Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the San Diego genomics-powered, health intelligence company, announced a partnership to explore early disease detection with FirefighterAid, a local nonprofit organization that provides charitable assistance to firefighters and their families.
The company said April 11 the pilot program will screen up to 100 San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firefighters and 10 alternates to experience HLI’s Health Nucleus X Program (HNX). The HNX research protocol combines whole genome sequencing with advanced MRI imaging, paired with core cardiac testing including CT Scan and heart rhythm monitoring, the company stated in a news release.
In 2015, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other academic and US agency researchers released results of a multi-year study of cancer rates in nearly 30,000 firefighters in three major United States cities showing increased rates of certain cancers for firefighters including digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary.
HLI stated it is enrolling participants in the Health Nucleus protocol to deliver a more complete picture of individual health for early screening and detection of disease.
The firefighters will be selected to participate in HNX screening and assessment through a lottery process managed by FirefighterAid and organized by age. Firefighters who have been with the department for five or more years, fall in either the 45-49 year-old age range or are more than 50 years old and have no history of invasive cancer or serious cardiovascular disease are qualified to enroll.