How to Combat the Winter Blues

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
November 30, 2017

This winter, up to one in five Americans will experience seasonal affective disorder — a depression caused by seasonal changes.[1]

Fortunately, there are easy ways to nix SAD, and get glad.

SAD is a serious mental health concern. Folks who suffer from it may have mood swings and depression for months.[2] They may feel hopeless, experience difficulty concentrating, or in extreme cases, have suicidal thoughts.[3]

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Getting Rid of the Stigma Around Diabetes

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
November 27, 2017

Over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes.[1] Half of those patients suffer mental anguish due to the social stigma associated with the disease.[2]

That stigma can lead to physical harm — and put patients’ lives at risk.

One of the underlying causes of this stigma is misunderstanding and victim-blaming. Many people believe diabetes is a self-inflicted disease caused by overeating or lack of exercise.[3] Read More »

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Need a Primary Care Physician? Best of Luck If You Live in a Rural Area.

By Fred Jacobs
October 23, 2017

Rural America faces a shortage of 4,000 more primary care practitioners.[1]

Resolving this existing shortage — and stopping it from growing — will require an influx of primary care physicians into these underserved communities. International medical graduates will play a key role in filling these gaps.

Twenty percent of Americans live in rural regions. Yet fewer than one in 10 doctors practices there.[2][3] Overall, there are nearly 20 more primary care physicians per 100,000 people in urban regions than in rural ones.[4] Read More »

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