To Your Health: NLM update: Diabetes: A glimmer of progress?
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The estimated number of Americans with diabetes did not increase between 2008-2012 and undiagnosed diabetes may be declining, suggest a comprehensive study and editorial recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
This Thanksgiving, celebrate Family Health History Day
This Thanksgiving, cook up your unique recipe for wellness and disease prevention and create a family health portrait using the Family History Health tool created by the U.S. Surgeon General with help from the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Why is it important to discuss your family’s health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease are often inherited, meaning that they run in families. Tracing illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.
Precision Medicine is an emerging approach for health promotion and disease prevention that takes into consideration the genes, environment and lifestyle of each person. Many efforts are underway to help make precision medicine the norm in every day clinical practice. However, there will always be a place for family health history as a no-cost component of your personalized healthcare.
With the Surgeon General’s online tool, My Family Health Portrait people can record their family health history before going to medical appointments. In addition, the tool allows users to save their family history information to their own computer and share health history information with other family members. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Before you start using this tool, ask family members for details about their health histories as well as the health histories of older relatives. Ideally, a family health history should contain health information about at least three generations, listing the diseases and conditions that have affected family members, the age a disease was diagnosed and, in the case of deceased family members, the cause of death. The most important relatives to include are parents, siblings and children. Tips on starting the conversations are available here.
Our veterans have special health concerns
In honor of Veteran's Day, see our Veterans and Military Health topic page.
Military service members and veterans face some different health issues than civilians. During combat, the main health concerns are life-threatening injuries...
November Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available
The November issue of NIH News in Health is now available.
Featured stories include "A Look at Epilepsy: Electrical Outbursts in the Brain" and "Keep Your Skin Healthy: Protecting Your Outer Self". Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.
To Your Health: NLM update: New autism genetic diagnostic tests
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Genetic testing technologies could help identify genetic mutations related to autism spectrum disorder (or ASD) in children, suggest a pioneering study and editorial recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.