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: https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/fhh-web/familyHistory/start.action.
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