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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 […]

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 […]

As Climate Change Intensifies, So Does the Need for Veterinarians

By Calum Macpherson, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at St. George's University
October 5, 2017

Diseases that spread from animals to humans are far more sensitive to changing climate patterns than animal- and human-only pathogens, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Liverpool.[1] That means many of these diseases — referred to as zoonoses — will spread faster and farther in coming years. Veterinarians will play […]