News

September 9, 2019

Health Advisory: Severe Lung Disease Associated With “Vaping”

9/9/19

CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Using an e-cigarette is also referred to as “vaping”.  Over 450 people - many of them previously healthy young adults - have become seriously ill thus far all over the country, with five deaths.  The CDC issued a strongly worded warning on August 30, advising against vaping and in particular cautioning against the use of products purchased on the street (but even store-bought devices are incompletely regulated).

The investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases. While many patients report vaping using e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the risk likely also applies to some nicotine-containing products and there is concern that the damage may be caused by added oils or chemicals used for flavor or as solvents.

The CDC has for some time strongly advised that youth and young adults should not use e-cigarettes; this latest development adds frightening fuel to the fire.  

  •  If you “vape” / use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health. CDC and FDA will continue to advise and alert the public as more information becomes available.

  • Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications. If you who need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your healthcare provider.

  • If you are concerned about harmful effects from “vaping” / using e-cigarette products, call your local poison control center at: 1-800-222-1222.


Visit this CDC website for continually updated information.

August 26, 2019

Due to campus-wide IT issues, some of our services and wait times may be affected.

We are holding the TB & Immunization Clinics (9am-4pm) as planned, however, campus IT issues may impact services at UHS, particularly in the afternoon.  Please do try and come in as early as possible and we will do our best to see you in a timely manner.

August 13, 2019

Chicken Pox Health Advisory

As of 8/13/19

Recently five UC Berkeley Summer Session students have been diagnosed with Chicken Pox (Varicella). We are monitoring the condition of the students and they appear to be recovering well.

Campus and University Health Services (UHS) officials are working closely with the City of Berkeley Public Health and will continue to monitor the situation closely as this is considered an outbreak of Chicken Pox.  

August 2, 2019

Fall 2019 Schedule

Suicide Awareness Training

June 10, 2019

Summer Heat Advisory

Summer is here, bringing HOT weather earlier than usual, and raising both temperatures and valid concerns about the risk for wildfires and smoke. Today, Berkeley topped 100F, and several small local fires have affected the air quality.  The current forecast calls for slightly lower temperatures tomorrow, and the fires are thus far small and mostly contained, but weather can change and this is good preparation for the rest of the season.

Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness

May 15, 2019

Due to labor actions and decreased staffing, some services may be limited on May 16.

Please note telephone and email responses may be delayed.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

If you are having a life-threatening medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

 

The following services will be available:

 

April 26, 2019

As of 9/9/19

April 22, 2019

Measles on my Mind

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Health Services
@AVCGuyNicolette

Measles is back in the news —  the latest outbreaks of note are in New York state.  With this recent spike in cases, the United States has now seen the highest yearly number of infections reported in 2019 than in over two decades (with the exception of 2014). And it is only April.

April 8, 2019

Due to labor actions and decreased staffing, some services may be limited on April 10.

Please note telephone and email responses may be delayed.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

If you are having a life-threatening medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

 

The following services will be available:

 

April 3, 2019

March 21, 2019

During midterm season, the question of what to eat becomes more desperate. It becomes more a question of what to eat when I’m running low on groceries, don’t know what to cook, and don’t have time to think about food right now. And sure, during these hectic weeks, Uber Eats and Asian Ghetto have always been there for me, providing a quick solution to my dilemma. It works for the first few meals, and then slowly I realize my checking account won’t be able to sustain my current eating habits for very long. I had to find another way, and after lots of practice and experimentation, I did! I figured out some basic principles that can be used to make meals that are not only fast and cheap, but also delicious, and I’d love to share them with you so that you can use your time and brainpower for exams, not for agonizing over what to make for dinner. Here are 5 basic cooking skills you can use to make fast and delicious meals to fuel you through exam season.

March 18, 2019

Due to labor actions and decreased staffing, some services may be limited on March 20. See details for hours.

March 6, 2019

As college students, making healthy meals may seem difficult or time-consuming. However, this video is here to teach you a few new, quick, and easy-to-make recipes you can add to your daily eating schedule!

March 1, 2019

10 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget Are you tired of opening your wallet every time your stomach starts growling? Well, this post is for you! Whether you’re a student on-the-go or just looking to save money on food, anyone can pick up quick and easy ways to eat on a budget. We asked our very own UHS Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOWs) to share their best practices for eating healthy without breaking the bank.

November 21, 2018

As campus take a little holiday hiatus this week from the busy Fall semester, I invite you to slow down and make some time for gratitude. But firstly, what is gratitude? Gratitude is being able to appreciate what gifts and benefits you presently have in life.

November 8, 2018

Health Advisory 11.9.18 (updated 11.19.18)

Smoke from wildfires in Northern California has contributed to worsening air quality today, expected to last a few more days.

Persons impacted by wildfire smoke are advised to:

  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke.  

  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.

October 24, 2018

Have you ever found yourself eating unconsciously while you’re mentally writing a to-do list? I know I have! As a student, it often seems like there’s not enough time in the day to eat. Between midterms, work-study commitments and essay deadlines, eating can become an overlooked and rushed afterthought. However mindful eating can transform mealtime into a refreshing and stress-relieving act. To eat mindfully is to bring non-judgemental awareness to the act of eating, to notice both the food and our body’s sensations while eating. It’s an invitation to slow down in order to relax and appreciate our food.

September 21, 2018

You may have heard or read news about a UC Berkeley employee named Roy Waller who was arrested and charged with a series of rapes that occurred more than a decade ago in several Northern California communities. He is currently in custody in Sacramento. He is an employee in the UC Berkeley Environment, Health and Safety department and is on investigative leave.

Needless to say, this news is shocking. None of the crimes he is alleged to have committed took place on or near campus, but this is nonetheless deeply unsettling.

We are aware that this will have a significant impact on campus, within University Health Services, and on members of our community, and particularly for those already living with trauma.

Our priority is to make sure that students, faculty, and staff have the support they need.

A reminder that PATH to Care serves students and employees. This confidential and 24/7 resource is specifically for issues related to sexual violence and harassment. Survivors, victims, and those impacted by such forms of violence and harm can reach out to PATH to Care Center for support, (510) 643-2005. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to all students for emotional support and can provide confidential individual counseling and consultation. (510) 642-9494.

Social Services (SOS) Counseling is available for students presenting with sexual assault/rape, relationship or other violence concerns. (510) 642-6074.

Faculty and staff may access confidential individual counseling, group support, and management consultation through Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance, (510) 643-7754.

This information on common reactions and strategies for coping with traumatic events and news is also available. 

September 11, 2018

Health Opportunity Fund for Fall 2019 opens August 28.

Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) 

The Health Opportunity Fund (HOF) is a set of funds (up to $130 per student) available for use for services and prescriptions at the Tang Center to be used by the following students*:

August 29, 2018

Suicide Intervention and Awareness Education

Over the last few years, you may have become acquainted with the Look for the Signs App (for students) and the Mental Health Handbook for faculty, staff and GSIs to assist you in helping someone in distress.  One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide.  Counseling and Psychological services (CAPS) would like to offer you a unique training specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide.