preventive medicine

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preventive medicine,

branch of medicinemedicine,
the science and art of treating and preventing disease. History of Medicine
Ancient Times

Prehistoric skulls found in Europe and South America indicate that Neolithic man was already able to trephine, or remove disks of bone from, the skull
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 dealing with the prevention of disease and the maintenance of good health practices. Until recently preventive medicine was largely the domain of the U.S. Public Health Service or state and local health departments, but it has become an important consideration of health maintenance organizationshealth maintenance organization
(HMO), type of prepaid medical service in which members pay a monthly or yearly fee for all health care, including hospitalization. The term "health maintenance organization" was coined by a health policy analyst, Dr.
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, private practitioners, and other health care providers. Preventive medicine encompasses such activities as research into causes of disease; vaccinationvaccination,
means of producing immunity against pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, by the introduction of live, killed, or altered antigens that stimulate the body to produce antibodies against more dangerous forms.
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 against those diseases for which the causes are known, e.g., poliomyelitis, influenza, and measles; studies of environmental deterrents to health; and instruction in public health and hygiene. See also eugenicseugenics
, study of human genetics and of methods to improve the inherited characteristics, physical and mental, of the human race. Efforts to improve the human race through bettering housing facilities and other environmental conditions are known as euthenics.
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ORIX will contribute to the development of preventative care and regional healthcare in Japan by supporting the operation of the Utsunomiya Central Clinic through these tie-ups, and expanding affiliations with clinics and hospitals that are distinctive in the field of preventative care.
ADH Women's Health Services also promotes use of the state's local health units and supplies informative materials, counseling and education on healthy lifestyles and preventative care, reaping human benefits and lowering statewide healthcare costs for all.
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Baby boomers are a big factor in preventative care.
As of June 2012, over 4,600 district employees have visited the wellness centers and the increased access to low-cost preventative care has driven down average healthcare costs.
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It offers doctors a resource to save off lawsuits, explaining how to foil litigious patients and their lawyers using preventative care.
As he cut a special cake, he said the NHS would become more focused on providing preventative care to help improve the health of the nation.
Last month he called on the NHS to provide more preventative care so older people could continue living at home and stay out of hospital.
Even this week, Labour/Plaid were arguing against our calls for more preventative care in the Assembly.
A focus on healthier lifestyles and preventative care marks the relaunch of co-operative health insurer, Accuro, formerly the Health Services Welfare Society (HSWS).
As an audiologist, Shell offers her patients a comprehensive hearing evaluation, counseling, fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, assistive listening and alerting devices, as well as specializing in preventative care, pediatric amplification and customized hearing protection to keep harmful levels of noise from damaging those who do not suffer from hearing loss.