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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 31, 2011       Volume 26   Number 13

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

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

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

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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

Newborn screening cards: a legal quagmire
Bowman DM & Studdert DM Med J Aust 2011 Mar;194(6):319-22

Pediatric ethics guidelines for hereditary medullary thyroid cancer
Rosenthal MS & Diekema DS Int J Pediatr Endocrinol 2011;2011:847603

Public Perspectives Regarding Data-Sharing Practices in Genomics Research
Haga SB & O'Daniel J Public Health Genomics 2011 Mar

State Laws Regarding the Retention and Use of Residual Newborn Screening Blood Samples
Lewis MH, et al. Pediatrics 2011 Mar

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Data and Statistics

Carbamazepine-induced toxic effects and HLA-B*1502 screening in Taiwan.
Chen P, et al. N Engl J Med. 2011 Mar 24;364(12):1126-33.

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

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Events and Training

Lynch Syndrome Patient Education Conference

2-Day Course Public Health Genetics and Community Genetics [PDF 83.91 KB]

2011 Genetic Alliance Annual Conference: 25 Years of Innovation

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