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The End of On-Size-Fits-All_Medicine?

The End of One-Size-Fits-All Medicine?
Personalized Medicine Showing Promise
Most of the time, doctors can be pretty sure that the medicine they give you is going to help. But sometimes they have to just wait and see. The fact is, people don’t all respond the same way to medications. A new field of research is trying to take out the guesswork and help doctors predict which medicines will be right for you.

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History for Your Health
Collecting Family History to Prevent Disease
Many people collect their family history for a hobby. Did you know it might help save your life, too? Your doctor can use your family's health history to help figure out your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, depression, and many other diseases and conditions. If you don't know your family's health history, now's the time to start collecting it. A free tool called "My Family Health Portrait" can help by organizing your important health information into a printout you can take to your doctor and put in your medical record.

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