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Get Your Medicare Wellness Visit Every Year

Find out how a Medicare wellness visit can help you stay healthy.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions: Family Health History

This document provides questions and answers about you and your close relatives. Learn how your family's history can be a risk factor for health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

This fact sheet describes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and related link to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Learn what to do if a person tests positive for one of these alterations, and the consequences of genetic testing.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Does it Run in the Family? A Guide to Family Health History- (PDF)

Family health history is the story of diseases that run in your family. Learn why family health history is important, how to collect it, and what types of conditions run in the family.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Genetic Alliance

Family Health History and Diabetes

If you have a mother, father, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes, you are at risk for developing the disease. Talking about your family health history is the first step to preventing type 2 diabetes.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Diabetes Education Program

Family History is Important for Health

Your family history might be one of the strongest influences on your risk of developing Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, or Cancer. Knowing your family history can help you reduce your risk of developing health problems.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Family History of Alcoholism: Are You at Risk?

Many people have a parent, grandparent, or other close relative with alcoholism. Learn what your family's history of alcoholism means for you and what you can do to lower your risk of alcoholism.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Family Reunions and Family Health History

Are you looking for a project to work on with your kids? Or planning to attend a family reunion this summer? If so, consider developing your family's health history.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Genetics, Disease Prevention and Treatment

Genetic research is creating new ways for people to take action, prevent disease and to treat disease through personalized medicine.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI

Genomics and Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about genomics, the study of all the genes in a person, as well as interactions of those genes with each other and with that person’s environment.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medicines for You: Studying How Your Genes Can Make a Difference

Your lifestyle, the food you eat, and where you live and work can all affect how you respond to medicines. But your genes also play a role.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIGMS

Pediatric Genetics: Newborn Screening

Learn why it's important to know your family health history, and how genetic counseling and newborn screening can help doctors find and treat a genetic condition early.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Understanding and Collecting Your Family History

Your family history holds key information about your past and clues to your future health. Learn how to collect and record your family’s health history and what to do after you have completed your family tree.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Society of Genetic Counselors

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