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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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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