Tag: Surgeon General

Remember: Turkey Day is Also National Family Health History Day

Looking for something to talk about between mouthfuls of green bean casserole and cranberry dressing? Instead of discussing the big game or Friday's shopping prospects, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin would like you to consider chatting up your relatives to learn their medical histories in honor of ...

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Thanksgiving is National Family History Day

This is a repeat of a post we ran back in September. While you're sitting around the table with your loved ones, don't forget that it's National Family History Day! I’m a bad patient. Every time I go to a doctor she asks, “Do you have a family history of any diseases?” I’m ashamed to say that my ...

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Surgeon General Issues Call to Action on VTE: 23andMe Assesses Genetic Risk for Customers

This Monday acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson issued a Call to Action to reduce the number of people in the United States affected by two serious blood clotting conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), sometimes called “economy class syndrome” is the ...

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The Importance of Family Health History

I’m a bad patient. Every time I go to a doctor she asks, “Do you have a family history of any diseases?” I’m ashamed to say that my answer is always “I don’t think so.” Your family health history is a powerful tool for your doctor; it can help him or her make vital screening and treatment decisions. ...

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