Posts Tagged ‘vitamins’

About Health Science

June 19, 2008

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Health science is the applied science dealing with health, and it includes many sub disciplines. See also health science academic disciplines.

There are two approaches to health science: the study and research of the human body and health-related issues to understand how humans (and animals) function, and the application of that knowledge to improve health and to prevent and cure diseases.

Health research builds upon the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics as well as a variety of multidisciplinary fields (for example medical sociology). Some of the other primarily research-oriented fields that make exceptionally significant contributions to health science are biochemistry, epidemiology, and genetics. See also life sciences and life science academic disciplines.

Applied health sciences also endeavor to better understand health, but in addition they try to directly improve the health of individuals and of people in general. Some of these are: alternative health, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, pharmacy, public health, psychology, physical therapy, and medicine. The growing provision of services to improve people’s health is referred to asalternative health care . See also branches of medicine.

The health sciences industry, a multi-billion dollar business sector, is a cross-section of the life sciences and the alternative health care and medical diagnostics industries.

Food,Nutrition and Cancer

June 17, 2008

When it comes to cancer, there are no guarantees. However, improving your diet may reduce your risk of cancer, help you to heal more efficiently and hasten your recovery from cancer treatments.

What you need to know

  • Focus on fiber: Eat foods rich in fiber, especially those made with whole grains, to help reduce the risk of several cancers
  • Find healthy fats: Meals containing olive oil or fish help protect against cancer, and avoiding fat from meat, dairy, and processed foods may decrease cancer risk
  • Go vegetarian: Lower cancer risk by eating plenty of fruits, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage), which helps to optimize body weight, immune function, hormone regulation, and to avoid meat-related carcinogens
  • Avoid alcohol: Use alcoholic beverages in moderation or not at all to reduce the risk of many cancers
  • Get regular checkups: Many cancers can be prevented or discovered in the early stages with screening tests available through your healthcare provider

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full cancer prevention and diet article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.