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The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)


  • “Family Health History: Why and How?” - This video features a part of a public lecture given by Karen Powell, a genetic counselor, at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting in 2008. Karen answers the question, “Why is it important to record family health history information?” She also explains how to use the U.S. Surgeon General’s online tool to record your family history.
  •  “Interpreting Family Health History I: Red Flags” - In this video clip, genetic counselor Karen Powell (see above) explains how to interpret your family health history once you’ve collected and recorded this information. She also describes some of the ‘red flags’ to look out for in your family history that you should discuss with your doctor.
  •  “Interpreting Family Health History II: Genetic Counseling” - In this segment of Karen Powell’s presentation at the ASHG 2008 meeting, she talks about how genetic counselors can help you interpret your family health history information and use it to your advantage to improve health by knowing (and decreasing) your disease risk.



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National Human Genome Center at Howard University






Heartland Regional Genetics Collaborative Family Health History Project





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American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)




CDC Podcast: "Family History - An Early Warning for Your Child"


This podcast speaks to both health care practitioners and parents in describing how “collecting family history information could save your child's life.” Parents should listen to learn more about how knowing this important information could benefit the entire family.





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