Here’s How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
March 7, 2019

Flu season is far from over. Health officials recently warned that the 2018-19 flu season could last until May.[1]

The flu isn’t a minor bug — it’s a life-threatening illness. The disease can cause pneumonia, bronchitis, and even heart attacks.[2][3] Over 80,000 people died from the flu during last year’s season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[4]

The flu is also easily spread. People can remain contagious for weeks after getting infected.[5]

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To Reduce the Rural Doctor Shortage, Train More Doctors from Rural Areas

By Fred Jacobs
February 14, 2019

Rural America is short on doctors. Only about 11 percent of physicians practice in rural communities — though nearly 20 percent of the population resides there.[1]

Medical schools can help alleviate this crisis by attracting more aspiring physicians from low-income, rural backgrounds.

Many doctors are reluctant to practice in rural areas. Only 3 percent of final-year medical residents want to work in an area with a population of 25,000 or less, according to a 2017 Merritt Hawkins survey. More than nine in ten want to practice in communities with more than 50,000 people.[2]

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In 2019, Ask Your Doctor About Realistic Resolutions

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
January 16, 2019

Each January, millions of Americans pledge to eat healthier, exercise more, and focus on “self-care.”[1] But only 8 percent of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions, according to research from the University of Scranton.[2]

Primary care doctors are uniquely positioned to boost that percentage — by providing patients with effective health management techniques, identifying early signs of disease, and helping people develop healthy, lasting habits that improve overall well-being.

The motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle often disappears within weeks. Gold’s Gym reports that traffic increases by upwards of 40 percent from December to January — but subsequently decreases in February.[3]

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