Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Family Health History

The National Human Genome Research Institute and the office of the Surgeon General have developed on online tool for creating a family health history—a written record of a family's health. The history contains information about a family's medical conditions, lifestyle habits (for example, whether anyone in the family has smoked), and where and how family members grew up. It's like a family tree for health.

Use it to see if you, your children, or your grandchildren might face an increased risk of developing serious health problems, the role of genetics and ways to promote the health of your family members.