The National Institutes of Health is recruiting one million people for the largest epidemiological study in the world.
The "All of Us" research program looks not only at traditional biological aspects but includes environment and lifestyle along with the biology. Research focuses on the intersection of those 3 factors. By looking at very large group of people, NIH hopes to improve the way doctors can treat chronic disease with precision medicine tools.
Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual.
It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history.
Participants will be asked to share different kinds of information like your name and where you live, your health, family, home, and work.
They will also be asked for health records and blood and urine samples over a five year period, to build a national databse of patterns and trends.
It’s a five-year study.
"We are going to to look at lifestyle. We are going to look at environment. People may live in cities or in rural areas. We are going to look at blood tests including biomarkers and genes," says Dr. Cara East, with Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.
Baylor Scott and White health is the only Texas site in the program.
The goal is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. People who join will give us information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.
It is the cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.