Disease and Injury Prevention

Injury prevention is an effort to prevent or reduce the severity of bodily injuries caused by external mechanisms, such as accidents before they occur. Injury prevention is a component of safety and public health, and its goal is to improve the health of the population by preventing injuries and hence improving quality of life.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be found during an ultrasound screening test. Screening tests help your doctor look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Not all doctors agree on who should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening…

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test?

Guides through decision to have screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Includes pros such as finding aneurysms so that they can be treated. Also explains the possible harm that could come if the test leads to risky surgery. Includes interactive tool to help you decide.

Abnormal Pap Test

What is an abnormal Pap test? When your doctor says that your Pap test, or Pap smear, was abnormal, it means that the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal. A Pap test may be done as part of a woman’s routine physical exam, because it’s the best way to prevent cervical cancer. But having an…

Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries

Most injuries are not caused by abuse. But bruises are often the first sign of possible abuse. Suspect physical abuse of a child or vulnerable adult when: Any injury cannot be explained or does not match the explanation. Repeated injuries occur. Explanations change for how the injury happened. You may be able to prevent…

Accidental Needle Sticks

Many people worry about getting a disease like hepatitis or HIV from an accidental needle stick. But it doesn’t happen often. Most of the time, the person on whom the needle was used doesn’t have hepatitis, HIV, or another infection that can be spread that way. When the person does have an infection that can be spread…