Tag Archives: PUBLIC HEALTH

Underserved Communities Need International Medical Graduates

By Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George's University
October 6, 2018

The United States could be short up to 120,000 physicians — including 50,000 primary care doctors — by 2030.[1] The shortage will be most severe in low-income, rural, and already-underserved regions. Thankfully, there’s a solution. International medical graduates are uniquely suited to fill these gaps in the doctor workforce — more so than their domestically […]

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 […]

For a healthy heart, get rid of trans fats

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
September 4, 2018

Every year, more than 17 million people die from cardiovascular disease. Trans fats are a major cause of this heart disease epidemic.[1] These fats are found in snacks, frozen foods, and fried treats. They make food taste delicious. But they’re terrible for our bodies.[2]  Health officials and doctors must educate patients about the dangers of […]