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February 27, 2020

Health Advisory: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Note: Below is the latest UHS update about the new coronavirus. We will continue to provide updates on this web page weekly, or sooner if needed.  

Updated as of February 27, 2020

February 19, 2020

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 24th through March 1st. Since body dissatisfaction is a major risk factor for eating disorders, the UC Berkeley Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOWs)  invite you to join us in reflecting on how we can all come together to foster a more positive culture around body image on our campus.

November 19, 2019

At UHS, we uphold human rights and human dignities  We unequivocally oppose racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia and any actions or rhetoric that espouses hate. 

We recognize the strength and resilience of our campus community but also understand that recent and upcoming events may be distressing to some.  We offer care and actively support the well-being of our students and the campus community.  

November 15, 2019

Changes in our country are happening rapidly. Recent acts of violence, increases in hate crimes, discrimination against marginalized communities, changes to national policies, and the current political climate have caused many students to experience distress, regardless of their political viewpoint.

food around a notepad that says "meal plan"Your stomach is howling, it’s late, maybe BART was delayed or you got out of lab late, but as you make the trek home you realize you have nothing to eat and that the last thing you want to do is cook … so you order some quick take out to grab on the way.

November 14, 2019

Health Advisory: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

01/14/19

Recently there have been several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, a common viral illness that have occured with students living in the campus Bowles Hall

November 12, 2019

Due to labor actions and decreased staffing, some services may be limited on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

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.

October 29, 2019

Similar to college counseling centers across the country, CAPS is experiencing a high demand for individual counseling services. The wait time for an initial counseling appointment is currently a few weeks long, and we anticipate that this will be the case for the rest of the semester. Most students will be seen for one to two sessions before the end of the semester. 

As always, any registered student experiencing a crisis should access CAPS urgent drop-in service:

October 25, 2019

October 22, 2019

two pairs of feet in wool socks by the fireplaceEveryone has heard a comment or two, while home for the holidays or back at school after the holidays, of how our appearance has changed so much.

October 8, 2019

Power Outage Update


University Health Services

UHS will be open normal hours and will be seeing all scheduled appointments.

The Flu Shot Clinic is open on Friday, Oct. 11th from 10am-5pm (no appointment needed)


Satellite Locations

Please note services at some satellite locations may be affected. Closures for October 9th-11th will be listed here.

October 7, 2019

Five Tips to Move Past Pain

Knowledge is Power — Understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Knowing how your brain and nerves work together can improve your chance of recovering sooner.

Keep Moving — Living an active, healthy lifestyle can help you feel great! Our bodies were built to move. Do so in whatever way is accessible and comfortable to you.

September 30, 2019

Let me tell you the best things about fall and winter. Well, besides the fashion inspirations and the cooler weather, fall and winter both resurface seasonal treats and beverages that are not around all year. Some of my favorites include pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, and banana bread. October is probably the month where fall finally begins to feel like fall, and treats are a staple due to Halloween. In a time filled with joy and celebration, you may want to experience such delights and you should! Why do people question what they eat or hesitate to pick up a treat?

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 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.  

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:

Medical Services:

Urgent Care

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 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.