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Don’t panic! You can combat math anxiety

Math anxiety affects both your emotional health and academics. It is a feeling of tension, helplessness and loss of self-confidence when approaching a math problem, math equation or math test. Panic attack symptoms include freezing up, sweating or experiencing increased blood pressure and nervousness.

Don't let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

Don’t let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

This math test anxiety can lead to avoidance of math classes, poor preparation and ill feelings toward anything related to math. Here are some ways to learn how to stop anxiety over math for better student health. Read more

Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Read more

Research topic on fraternity houses: Campus fun vs. safety

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Caitlin Flanagan revealed a disturbing picture of dangerous campus life and misogynistic behavior at fraternity houses at American colleges. Often drunk young men perpetrate crimes of violence and sexual abuse all in the name of brotherhood and machismo. Flanagan’s article exposes the disregard for campus safety and student health by a few college students who care more about partying than academics.

The cover photo of the February 19, 2014 issue of The Atlantic features two frat boys chest bumping each other, letting out a primal scream and spilling their red Solo cups of beer. After a year-long investigation, Flanagan wrote the lengthy article, “The Dark Power of Fraternities” about the devastating events happening at fraternity houses. Read more

Complementary and alternative medicine: Higher use among college students

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

Yoga is one form of complementary and alternative medicine therapy. (Credit: dapino-colada)

College students use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) more than the general public, studies show. The most common therapies are acupuncture, homeopathy, vitamins and supplements, massage therapy, Reiki, and yoga. Good research paper topics for medical students in various disciplines might be to discuss the different forms of CAM, their efficacy, their acceptance in the young adult community, acceptance or reluctance by other groups (well educated, elderly, religious), or the expected growth of complementary medicine therapies in the future. A majority of young people believe that good student health includes some form of complementary and alternative therapy. Read more

Frontline and brain research show link between football and brain injury

Trent Murphy breaks through a tough offensive line. (Courtesy of Cynthia Yock)

Trent Murphy breaks through a tough offensive line. (Courtesy of Cynthia Yock)

College football is big business. The dirty little secret that’s not a secret anymore is the link between repetitive concussions sustained during football games and the incidence of brain damage to the players. The TV show Frontline documented the brain research being conducted to prove this link and the NFL’s denial that there is one. And what are the student health implications for young adults playing football? If you are looking for good research paper topics for a course in sports medicine, read on for more details on the risks from a football injury. Read more

Student health and obesity: College statistics and ways to help

With obesity on the rise among college students, it's important to take time to care for one's self.

With obesity on the rise among college students, it’s important to take time to care for one’s self.

Good research paper topics on health and fitness may include the problem of obesity on college campuses. Everyone knows about the “freshman 15”—the extra pounds freshmen put on in their first year of college. But the health statistics about overweight students are alarming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 5.2 million college students are obese. Here is some information about causes and solutions for obesity on campus for research paper topics.

Statistics for college obesity

According to “Obesity on Campus,” by Phillip B. Sparling in Preventing Chronic Disease: Read more

Physical education at the college level: Are undergrads exercising enough?

Calhan, Colorado high school physical educatio...Obesity is a much-discussed problem in America. Quite a bit of that talk has centered on the problem in adults and children, but what about for college students? They too are struggling with their weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.2 million college students are obese. Contributing to the problem is the drop in physical education requirements at the college level. The benefits of exercising are well-known at this point, but educational institutions are cutting physical education from their curriculum. How can undergrads expand their minds and not their waistlines? Read more