At holiday gatherings, sketch a family health portrait

Sketch a family health portrait

Holiday gatherings are a good time to gather information about your family's health history.

The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Surgeon General have come up with a few Internet-based tools for creating a family health portrait.

By tracing the illnesses of your family members, including parents, grandparents and other blood relatives, you can provide your doctor with a way to predict (and therefore reduce) your potential risk for particular diseases. Start here:

-- Charles Stuart Platkin, "The Diet Detective," Special to the Star-Telegram