Monthly Archives: May 2017

Preventing Disabilities by Fighting Obesity

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
May 3, 2017

It’s no secret that obesity is associated with a number of unfavorable health conditions – or that it has reached epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization estimates that over 600 million adults and 41 million children under age five fall into the category of obese.[1] What is less known, however, is that obesity is closely […]

Clean Hands Save Lives

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
May 2, 2017

For many of us, handwashing is a regular habit engrained in us as children. But in many cases, the activity — which takes less than a minute of our time – can mean the difference between life and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that washing your hands with soap and warm […]

When Houses Harm Health

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
May 1, 2017

Residents at a Minneapolis housing complex recently complained of cockroaches crawling out of their toasters and scaling their walls. Their story is more than disgusting — these creepy crawlers carry bacteria on their feet, making them a serious health hazard.[1] From cockroach infestations to indoor mold growth, deplorable living conditions can pose a serious threat […]