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Aug 17, 2005
Knowing Your Health History Could Save Your Life or Help Your Physician With a Diagnosis for a Genetic Disorder Easier

Most people believe that knowing their family health history can be beneficial, but only about one-third have actually tried to gather and record information about family health, according to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Furthermore, the discussion of family history between physician and patient typically lasts just a few minutes.

US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona? launched a project known as The Family History Initiative.

As part of this project, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a new computerized tool, called "My Family Health Portrait," that can be downloaded at http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/ to help in the process.

A pdf version of this tool can be downloaded and printed HERE

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