Tag: family history

Know Your Family Health History

When managing your own health, it helps to know your history, or more specifically your family health history. You don’t just inherit your good looks from your parents or those who came before you. Sometimes, serious health conditions are passed down through the generations. Both common and rare diseases ...

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Don’t Know Much About History?

High school teacher Thomas Holterman wanted to show his students that some of the human story and our own family history are written in our DNA if we choose to explore it. Holterman is one of four teachers who won an award for lesson plans they developed as part of the Genetics Learning Challenge, ...

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Cancer Touches Everyone

23andMe is passionate about fighting cancer. We’re researching specific forms of cancer and treatments (see sidebar) and also learning more generally about cancer through our Cancer Family History survey (men’s version and women’s version). Personal experiences have the potential to fuel important research ...

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Family History and Personal Genetic Risk Assessments: A Perspective on the Cleveland Clinic Study

by David Hinds A small study conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and reported at last week's American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting found that family health history (FH) often gave different assessments of cancer risk than SNP-based personal genomic (PG) risk assessments obtained ...

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Family History, In Addition To Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors, Predicts Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), sometimes called “economy class syndrome” is the formation of a blood clot in a vein deep within the body, usually in the legs.  Not only can DVT be painful, but it can also lead to a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism if the clot breaks free and travels through ...

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Thanksgiving is National Family History Day

This is a repeat of a post we ran back in September. While you're sitting around the table with your loved ones, don't forget that it's National Family History Day! I’m a bad patient. Every time I go to a doctor she asks, “Do you have a family history of any diseases?” I’m ashamed to say that my ...

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