Thanksgiving and Family (history)
The U.S. Surgeon General has recommended that families share medical histories during Thanksgiving get-togethers. Knowing your family’s health history can provide important information about your health and health risks. You can create a family health portrait in about 20 minutes on the Surgeon General’s website: My Family Health Portrait.
Dr. Dowd featured in Suffolk News-Herald (again!)
Check out the article on Dr. Dowd and his talk “Building Optimal Health: The Heart of the Matter” featured on the front page of the Health & Fitness section of Sunday’s paper.
Sushi and Building Heart Health
I’m looking forward to eating sushi and talking with patients, friends and anyone else interested in “Building Optimal Health: The Heart of the Matter”. Space is filling up quickly so let us know soon if you’d like to come!
Carrying the Past Forward
As another year ends and a new one begins, many of you are probably feeling the same thing I am: “time flies”! Although growing older usually means growing wiser, it’s also true that some memories fade with time. What does this have to do with healthcare? Well, some of those fading memories are about our medical problems and our family members medical problems. In fact when I am talking with a patient about his or her family health history, it’s very common for me to hear “I’m not really sure.” But with our advancing understanding of the genetic basis of many diseases, family history can be a powerful tool for looking at our risk of developing those diseases. To help you keep track of your family history, check out this free resource from the Surgeon General at My Family Health Portrait. You can have family members contribute, and you can print out a family health tree for your physician.