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Influenza strain A has been extraordinarily harmful this year in comparison to past years and has been highly contagious due to a lower rate of effectiveness of the flu vaccine. “Every day in clinic we have a couple of flu cases,” said Anna Cavazos Tobon, university physician. “But we’ve been seeing lots of [influenza strain] B in the clinic, which is not the one that’s been causing all the deaths and terrible illnesses.” Symptoms include headaches, dry...

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Q: Are there forms of male birth control? A: There are several methods of male-directed contraception being developed and tested in clinical trials all over the world. However, none are currently available to the general public. The road is being paved, but men may have to wait several years before any viable methods reach the market place. A few of the methods being investigated include: 1. Hormonal contraceptives: Pills, implants, and/or shots, using male hormones...

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Sheryl Tynes, vice president for student life, sent out an email to Trinity students announcing that Health Services will be closed on Sundays, effective Jan. 14, 2018. The new health services hours will be from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Fridays. Health Services currently does not hold hours on Saturdays. Gary Neal, director of counseling and health services, explained the reasons for the change in hours. “Beth Barnes,...

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Q: What are the costs of birth control if obtained through student health services? Which birth control is most effective? A: According to TU Health Services, students can receivea  prescription for birth control, but need to see one of the university physicians. The charge to see the physician is $20.  Depending on the patient’s age and other factors, laboratory testing may be necessary and other small feels may apply.  Most insurance will cover the testing...

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GUEST COMMENTS Kathleen Creedon, Trinitonian news editor, asked the Senate for their thoughts about the university’s retaining Department of Education reimbursements on payments made to Federal Work-Study-eligible students who are paid with student activity fee money. (Creedon is the author of this segment.) Trinitonian editor-in-chief Daniel Conrad made the case for the university giving those savings back to SGA. Senators Ty Tinker and Callie Struby wondered whether SGA should be allocating money for the purposes of...