Tag Archives: PUBLIC HEALTH

Inactive Lifestyles Hurt Heart Health

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
April 9, 2019

Heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans and costs the country about $200 billion each year.[1][2] Many of these deaths could be prevented if people simply exercised more. One in four Americans sits for more than eight hours each day.[3] Less than a quarter meet the federal exercise guidelines.[4] Plenty of research shows that inactive […]

Here’s How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
March 7, 2019

Flu season is far from over. Health officials recently warned that the 2018-19 flu season could last until May.[1] The flu isn’t a minor bug — it’s a life-threatening illness. The disease can cause pneumonia, bronchitis, and even heart attacks.[2][3] Over 80,000 people died from the flu during last year’s season, according to the Centers […]

To Reduce the Rural Doctor Shortage, Train More Doctors from Rural Areas

By Fred Jacobs
February 14, 2019

Rural America is short on doctors. Only about 11 percent of physicians practice in rural communities — though nearly 20 percent of the population resides there.[1] Medical schools can help alleviate this crisis by attracting more aspiring physicians from low-income, rural backgrounds. Many doctors are reluctant to practice in rural areas. Only 3 percent of […]