How well do you know your family?
We mean, really know them--such as, what each parent, brother, sister, grandparent, and greatgrandparent, aunt, uncle, and cousin has or had in terms of medical conditions.
The surgeon general has launched an on line tool to help you get to know your family history.
The surgeon general says, that's a lost opportunity to literally save lives.
Employees here will serve as the first institution to participate in the on line family history gathering project.
The website--found at the hhs.gov website--walks anyone who wants to through gathering a family history and identifies whether someone is at risk for a particular disease.
"That is information that is rarely brought up in the interchange these days between a physician and a patient because everyone is in such a hurry." States Dr. Collins.
Indeed, the family link is now a campaign for one cholesterol drug.