terribly and having to order pizza afterwards is okay too.”

If you have even the slightest culinary skill, are able to follow directions, and can add a little pizzazz to your presentation, you already have the recipe for success. Foodnetwork.com offers six different Valentine’s Day dinners for two, with options ranging from pasta to lamb to salmon. The recipes are supposed to be complimentary of each other, but who says you can’t mix and match according to your own taste preference? More information on these menus can be found at foodnetwork.com.

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Campus Relationships: A Guide to College Dating

As New Year’s resolutions and celebrations begin to fizzle out, many students here at the University may start to notice a theme circling about in numerous stores in the area. This would be the next big event on many calendars: Valentine’s Day.

Cherished by some, dreaded by many, this “Hallmark Holiday” is encroaching upon us and whether you love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it.

Shipments of flowers, cards and candy have begun to flood the Hawks Nest and University Store. Romantics all around will soon begin to search for the perfect ways to show that they care.

However, in college this can be a particularly hard task to complete. Many questions can arise when considering this topic, such as what exactly is ‘dating’?

 Is it different than a relationship? How do you know if feelings are mutual or if you are just a friend? What makes a pair exclusive?

After asking several students here at the University, I was able to get some opinions on these questions that may help lighten the load of this task.

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Quick and Easy Recipes for College Students

Easy RecipesSpring semester is here, and for many of us it means saying good-bye to home-cooked meals and the luxury of having your meals already prepared. As many of us indulged in delicious holiday meals over the winter break, many of us are dreading our meal options over the upcoming semester.

Especially with schoolwork, clubs and activities and work, it can be difficult finding time to cook a meal that requires little effort. On the plus side, stirring up a meal will also save you some cash from dining out and tends to be healthier.

Food critic Michael Hill states in one of his reviews, “Restaurant food has up to 200 percent more calories than advertised.”

Luckily, there are many quick, easy recipes you can utilize over this semester.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be broken up into different sections to give you an array of meal options that can be made quickly. Two meals will be given for each different mealtime.

However, if you don’t find any of these recipes useful, there are great cookbooks available online on sites such as Amazon.com and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble. These cookbooks are easy to understand and geared at college students.

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A New Ballet Inspired Workout

Ballet Inspired WorkoutA ballet-inspired “barre” workout has been sweeping the nation.

Its popularity is driven by women wanting to achieve a dancer’s physique and strength, with or without tutus and ballet slippers.

At Align Pilates in Minneapolis, noses drip with sweat, muscles quiver with exhaustion, and Beyoncé blares from the speakers as class instructor Adrienne Fitzmaurice affirms what everyone is thinking:

“Yes, this is hard!” she hollers, encouraging the women to pulse, which means to make tiny movements and hold each pose for just three, five or 10 more seconds. “Especially if this is your first class ... you probably think this is crazy!”

Crazy hard anyway. That’s the verdict reached in the dressing room following the 60-minute class where a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet movements, along with bursts of cardio and the use of a ballet barre for support and resistance provides a high-energy, full-body workout.

“Everyone’s been talking about getting their butts kicked in barre class,” said Sarah Pepin, 35, Minneapolis. “I’ve never worked every muscle that way before. I could hardly walk the next day.”

Barre is a buzz in the U.S., but the idea originated in London 50-years-ago with famous German dancer Lotte Berk.

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Empowering Women is to Empower a Whole Society

The Arab popular movements that erupted a year ago are producing significant political changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, with Syria possibly being added to that list. The futures of these countries however, remains uncertain; the challenges they face, both internal and external, are enormous.

From the beginning, women have been at the forefront of the march for freedom in the Arab world. Historically, they have been underappreciated, and continue to face major obstacles as a result of cultural heritage, despotic authority, patriarchy, and tribalism. The consequences of these barriers are conveyed through literacy rates, individual rights, and political participation.

Literacy rates are much improved for young females in Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. However, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization female adult illiteracy rates are in the double digits in all Arab countries except Kuwait, Qatar, and Palestine.

While divorce rights are equal in Libya and Tunisia, they favor men in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, women normally cannot initiate divorce procedures, and as for inheritance rights, women receive half their brother’s share in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Their share is even less in Yemen.

In some countries, women do not have equal citizenship and/or legal entitlements. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that women’s political participation remains undervalued, with the regional percentage of Arab women in the lower houses amounting to 10.9 percent, and in the upper houses, if applicable, to 7.5 percent. The regional average in the Americas is 22.2 percent, with Europe at 21.8 percent, and China at 21.3 percent.

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Empowering Women is to Empower a Whole Society

default article imageThe Arab popular movements that erupted a year ago are producing significant political changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, with Syria possibly being added to that list. The futures of these countries however, remains uncertain; the challenges they face, both internal and external, are enormous.

From the beginning, women have been at the forefront of the march for freedom in the Arab world. Historically, they have been underappreciated, and continue to face major obstacles as a result of cultural heritage, despotic authority, patriarchy, and tribalism. The consequences of these barriers are conveyed through literacy rates, individual rights, and political participation.

Literacy rates are much improved for young females in Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. However, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization female adult illiteracy rates are in the double digits in all Arab countries except Kuwait, Qatar, and Palestine.

While divorce rights are equal in Libya and Tunisia, they favor men in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, women normally cannot initiate divorce procedures, and as for inheritance rights, women receive half their brother’s share in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Their share is even less in Yemen.

In some countries, women do not have equal citizenship and/or legal entitlements. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that women’s political participation remains undervalued, with the regional percentage of Arab women in the lower houses amounting to 10.9 percent, and in the upper houses, if applicable, to 7.5 percent. The regional average in the Americas is 22.2 percent, with Europe at 21.8 percent, and China at 21.3 percent.

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