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Editorial tackles brain trauma

Chad Asplund, Medical Director of Student Health Services, cited the relatively low risk of brain injury on the football field as the invited writer of an editorial featured on the bmj.com home page Tuesday.

The editorial, “Brain Damage in American Football,” addressed the controversy that intensified when former professional football players sued the National Football League recently, claiming their neurological deficits resulted from their time on the field. The case was settled out of court. “While cases continue to surface and receive tremendous media attention, the fact remains that current evidence suggests the risk is very low when we consider the total number of athletes who have played American football,” Asplund writes. “The apparent low incidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) makes it challenging to draw definite conclusions on the condition’s risk factors and natural course and on the tolerance of the human brain to repetitive head trauma.”

It remains unclear, Asplund writes, whether brain damage is an inevitable consequence or an avoidable risk of American football.

Bmj.com, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, has had as many as 1.3 million unique monthly visits.

GRU to help reduce motor vehicle fatalities involving young people

As the recipient of an $8,700 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Regents University will partner with colleges and universities across the state to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities among young adults as part of The Young Adult Program.

The program promotes peer education, provides educational speakers to schools, and encourages school administrators to develop creative and innovative techniques to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities involving young people in their communities.

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of young adult driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes, and I believe the students at Georgia Regents University can help us achieve the goal of lowering injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers facing young adults than their peers? I’m confident these students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers.”

GRU coordinates programs such as peer education training and impaired driving prevention programs in an effort to promote and bring awareness to highway safety issues such as alcohol abuse, impaired driving, underage drinking, distracted driving, and other destructive decisions. The long-term goal of the program is to create safer, healthier campus environments.

“We will use this grant to help educate our students on the detriments of drinking and driving,” said GRU Student Wellness Coordinator Leslie Wilcher. “Our programs are often scheduled around events such as graduation, summer orientation, and tailgate parties and involve partnering with the campus Greek community, student athletes, campus police, health and wellness departments, and counseling services.”

For more information, contact Leslie Wilcher at 706-723-4302 or lcwilcher@gru.edu.

BeWell with Student Health: October events focus on physical wellness

Student Health Services is continuing its “Be Well” campaign with events scheduled throughout the month of October.

The campaign focuses on seven key areas of overall wellness – emotional, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, and social. The campaign also offers a one-stop shop wellness webpage, gru.edu/bewell, with categorized links to resources available to students.

Student Health also holds BeWell events each month. October’s events focus on physical wellness and include:

  • A Breast Health Lunch ‘N’ Learn, Oct. 7, noon, Jaguar Student Activities Center, Hardy Room, Summerville Campus
  • A Depression Info Table, Oct. 9, 11 a.m., Student Wellness Center, Health Sciences Campus
  • Alcohol Awareness Day, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., JSAC Field – activities include a mock-up sobriety test with Public Safety; a texting and driving booth; and a DUI simulator
  • Alcohol Awareness Information and Testimonial Session, Oct. 22, noon, JSAC, Butler Room
  • Prescription Drug Lunch and Learn, Oct. 28, noon, Butler Room

For more information about the Be Well Campaign, visit gru.edu/bewell, call Leslie Wilcher in Student Health Services, 706-723-4302, or email bewell@gru.edu.

Free HIV Testing offered on both campuses June 23

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the Ryan White Outreach Program and Student Health Services are teaming up to offer free rapid HIV testing on campus Monday, June 23.

The team’s mobile unit will be:

  • On Laney Walker Blvd, in front of Pavilion II from 10-11:15 a.m.
  • Outside the Jaguar Student Activities Center on the Summerville Campus from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and
  • At Christenberry Fieldhouse, off Wrightsboro Road, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

For more information, email Leslie Wilcher in Student Health Services at lcwilcher@gru.edu.


Student Health Clinic offers a lot to students

Students at GRU receive a big bang for their buck in the $90 per semester student health fee.

The Student Health Clinic, located on the first floor of Pavilion II on the Health Sciences Campus, offers a lot of basic services at no added cost to the student.

“If you have a cold or the flu, you can come in and there is no charge. No copay, no anything, as long as you are a student.” Clinic Medical Director Dr. Chad Asplund said. “We also offer physical therapy, mental health services, and women’s health services at no charge.”

Of course, like any doctor, the doctor may prescribe medication that is available at any pharmacy, and that cost is paid for by the student. The clinic will provide students with generic drugs, if available.

The clinic does charge, however, for diagnostic tests and immunizations. But even the costs of those services are greatly discounted and are often covered by health insurance. Tests also can be charged to a student’s POUNCE account.

“All you need is your student ID,” Asplund said. “We don’t want cost to be an issue, and we want to keep the students in class. If you are on the Summerville Campus, the shuttle will drop you off about 100 feet from our door. We also have reserved parking spaces in the front and rear of our building.”

The clinic has expanded, doubling the number of rooms for examinations, according to Administrative Services Director, Diane Norris. The center also has extended its hours and is now open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

“Many students have no idea about the services that we offer, or  don’t know that they are eligible to receive services here,” Norris said. “We just want people to know that we are here on the Health Sciences Campus and that most of our services are free.”

“You don’t need to wait until you get really sick,” she warns students. Norris strongly suggests that students schedule an appointment prior to coming to the clinic. “We have made it simple by allowing students to schedule most appointments on-line at osh.gru.edu”.

“If you’re sick, you’re going to be seen that same day,” Norris said. “But you need to still call and make an appointment to make sure you’re not waiting around for an hour or two.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about helping the students.

For additional questions, email  studenthealth@gru.edu or call 706-721-3448.