This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Blood

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
December 10, 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly — but not to give blood, evidently. According to the Red Cross, the number of people who give blood plummets from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.[1]

That’s alarming. Nationwide, someone needs blood every two seconds.[2] But only 10 percent of eligible people donate.[3] More need to do so. Since primary care physicians are on the front lines of public health, it’s critical that they discuss the importance of blood donations with patients.

Many patients require blood donations, including people with cancer, individuals undergoing surgical procedures, and those receiving organ transplants.[4] Victims of car accidents also frequently need blood donations — requiring as many as 100 pints.[5]

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To Ward off Deadly Diseases, Poor Nations Need the Help of Veterinarians

By Neil C. Olson, Dean of St. George's School of Veterinary Medicine
October 31, 2018

Every year, 2.7 million people die from diseases transferred between animals and humans.[1] Poor nations are most vulnerable to these “zoonotic” diseases.

Veterinarians who specialize in public health are uniquely qualified to identify these diseases and play a critical role in preventing them from spreading.

Zoonotic diseases spread from animals to humans in a variety of ways — like contaminated produce, insect bites, and physical contact.[2] Animals of all kinds, including pets and livestock, can carry them.

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Doctors need to pay more attention to mental health

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
October 17, 2018

More than 40 million Americans suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses.[1] Yet more than half these folks go untreated.[2] Medical professionals must devote more attention to identifying and treating patients with mental illness.

Mental illness afflicts people of all ages. Ten percent of children and young people suffer from some form of mental illness, according to the Mental Health Foundation.[3] The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that “half of all lifetime cases of mental illnesses start by age 14.”[4]

Our aging population is also at great risk. By 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 75 will increase by over 50 percent.[5] And according to the WHO, mental illness and disorders afflict more than 20 percent of people over the age of 60.[6]

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