Journal article

Genetics and preventive health care

Jon Emery, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Sylvia A Metcalfe, David Sullivan

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Advances in our understanding of the genetics of common chronic disease is beginning to impact on clinical practice and preventive health care. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the potential for genetic medicine to inform disease prevention strategies. It describes two examples already affecting clinical general practice: familial hypercholesterolaemia and hereditary haemochromatosis. These represent important inherited conditions that, if diagnosed early, can be simply treated and their complications avoided. DISCUSSION: General practitioners can play an important role in the early diagnosis of these conditions and subsequent screening of at risk relatives. These conditions hig..

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