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This Thanksgiving, share your family health history

Family at Thanksgiving DinnerAs you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, remember that this special day is also National Family Health History Day, a day that can be important to the health of you and your family. Collecting your family health history can help you detect unique disease risks, manage them before becoming sick, and aid in treatment and diagnosis if you do become sick. 

New toolkit helps nurses use genomics in patient care

Nurse with doctorNurses and other health professionals looking to integrate genomics into patient care now have access to an online toolkit with more than 100 resources, part of a new website launched by the National Human Genome Research Institute. The Method for Introducing a New Competency in Genomics (MINC) website provides resources for nursing leaders at all levels of genomics competency, ranging from basic knowledge about genomics to its practical impact on healthcare systems and policies.

Social interaction affects cancer patients' response to treatment 

Chemotherapy Ward Co-presence NetworkCancer patients were a little more likely to survive for five years or more after chemotherapy if they interacted during chemotherapy with other patients who also survived for five years or more, according to a new study by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The findings were published online July 12, 2017, in the journal Network Science

G2C2 expands genomic resources for health professionals

Healthcare professionals discuss information related to a patient Healthcare professionals now have access to a variety of educational and clinical genomics resources thanks to a new partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and several professional medical societies. The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) website has mad available this free, online collection of more than 500 materials for use in the classroom and the clinic.

The Cancer Genome Atlas publishes results for bile duct, uterine and breast cancer

Growing cancer cells are surrounded by healthy cells. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), co-funded by the National Cancer Institute and NHGRI, has greatly improved our understanding of the molecular signatures underlying different cancers. Three recent publications from the TCGA network demonstrate how using TCGA's dataset can provide greater insight into preventing, diagnosing and treating specific cancer types. The papers focus on breast, bile duct and uterine cancers and characterize cancer research at a deeper molecular level.