Disease Prevention


It Takes More Than an Apple a Day

Why is prevention of noncommunicable diseases so difficult when it seems like such a good idea?


Task Force's Prevention Advice Proves Hard to Swallow

The current chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force defends the panel's controversial decisions on issues such as cancer screening.

Will an Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?

Data suggesting that regular aspirin use lowers cancer risk has accumulated to the point where some argue that it's time to recommend that many more people take the drug.


Tackling America's Eating Habits, One Store at a Time

Several initiatives are evaluating if easing access to healthy food will change how Americans eat—and reduce obesity around the country.

Uncertain Verdict as Vitamin D Goes on Trial

Boosting levels of vitamin D with supplements has been touted to prevent diseases, but many scientists say only clinical trials now in the works can confirm such hopes.

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Chronic Disease Vaccines Need Shot in the Arm

Whether vaccines to prevent obesity, asthma, smoking-related illnesses, and other chronic diseases will ever work remains an open question.

Public Health Measures in Disease Prevention

Organizations and countries have tackled noncommunicable diseases with a variety of public health measures. Science describes some notable examples.
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Incentives for Prevention

Should doctors get bonuses for practicing preventive medicine?

Financing Prevention

Does prevention save money?

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Can Noncommunicable Diseases Be Prevented? Lessons from Studies of Populations and Individuals

The global burden of noncommunicable diseases can be reduced through a small set of actions related to major risk factors.

Changing Human Behavior to Prevent Disease: The Importance of Targeting Automatic Processes

Many health-harming behaviors are not based on conscious reflection, suggesting they can be changed by subtle interventions.

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Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

Studies aimed at preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease should focus on pre-symptomatic individuals.

Fetal and Early Childhood Undernutrition, Mortality, and Lifelong Health

Promotion of breastfeeding will have a major impact on public health in the long term, as well as immediately saving lives and slowing birth rates.

Double Burden of Noncommunicable and Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries.

Low and middle-income countries tend to suffer the highest rates of infectious disease, and these are rapidly being exacerbated by epidemic noncommunicable disease.

Why a Macroeconomic Perspective Is Critical to the Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease

Policy interventions as well as changing public tastes for healthier lifestyles will have important economic repercussions.


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