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Contributions of Public Health in Reducing the Population Burden of Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Challenges and Opportunities

In October 2018, we attended the fifth annual Global Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Summit. This gathering of more than 300 people from over 30 countries included patients, researchers, government organizations, practitioners, health systems, implementation science experts, and industry. The event focused on methods for accelerating uptake of evidence into clinical practice and health policy. The event Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; George A. Mensah, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland1 CommentTags ,

Consumer Genetic Testing Is Booming: But What are the Benefits and Harms to Individuals and Populations?

a shelf of DTC genetic testing kits

Initially a Niche Market for Very Few with Small Population Impact The first genetic tests directly available to consumers for health were offered in 1996. The concept, then, was both audacious and bold: the idea that individuals could explore their own human genome without the aid of a health care provider to order the test Read More >

Posted on by Scott Bowen and Muin J, Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia3 CommentsTags ,

Genomics and Obesity: We Need Both Population and Individualized Approaches in the Prevention and Management of Obesity

a person standing on a scale and a crowd of people with DNA overlayed

Obesity is a serious, global public health problem that has increased markedly in the last few decades. As of 2016, 795 million people were estimated to have been affected. Obesity is associated with leading causes of death worldwide—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer—making the search for effective weight management strategies a global priority. Obesity Read More >

Posted on by Muin J, Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia2 CommentsTags ,

Progress in Public Health Genomics Depends on Measuring Population Level Outcomes

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Public health genomics is a relatively young field concerned with the effective and responsible translation of genomic science into population health benefits. In the past few years, the field has witnessed the emergence of several state public health genomics programs beyond the traditional domain of newborn screening. The field has focused on preventing disease and Read More >

Posted on by Debra Lochner Doyle, Screening and Genetics Unit, Washington State Department of Health, Kent, Washington; Mindy Clyne, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; David Chambers, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; Muin J. Khoury, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags
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