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Studies validate use of family health history as gold standard in disease risk assessment
Date:11/5/2010

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BETHESDA, MD October 22, 2010 Thousands of the world's top scientists and clinicians in the human genetics field will convene to present their latest research findings at the American Society of Human Genetics 60th Annual Meeting, which will be held November 2-6, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

A number of scientific presentations at this year's meeting will feature research on the application and use of family health history information in clinical settings to assess an individual's risk for developing common chronic diseases. Family health history assessment is an inexpensive, simple, and useful tool that has been shown to be effective and accurate when implemented in clinical care settings to assess personal disease risks. Integrating the use of family health history information in clinical practice can help practitioners determine which patients are at high risk of developing a specific health condition and would benefit from taking precautionary measures to prevent disease (such as early and frequent screening, genetic testing, health behavior and lifestyle changes, etc.).

To support the integration and application of family history information in clinical practice, several federal agencies and professional organizations have developed comprehensive (and free) online tools that make it easier for patients to collect, record and organize their family health history information and share it with their doctors. Some of these Web-based tools were also designed to help health care providers to correctly interpret and understand their patients' family health history information, incorporate the data into electronic health records (EHRs), and effectively apply this knowledge in clinical practice to help
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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