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family history

an essential part of a patient's medical history in which he or she is asked about the health of members of the immediate family in a series of specific questions to discover any disorders to which the patient may be particularly vulnerable, such as "Has anyone in your family had tuberculosis? Diabetes mellitus? Breast cancer?" Hereditary and familial diseases are especially noted. The age and health of each person, age at death, and causes of death are charted. Often a genogram is developed for pictoral documentation. The family health history is obtained from the patient or family in the initial interview and becomes a part of the permanent record. Other questions, such as those concerning the age, sex, relationships of others in the household, and marital history of the patient, may also be asked if the information has not already been secured.

family history

Medspeak-UK
History of a condition in at least one of the following family members: parent, sibling, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or cousin; as in “The patient has a family history of breast cancer on her mother’s side”.

Medspeak-US
A summary of diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and others) present in immediate blood relatives, which may be linked to heritable DNA mutations.  

Psychiatry
Presence of mental disorder or occurrence of suicide in parents, siblings, etc.

family history

A summary of diseases present in immediate blood relatives–eg cardiovascular disease, DM, malignancy, cancer, etc, which may be linked to hereditable DNA mutations. Cf Social history.

fam·i·ly his·to·ry

(fam'i-lē his'tŏr-ē)
A written documentation made after questioning the patient about the presence or absence of diseases or conditions in his or her family that might have an effect on the health of the patient (e.g., coronary disease, alcoholism, diabetes mellitus).

fam·i·ly his·to·ry

(fam'i-lē his'tŏr-ē)
A written documentation made after questioning the patient about the presence or absence of diseases or conditions that might have an effect on the health of the patient.
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CONCLUSIONS The number and type of family histories currently being recorded by family practitioners are not adequate to fully assess familial risk of cancer.
To determine how often family cancer histories should be updated, the researchers assessed how often patients' family histories of breast and colorectal cancer changed throughout adulthood.
It also lists additional books and Web resources for researching family histories and traveling to homelands.
Although clinicians are trained to collect family histories, substantial barriers exist to obtaining this information in primary care practice (e.
Staff in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield will be hosting a special coffee evening on Thursday - for people who want to check family histories.
Furthermore, autistic children from families with significant histories of alcoholism have different autistic features than those with less significant family histories of alcoholism, said Dr.
It holds more than 7,000 genealogy books and thousands more rolls of microfilm, microfiche, family histories, census, school, church, military and immigration records.
DeLong and his colleagues reached these conclusions by performing complex neurological assessments and reviewing the psychiatric family histories of 40 children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder, all considered autistic spectrum disorders.
The GeneTree Web site also applies rich media technologies and collaboration tools to genetic genealogy, giving users innovative ways to map, assemble, record and share their family histories.
Since most of these cancers are caused by a complex interplay of environmental and (modest) genetic factors, the challenge for the internist is to identify the smaller subset of family histories suggestive of a strong influence of genetics on cancer risk.
These findings come from what isapparently the largest study to date of the inheritance of heart disease in the United States -- a compilation of family histories for more than 94,000 people in Utah.
com, users can connect with family and friends and preserve their family histories using rich media and social networking technologies.

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