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Do you know your family health history?
How much do you know about family health history? Take our quiz to find out. 
(Published: November 25, 2013)

Gather and Share Your Family Health History 
If you are concerned about a disease running in your family, collect your family health history and talk to your doctor at your next visit.
(Published: November 13, 2012)

Document Your Family's Health History 
Your family's health history could be important for determining your child's health risks.
(Published: November 13, 2012)

Articles of Interest

* These CDC scientific articles are listed in order of date published.

Use of family history information for neural tube defect prevention: integration into state-based recurrence prevention programs
American Journal of Health Education; 2011; 42:296-308
Fisk Green R, Ehrhardt J, Ruttenber M, Olney RS
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Family History in Public Health Practice: A Genomic Tool for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Annual Review of Public Health; 2010; 31:69-87
Valdez R, Yoon PW, Qureshi N, Fisk Green R, Khoury MJ
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Maternal Reports of Family History from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2001
Genetics in Medicine; 2008; 10:37-45
Fisk Green R, Olney RS, Reefhuis J, Botto LD, Romitti PA
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Summary of Workgroup Meeting on Use of Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S87-100
Fisk Green R
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Role of Family Medical History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health: Introduction
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S57-S59
Olney RS, Yoon PW
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Family History in Pediatric Primary Care
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S60-S65
Trotter TL, Martin HM
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Linking Family History in Obstetric and Pediatric Care: Assessing Risk for Genetic Disease and Birth Defects
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S66-S70
Dolan SM, Moore C
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Utility of Family History Reports of Major Birth Defects as a Public Health Strategy
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S71-S77
Romitti PA
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Is Family History a Useful Tool for Detecting Children at Risk for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases? A Public Health Perspective
Pediatrics; 2007; 120(Supplement 2):S78-S86
Valdez R, Greenlund KJ, Khoury MJ, Yoon PW 
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