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Saturday, December 08, 2007

My Family Health Portrait

Just in time for the holidays, the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General together with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has developed a Web site to organize and display family health history: https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/. Despite the overwhelming numbers of Americans who believe that knowing their family's history is important to their own health, very few have collected and organized this information. This new software makes it easy to input and report this information.

No information is stored on the site; the user downloads it at the end of the session. You may even download the software for use on your own computer. Outputs are either in report form or in a graphical family tree structure. At this point you may wish to conduct your own genetic analysis or take the report to your family doctor which will provide her with greater insight into your predisposition to genetically linked diseases.

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