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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 […]

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Smoking Doesn’t Just Hurt Humans — It’s Killing Our Pets

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
September 20, 2018

It’s well-known that smoking is terrible for humans. Nearly half a million Americans die from smoking-related diseases every year.[1] Second-hand smoking causes over 40,000 deaths.[2] But there’s an overlooked group that suffers as well: pets. Animals that live in homes with smokers have much higher risks of developing many fatal diseases. To protect humans and […]

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Climate change is putting children’s lives at risk

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
August 27, 2018

Our planet’s youngest members didn’t cause climate change — but they’ll be the ones who suffer most from it. A new study from the journal Pediatrics estimates that kids bear 88 percent of the burden of climate-change related diseases.[1] To save thousands of young lives, it’s critical that the next generation of public health professionals […]

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