This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health-biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care-and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.

Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and beyond

Biology and Family Health: Epigenetics and beyond

Biology and family health: Epigenetics and beyond

Gloria worries that she may develop the form of emphysema that runs in her family. She fears that having the DNA test for inheritable emphysema1 may affect her ability to get health insurance or even a job if this genetic predisposition is recorded in her medical records. Even with passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in 2008, she remains leery over possible genetic discrimination when she applies for future jobs or health insurance. Gloria ponders if it would be safer to use an independent “genetic underground” testing program, so as to avoid scrutiny. Even if she completes this genetic test, should she share the findings with her physician, other family ...

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