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Now, Would You Actually Use It?

Google Health has officially launched, and Deepak is on it with a review and screen shots. While most of the buzz sees it as a well-crafted site, bloggers wonder what use it will be to the average consumer. Thomas Mailund doesn't see much point to it ("I trust my physician and would want him to figure out what medicine I need, if any"), and Neil Saunders wonders how much information you'll need to input for it to be useful. At TechCrunch, they compare it to its biggest competitor, Microsoft's HealthVault, explaining that it'll focus more on the consumer side at first. "It is trying to do an end-run around the health establishment by trying to get consumers to manually load their own medical information into their profiles."

The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.