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

determine which patients are at high risk for hereditary diseases. [*Note: For a comprehensive source of family health history information, online tools, and resources for consumers and health care practitioners, please see our Talk Health History Campaign Web site at: www.talkhealthhistory.org.]

Since National Family Health History Month is celebrated in November, ASHG will be spreading awareness about this important public health topic and helping people understand its application in clinical practice as a cost-effective tool for assessing disease risk by hosting a press briefing to highlight some of the latest research findings of interest on this topic that will be presented at the ASHG 2010 Annual Meeting. The four abstracts featured in this session will present new research results that advance our understanding of how both patients and health care practitioners interpret and apply family health history information help assess personal disease risk. Two of the abstracts featured in this session will also provide new findings on the public's use of Web-based family health history tools including the U.S. Surgeon General's "My Family Health Portrait" online tool and the CDC's Family Healthware software program that are designed to help patients collect and record their family health history, and organize the information so that it can easily be shared with doctors and added into their EHRs.

ASHG invites members of the media to attend this press briefing titled, "New Research Validates Clinical Use of Family Health History as the 'Gold Standard' for Assessing Personal Disease Risk," which will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (EDT) in the ASHG Press Briefing Room, located on the first level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room #101). Members of the press who cannot attend this event in person can register to view the online webcast* of this session, which
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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