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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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011       Volume 26   Number 12

post notes: genomic tests, family health history, policy and legislation, program and practice, data nad statistics, events and training

Starting this week, 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. From time to time, we will also have a genomics and health impact blog to share ideas and opinions and get input from our readers. 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:


Current priorities for public health practice in addressing the role of human genomics in improving population health.
By Khoury MJ et al , AM J Prev Med April 2011
In this article, we discuss the crucial leadership role of public health in addressing the promise and pitfalls of human genomics for population health. Public health is needed not only to implement what is known in genomics to improve health but also to reduce potential harm and create the infrastructure needed to derive health benefits in the future.
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

Pharmacogenetics: From Bench to Byte- An Update of Guidelines
Swen JJ, et al.
Clin Pharmacol Ther 2011 Mar

NSCLC histology first, then mutation testing, says NCCN guideline, Medscape Today, March 18

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

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Family Health History

Predictors of student outcomes on perceived knowledge and competence of genetic family history risk assessment
Collins CA & Stiles AS
J Prof Nurs 2011 Mar-2011 Apr;27(2):101-7

Breakthrough Breast Cancer publishes definitive guide to family history of breast cancer, Medical News Today, March 20

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Practice and Programs

The Alpha-1 Association Genetic Counseling Program: An Innovative Approach to Service
McGee D, et al.
J Genet Couns 2011 Mar

An interactive computer program can effectively educate potential users of cystic fibrosis carrier tests
Castellani C, et al.
Am J Med Genet A 2011 Mar

How inclusion of genetic counselors on the research team can benefit translational science
Zierhut H & Austin J
Sci Transl Med 2011 Mar;3(74):74cm7

Newborn screening for deadly immune disorder SCID possible due to UCSF research, UCSF, March 21

Fair access to genetics needed in mainstream medical services, PHG Foundation, March 20

Translational Genomics take center stage at ACMG meeting, Genome Web, March 18 [by free subscription only]

Genetics and mainstream medicine: Service development and integration, PHG Foundation, March 17

Health service approach to genetics in medicine needs to change, PHG Foundation, March 17

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Policy and Legislation

Informed consent to microsatellite instability and immunohistochemistry screening for Lynch syndrome
Chubak B, et al.
Genet Med 2011 Mar

Considering the impact of yet another proposal for genetic legislation, Genomics Law Report, March 23

NIH announces new strategic plan to combat diabetes, NIH News, March 18

New York State approves the Quest Diagnostics ColoVantage™ colorectal cancer blood test, PR News, March 17

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Data and Statistics

The differing perspectives of workers and occupational medicine physicians on the ethical, legal and social issues of genetic testing in the workplace
Brandt-Rauf SI, et al.
New Solut 2011;21(1):89-102

Gene Expression Profiles for Radiation-induced Thyroid Cancer
Maenhaut C, et al.
Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2011 Mar

AAV2-GAD gene therapy for advanced Parkinson's disease: a double-blind, sham-surgery controlled, randomised trial.
Lewitt PA, et al.
Lancet Neurol. 2011 Mar 16

Gene therapy may help reverse Parkinson's symptoms, USA Today, March 19

Getting a GRiP on genetic risk prediction, PHG Foundation, March 23

New study to provide better diagnoses for children with developmental disorders, News-Medical.Net, March 23

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

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Events and Training

GEM'11 - The 2011 International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods

Molecular Diagnostics for Infectious Disease

International Conference on Developmental, Translational and Clinical Pharmacogenomics

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