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disease preventionA general term for any manoeuvre intended to minimise the incidence or effects of disease.
Disease prevention types
Prevent onset of disease—e.g., smoking cessation to prevent lung cancer.
Early detection of disease and reaction aiming to halt progression—e.g., detection of coronary heart disease after a first heart attack, lifestyle and dietary modification.
Minimise disability from incurable disease—e.g., tight control of type-1 diabetes.
Patient discussion about disease prevention
Q. Why is autism common in children? Like vaccination for different diseases, can Autism be prevented? I am Elizabeth. I went to my close friend Lisa’s house last week. Lisa never told me that she has a younger brother, whose name is Todd. To my surprise, I happened to see Todd starring at me for quite some time. Lisa looked at me shockingly as she never said that she has a younger brother. When I asked her about this she started to cry very badly and I was at a loss to understand the reason for her cry. After few minutes of complete silence she apologized for not informing about her younger brother. When I asked the reason, she said Todd suffers with Autism and if this fact is known to any of her friends, they would either make a fun of her brother or cut their friendship with Lisa, both is not good for Lisa. I convinced Lisa that my friendship with her is whole-hearted and cannot be stopped for whatsoever the reason could be. Why is autism common in children? Like vaccination for different diseases, can Autism be prevented?
Q. If we can get sick all the time- why not take antibiotics all the time and prevent it? I can take antibiotics to my child and prevent his from getting all sort of diseases. And if so- what should I give him?
Don’t give your child antibiotics. It’ll only do him damage.