To Quell Canada’s Doctor Shortage, Look Overseas

By Sandra Banner
May 19, 2018

Patients in British Columbia will need more patience in the coming years. They already face long wait times for medical care due to a severe doctor shortage. Those wait times will soon lengthen. That’s because four in ten physicians are at or approaching the average retirement age, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.[1]

This shortage isn’t limited to British Columbia. Nationwide, Canadians are struggling to access physicians. International medical graduates can help solve the doctor shortage.

Canada only has two practicing physicians per 1,000 people.[2] Out of 34 OECD countries, that ranks Canada at number 26.[3]

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Zoonotic Diseases Are Becoming More Dangerous. SGU Has the Solution.

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
May 10, 2018

The World Health Organization just identified a mysterious new disease that could emerge over the next year — and pose a huge threat to human health. Referred to as ‘Disease X’, the pathogen will likely be transmitted from animals.[1]

That’s not surprising. Many of the world’s most dangerous diseases come from animals. Successfully defeating such epidemics demands a “One Health” approach.

Three-quarters of emerging diseases are zoonotic — that is, they spread between animals and people.[2] Common zoonotic diseases already ravaging the planet include rabies, salmonella, avian flu, and yellow and dengue fevers.[3],[4]

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Alternative Smoking? Not as Safe as It Seems.

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
May 1, 2018

E-cigarette companies tout their products as a tool to help people quit smoking. They’re misleading people.

New research shows that e-cigs are a gateway drug to traditional tobacco products, not a safe tool to wean people off tobacco. A University of Pittsburgh study reveals that folks aged 18 to 30 who vaped were four times more likely to take up traditional smoking within 18 months than non-vapers.[1]

This is just the latest proof that e-cigarettes aren’t as safe as many Americans believe. While these alternatives don’t contain all the same chemicals as traditional cigarettes, they’re still filled with harmful toxins that endanger health. People shouldn’t delude themselves into thinking e-cigarettes are safe.

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