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The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) provides updated and credible information on how genomic information and family health history can improve health and influence policy and practice. The Genomics & Health Weekly Update has a new name – Genomics & Health Impact Update –and a new mission. The update focuses on genomic information that has the potential for more direct health impact on policy and practice. We highlight news and information on the use of genomic tests and other applications, including family health history, in clinical and public health practice and programs, along with relevant data, policy, and legislation. We hope the new Genomics & Health Impact Update will be informative and useful to practitioners, policy makers, consumers, and researchers. We welcome your comments. Please send to:

Thursday, April 7, 2011       Volume 26   Number 14


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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Autism is one of a group of developmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Scientists think that both genes and the environment play a role in ASDs. Family studies have been helpful in understanding how genes contribute to autism. Read more.



Strengthening the Reporting of Genetic RIsk Prediction Studies (GRIPS)
A multidisciplinary panel sponsored by CDC and the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet™) has published recommendations for strengthening the reporting of Genetic RIsk Prediction Studies (GRIPS). The statement and elaboration papers are published simultaneously in multiple journals today. Read more.


Genomic Tests

Health technology assessment in the era of personalized health care
Becla L, et al. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2011 Mar:1-9

For more information on genomic applications in practice and prevention, please visit the GAPP Finder in the GAPP Knowledge Base.

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Family Health History

A family history intervention: enhancing cardiovascular risk assessment
McNeill JA, et al. AAOHN J 2011 Apr;59(4):181-92

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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

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Data and Statistics

For this week's human genome epidemiology articles, please visit the HuGE Literature Finder in the HuGE Navigator.

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Events and Training

Exploring the ELSI Universe


American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 14th Annual Meeting

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