We can help you make informed decisions about alcohol and drug issues and help others do the same.
Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs and don't experience negative academic, physical or social consequences. UHS staff work closely with students, staff, faculty and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Smoke from wildfires in Northern California may contribute to poor air quality in the Bay Area during the fire season. Be prepared!
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, and irritated eyes and sinuses. Substances released from fires far away, while very unlikely to cause any significant health hazards, can contribute to headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger shortness of breath and/or wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD.
A cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. There are at least 200 different cold viruses, the most common one being the rhinovirus ("nose virus"). Symptoms of a cold usually include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, low grade fever and congestion of the ears, nose and head. Colds usually last for a few days, but symptoms can persist for weeks.
Recent policy changes in a number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use suggest a shift in societal attitudes and perceptions around cannabis. University Health Services takes a harm reduction approach to all substance use, including cannabis.
Here are some guidelines for preventing sports injuries, along with a few self-care tips for treating the minor sports-related health problems that happen from time to time. The information below comes from the registered physical therapists of the University Health Service at UC Berkeley.
The University Health Service staff wishes you great success and an enjoyable experience in your studies abroad. Use the following checklist as a guideline to help you maintain good health habits while away.
Before you go...
Check with UHS International Travel Care Clinic (643-7177) at least 3-6 months before your departure date to assure sufficient time to get new and updated immunizations and TB testing done. You should be aware that failure to get the necessary documentation may result in your trip being cancelled.