Student lifestyle caused my insomnia

The most common causes of insomnia include include mood and anxiety disorders, physical conditions such as heart disease and hormone problems. However, for students, it seems to be their lifestyle that is causing the problem.

Dominic Phelan, History & Politics student at the University of Sheffield, believes he has suffered from insomnia since his first year of studies.

“First of all, I think university life as a whole has caused this. It ranges from everything, from the way I eat to the worry of future deadlines. Continue reading

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What is Acute Leukaemia?

Yesterday the news broke that professional footballer Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The Aston Villa captain complained that he felt very unwell after a league match against Arsenal last weekend.

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood which occurs when the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal cells. In the blood there are three types of cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen, platelets help to clot the blood and white blood cells help fight infection. Billions of new cells are produced in the marrow daily, most of which are red blood cells. When the marrow starts to produce too many white leukaemic blood cells they interfere with the healthy blood cells making those diagnosed highly susceptible to infections, bleeding because the blood can’t clot and bruising.

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University graduate beats depression after two year battle

‘I’m so depressed’. These three words are often used in a jokey way, mainly to describe a mild frustration. But what if you really are depressed? As a bloke do you ‘man up’ and suffer on your own in silence or do you give in and eventually deal with the fact that you have a medical condition that needs treating?

This article tells the story of Martin Bowe, who became depressed in the two years which followed university.

Martin (on the right) at university

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Dr. Andrew Deaner is our man of the week after he rushed to the aid of Fabrice Muamba

Dr. Andrew Deaner with paramedics and Fabrice Muamba

This week we turn to football for our man of the week. It is not a man who plays in the game of football or manages, but he is a fan and his name is Dr. Andrew Deaner.

Dr. Deaner attended the Tottenham Hotspur vs Bolton Wanderers FA Cup clash at the weekend. Events at the game took a turn when Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba collapsed with heart failure.
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Your Guide To Getting In Shape For The Summer

Jersey Shore's own Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

March is here. Christmas and the New year seem like a long time ago now. A couple of days of mild weather and it feels like Spring has sprung.

Lets face it the last few months has probably involved an excess amount of eating, drinking and partying… Our only excuse for this being “A bit of insulation will do the job over the winter.”

Summer is no longer a light at the end of a long dark tunnel and is only a few months away. Long nights, Barbeques, holidays, beaches, what isn’t to like about that.
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“I quit University because I don’t drink alcohol”

Staffordshire University student, James Hulson, reveals how he quit his Computing and Engineering course two years ago because he  “couldn’t fit in” without consuming alcohol.

It is widely regarded that University and consuming alcohol go hand-in-hand. Most adults seem to think that students spend approximately 10% of their time studying, 40% of their time in bed, and 50% of their time in the pub.

However, this is not always the case, and it certainly was not the case for James Hulson. James, now 20 years-old, went to Staffordshire University two years ago to study Computing and Engineering.

Despite him moving to University full of hope and optimism, he never managed to settle in within his halls of residence, and lasted just nine days before returning home.

“It was pretty evident straight away that all anybody was interested in was how much you could drink on a night out” said James.

“I understood that maybe it was just a freshers’ thing so I tried to wait it out, but it was too much to handle. I went out with them for the first couple of nights, drinking soft drinks, but the atmosphere and the people themselves just weren’t for me.”

James often felt left out on visits to the Students’ Union bar

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Living as a university student with epilepsy

There are many different types of epilepsy and each case can create different problems for the men that have it.  But does it really control a person’s life? 

The answer is both yes and no according to mature student James Barter, but he believes that guys shouldn’t be put off going to university just because they have epilepsy.

James, 26, is a third year student studying Biomedical Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University.  I interviewed him to find out how having epilepsy has had an impact on his life and, in particular, his decision to go to university.
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