Public Health: Implications of Health Behaviors and Diseases

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Emmanuel O. Keku, MD, MA, MSPH – Professor and Track Director, MD/MPH Program, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, St. George’s University, St. George, Grenada, West Indies
Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc – Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
BISAC: MED078000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/GRGM2881

An important objective of public health practice and policy development is to influence health behavior change in the population. During the pre-COVID-19 era, this core objective of public health was observed in the significant increase of global support for the public health field with increasing attention to preventing exposures to unhealthy behaviors and risk factors while encouraging healthy lifestyle practices through behavioral modifications. The public health practitioners were excited about the positive outcomes of these interventions at private, public and professional levels. However, bridging the disparities gap is still a problem. Globally, there are major health disparity issues concerning healthcare, vaccination, prevention of diseases and treatment of diseases. The disparity gap is also increasing between racial groups and countries. The COVID-19 era significantly exposed the complexities of these disparities within healthcare practices such as access to care, vaccination and treatments for COVID-19 both within and across countries.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Public Health Implications of Health Behaviors and Diseases
Emmanuel Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH, Abidemi Fasanmi1, MD, MPH, PhD, Anthony La, BA and Joav Merrick2-5, MD, MMedSci, DMSc
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies
2National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
3Department of Pediatrics, Mt Scopus Campus, Hadassah Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
4Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
5Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States of America

Chapter 2. Particulate Matter and Infant Mortality: A Narrative Review
Jenniffer T Graffam1, MD, MPH,  Anthony La1, BA, Ifeoluwa Afon1, BS, Uyioghosa Idahor1, BS, Tolulope Oladimeji2, MD, MPH, Kerry Mitchell Kerry1, PhD and Emmanuel O Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathophysiology, St George’s University, School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 3. Pediatric Prediabetes: Implications for Adulthood
Thomas Pustorino1, MD, MPH, Brigette Obokhae1, MS, Jesmin Ram1, BS, Jonathan Divito1, BS, Gabriel Okenwa1, BSc, Tolulope Oladimeji2, MD, MPH and Emmanuel O Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathophysiology, St George’s University, School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 4. The Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation for the Prevention of Second Myocardial Infarction and the Effects of Underutilization Based on Socioeconomic Status
Ian Mathies1, MPH, Giovanni Paolella1 Jr, MA, Camden Fuller1, MSE, Stacia Verrett1, MPH, Anthony La1, BA, Vanessa Osei-Bonsu1, BS, Tolulope Oladimeji2, MD, MPH and Emmanuel O Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathophysiology, St George’s University, School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 5. Screening for Sleep Apnea and Studying the Use of Postoperative CPAP in Sleep Apnea Patients: A Narrative Review
Joel Maruthanal1, MD, MPH, Autumn Forde1, BA, Akanksha Arora1, BS, Michael Heustess McLatchey1, BA, Tolulope Oladimeji2, MD, MPH and Emmanuel O Keku1, MA, MSPH, MD, FAHA
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathophysiology, St George’s University School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 6. How Complementary Therapies and Aerobic Exercises Influence Cancer
David A Patch1, MD, MEd, Samantha Bhambrah1, BS, Samuel Ianuario1, BS, Anthony Whyte1, BS, Divya Situt1, BS, Tolulope Oladimeji2, MD, MPH and Emmanuel O Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathophysiology, St George’s University School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies
Chapter 7. Sudden Cardiac Death in Basketball Players in the United States: Public Health Implications
Travis Pearson1, MD, MPH, Victoriann Jones1, BS, Evan DeMonte1, BM, NRP, Chanpreet Mangat1, BSc, Jounaidou Mbouemboue1, BSc, MSc, Osazee Eguagie2, MD, PGCME and Emmanuel O Keku1, MD, MA, MSPH
1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2Department of Pathology, St George’s University, School of Medicine, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 8. An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Ivermectin in Chemoprophylaxis and the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients: A Narrative Review
Alvin Chitterman, MD, MPH, Deepak Kumar Palanichami, BSc, Anthony La, BA, Victor Adedara, BSc, MS, Lauren Orlando, MSc, PhD, Emmanuel O Keku, MD, MA, MSPH, FRSPH, FAHA and Abidemi Fasanmi, MD, MPH, PhD
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 9. Prostate Cancer Incidences and Survival by Race: A Narrative Review
Krishna Thakore, MD, MPH, Anthony La, BA, Deepak Kumar Palanichami, BSc, Osazee Eguagie, MD, PGCME, Victor Adedara, BSc, MS, Abidemi Fasanmi, MD, MPH, PhD, Marios Loukas, MD, PhD and Emmanuel O Keku, MD, MA, MSPH, FRSPH, FAHA
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 10. HIV Infection Disparities in Louisiana: Directions for Primary Care Providers
Monica Edward, MD, MPH, CCFP, Anthony La, BA, Deepak Kumar Palanichami, BSc, Temiloluwa Ogunmoyin, BSc, Azeez Kuteyi, BScN, Abidemi Fasanmi, MD, MPH, PhD and Emmanuel O Keku, MD, MA, MSPH
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 11. Elective Surgical Procedures in the COVID-19 Era
Kevin Palmer, MD, MPH, Victor Adedara, BSc, MS, Temiloluwa Ogunmoyin, BSc, Azeez Kuteyi, BScN, Deepak Kumar Palanichami, BSc, Anthony La, BA, Lauren Orlando, PhD, Abidemi Fasanmi, MD, MPH, PhD and Emmanuel O Keku, MD, MA, MSPH
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 12. Dengue Vaccine Development and Safety: What Went Wrong?
Barry A Eagel, MD, MPH, Anthony La, BA, Deepak Kumar Palanichami, BSc, Gerard St Cyr, MPH, MSc, Lauren Orlando, PhD, Abidemi Fasanmi, MD, MPH, PhD and Emmanuel Keku, MD, MA, MSPH
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Chapter 13. Workplace Safety and Occupational Health Hazards at the General Hospital in Grenada, West Indies
Nesta Edwards, MPH, Anthony La, BA, Emmanuel Keku, MD, MA, MSPH and Lindonne Telesford, MSPH, DrPH
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St George’s University, St George, Grenada, West Indies

Index

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