US Family History Initiative launched

18 May 2005

The US Government department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new Family History Initiative. Launched by the Office of the Surgeon General in association with various other agencies including the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this project aims to encourage US families to learn more about their family health history by providing a tool to facilitate construction of a family health history. Common complex diseases are known to arise from the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors. It is hoped that the Family History Initiative will increase the use of family histories in disease prevention and health promotion, as an immediately accessible, no-cost form of

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