The surgeon general (the old one that is, not Sanjay Gupta) has a cool new Web tool that could be of real use to physicians and patients. The site helps users construct a family health history which can be printed out or integrated into electronic medical records. You fill in everything you know and then email relatives to complete the missing parts (at which point they can "reindex" the tree to map their own health info, if they want). It takes only about 20 minutes and the results can be "amazingly positive," the acting SG told Yahoo news.
As in, now you can gather useful health information but avoid the embarrassment of interrupting Christmas dinner to ask Grandma for the results of her last Pap smear.