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Heather Huus with husband, Sean, and daughter, Paige.

Why This Young Mom Had Her Stomach Removed

Heather Huus got preventative total gastrectomy when she learned her risk of hereditary diffuse gastric cancer, an aggressive type of stomach cancer.

Elizabeth and her father

Piecing Together My Family’s Mental Health History

After my father’s suicide, I learned an enormous amount about my family—and about myself.

Family gathering holiday time

Tough Holiday Discussions About Health, Part II: Scenarios

Are you tempted to have a tough talk with a family member about health issues? Tread carefully.

Strands of DNA.

6 Reasons to Consider DNA Testing

There are countless reasons to get a genetic test. Here are six of the strongest.

Family tree.

Tough Holiday Conversations About Family Health

A holiday spent with family can be a good time for frank discussions about family health.

Family leaving beach

Know Your Family Heart Health Tree

Learn more about your family history so that you can improve your heart health.

Mother and daughter having a serious discussion at home.

Telling Your Family You Have a Genetic Disease

Unveiling that you have cancer, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic illness can stir anxiety and shame, but also relief.

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13 Important Facts About Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is on the rise in the U.S. Here are 13 things you should know about this often misunderstood condition.

Dr. John C. Morris

Exploring Current Issues in Thyroid Cancer

A Mayo Clinic endocrinologist talks about thyroid cancer issues like overdiagnosis, and whether active surveillance is a viable treatment.

Family unpacking boxes while moving into a new house.

Can Moving to America Harm Your Sleep?

A 2017 study suggests that one’s birthplace and culture can influence the quality of sleep.