Hit me with your Best Shot, Flu Season is Here.

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

Tis’ the Season. The Flu Season.

Know What You’re Looking For

“Flu symptoms come on rapidly and include: fever, chills, muscle soreness/body aches, sore throat, dry cough (little to no phlegm), fatigue and headache,” Lori Marti, Student Health Services Health Educator, said.

Regardless of your opinion on getting the flu shot Minnesota State University, Mankato, offers options for everyone. If you’re not interested in getting the influenza vaccine there are several ways you can fight common illnesses:

  • Get adequate sleep – sleep helps your body’s natural ability to fight infection and speeds up recovery.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • If you use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching common surfaces such as keyboards, desks, doors, etc.
  • Don’t share cups, glasses, straws, or water bottles.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick to avoid getting others sick,” said Marti.

If you’re interested in getting the influenza shot, Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Health Services Medical Center offers flu shots.

“Most insurances cover the cost of the vaccination. The cash option is $40 for those without insurance,” Marti said. The Student Health Services Medical Center is located in the lower level of Carkoski Commons and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

The Time is Now

“The best time to get an influenza shot is at least two weeks before typical influenza activity begins. Influenza season begins in October, peaks from December to February and can last through May,” Todd Kanzenbach, MD, Student Health Services, Team Physician, said.

With the ever-changing flu, it’s important to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.

“Each year different strains of influenza are included in the vaccination so people need a flu shot every year,” Marti said.

Don’t Wait, Set up your Appointment Today

Setting up an appointment is as simple as calling the Student Health Services Medical Center at 507-389-6276, visiting the online patient portal at http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/clinic/ or visiting the Medical Center in the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Save Time, Plan Ahead

To save time, print off and fill out the patient registration form in black ink. Additionally, if students have insurance, medical or pharmacy, they should bring their current card, or a picture of the front and back of the card and provide it at the time of their appointment. Students are not required to have insurance to be seen at Student Health Services.

If you’re interested in learning more about flu shots, fighting common illnesses or health in general contact Lori Marti at lori.marti@mnsu.edu or stop in Student Health Services located in the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

The Effects of Music on the Brain

  • Music keeps the brain active – even while sleeping
  • Instrumental music is more conducive to concentration
  • Surgeons perform better when listening to music
  • Music can reduce blood pressure and is a defense against anxiety, depression and stress
  • Types of music impact our relationships and willingness to help others.

Even if we listen to music in a passive state and largely as a means to relax or let go, music is anything but. Whether you use it when you exercise or during a power nap, your brain, when in contact with music, is working at full!

Since the 1950s, many studies have focused on identifying the action of music on the brain.

Music and Work

Not everyone has the same needs when it comes to music and work. Some prefer silence despite scientific proof that music helps to focus and improve efficiency and creativity.

In 1994, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a spectacular difference in performance of stressful operations between surgeons operating with their music of choice versus those that operated in silence.

In general, instrumental music has been shown to be more conducive to concentration than alternative forms. Lyrics and singing may cause distraction even if it is in an unconscious manner. That being said, the type of work being done and the monotony of the task will affect this.

The Mozart effect

Listen to music and your body, in particularly your brain, will say thank you. With slower music, it can improve circulation and dramatically reduce blood pressure.

According to a 2004 study involving rats listening to Mozart, music generates a supply of calcium to the brain that produces dopamine, inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system and reducing blood pressure. This also explains why music acts as a defense against anxiety, depression and stress.

Music makes us better

Beyond the biological benefits of music, it is now proven that it even has impact on our relationship with others.

A 2009 study revealed that if one is subjected to a happy music, the people who surround us will seem happier.

Even more surprising is the experience of psychologists Rona Fried and Leonard Berkowitz of the University of New York: they subjected a group of students to listen to calm music; another to stimulating music; a third group to music producing negative emotions; and lastly one with no music at all. The students were then asked to render a service. Students submitted to the calming music were more likely to help (90%), followed by those in the third group and those who did not listen to music (60%) and in last, the group subjected to more negative music (45%).

Moral of the story: listen, sing, play! It’s good for the body and for the soul.

Taken From Karaoke Version Blog

New Campus Cupboard Offers Shelves of Food for Students in Need

This week, Kassie & Sam introduce students to the new Campus Cupboard located in Crossroads Ministry along the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus. This by-students-for-students program facilitated by Crossroads serves as a food pantry for students in need.