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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
stress-free lifestyle. Stress Health Network

An Epidemic of IBD

Call it the last great silent epidemic. For more than two million people in the United States who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases -- ulcerative colitis, colitis and Crohn's Disease -- suffering in silence is still the norm.

Once thought to be psychosomatic or caused by stress, researchers now believe inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are the result of bacterial and viral factors, combined with a genetic predisposition. The diseases cause the lining of the intestines to become inflamed, resulting in symptoms such as diarrhea, weakness, fever, severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, joint pain and weight loss.

IBDs are classified by how they appear in the body. Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the lower intestine lining only; ulcerative proctitis is a more severe form of colitis involving the lower intestine and rectum; and Crohn's Disease affects any or all parts of the digestive tract and the entire thickness of the bowel wall. All IBDs can be extremely debilitating for the patient, plus hard to understand for employers, friends and family because the patients don't look sick.
At present IBDs are incurable but can often be controlled with a combination of medications, diet, stress reduction techniques and -- as a last resort -- surgery to remove the diseased portion of the bowel.

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