Morehouse School of Medicine gets $26M donation from Bloomberg

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The funds will be used to reduce medical school loan debt for Black students currently enrolled and receiving financial aid – totaling about $100,000 per student.

ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.

On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

The donation is part of a greater $100-million fund for students attending the nation’s four historically Black medical schools, including Morehouse School of Medicine.

According to the school, the funds will be used to reduce medical school loan debt for Black students currently enrolled and receiving financial aid – totaling about $100,000 per student.

RELATED: Oklahoma high school basketball star to attend HBCU in Atlanta, receives $180K ROTC scholarship

Bloomberg himself taped a video message

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Questions about precision medicine? Stanford’s Lloyd Minor has answers

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Precision medicine is seen by many as the next frontier in health care. Stanford Medicine, among other institutions, is trying to lead the way.

It recently established a strategic vision on how to focus on “keeping people healthy and providing care that is tailored to individual variations.” And its dean, Lloyd Minor, is the author of a new book: “Discovering Precision Health: Predict, Prevent, and Cure to Advance Health and Well-Being.” 

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ClinOne Partners with CQuentia to Add COVID-19 and Comprehensive Precision Medicine Testing to Their Suite of Clinical Trial Operating Services and Virtual Trials

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today ClinOne announced a strategic partnership with CQuentia to bring focused and personalized molecular testing to clinical trial patients. ClinOne’s mission is to simplify and accelerate clinical trials for those conducting, participating in and benefiting from clinical studies in onsite, remote, and strictly virtual settings. “Our goal is to increase patient access to life changing clinical trials, while continually analyzing operations and developing workflows and capabilities to minimize our clients’ costs,” explains Rob Bohacs, ClinOne’s CEO. Partnering with a laboratory such as CQuentia, provides a depth of diagnostic testing that expands ClinOne’s offering and brings comprehensive lab solutions directly to the patients.

ClinOne continuously evaluates the market for innovative companies and products to add to its suite of e-clinical technologies. “CQuentia is a thought leader in genomic testing and a natural fit, given their comprehensive COVID-19 testing capabilities offered at or near patients’ homes,” explains Dr. Elizabeth

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LifeTime Initiative with BSC Aims to Improve European Healthcare Through Cell-Based Interceptive Medicine

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Sept. 8, 2020 — Hundreds of innovators, research pioneers, clinicians, industry leaders and policy makers from all around Europe are united by a vision of how to revolutionize healthcare. In two publications – a perspective article in the journal Nature and the LifeTime Strategic Research Agenda – they now present a detailed roadmap of how to leverage the latest scientific breakthroughs and technologies over the next decade, to track, understand and treat human cells throughout an individual’s lifetime.

Magnification of miniature chips: Single cells are encapsulated in tiny droplets and supplied with reagents for further processing. Image courtesy of BSC.

The LifeTime initiative, including the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), has developed a strategy to advance personalized treatment for five major disease classes: cancer, neurological-, infectious-, chronic inflammatory- and cardiovascular diseases. The aim is a new age of personalized, cell-based interceptive medicine for Europe with the potential of improved health

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DVIDS – News – I am Navy Medicine, and FY 2019 SARP Counselor of the Year: ABH1 Betancourt

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For her outstanding performance of duties – including implementing improvements and innovation – Aviation Boatswain Mate (Handler) 1st Class Rocio I. Betancourt was selected as the fiscal year 2019 Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) Active Duty Counselor of the Year in Navy Medicine.

Betancourt, a San Diego native and Herbert Hoover High School 2002 graduate, has been in the Navy for approximately 17 years, beginning her career as an undesignated airmen. She spent 14 years primarily assigned to large deck commands, including USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

“During those years I met many people in need of emotional support dealing with various life stressors. I would help anyone in any way I could in hope that they would be stable enough to keep themselves safe out to sea. Working on a flight deck is

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Does Concierge Medicine Make Sense for You?

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Concierge medicine has established itself as a distinct type of healthcare delivery system due to its flexibility, efficiency and access. However, this membership-based access to quality healthcare doesn’t come cheap. If you’re looking for a doctor in a concierge medicine practice, you might be wondering about the pros and cons, as well as whether the cost is worth the benefits you and your family receive. To better understand, here’s everything you need to know to make an informed decision on concierge medicine. Consider talking to a financial advisor about whether concierge medicine fits into your budget given the scope of your larger financial strategy.

What Is Concierge Medicine?

Concierge medicine or retainer medicine is a delivery model that gives members 24/7 access to physicians via phone calls and prompt access to doctors. It also gives them access to highly personalized, comprehensive healthcare, including such premium services as body composition analysis

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Stanford Medicine experts advise school districts on COVID-19 tests | News Center

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Kong was motivated to reach out to schools when she saw how parents of school-age kids were struggling with campus closures and a lack of child care.

“We heard a lot of the talk during back-to-school planning about how you set up classrooms, handwashing, masking,” she said. “But we didn’t hear about testing. For schools, that’s not what they normally do; they didn’t know how to think about it. So we put it out there that we have capacity, and we’re happy to work with schools and districts on this.” 

Jennifer Fralick, administrative director of pathology and clinical labs at Stanford Health Care; Megan Bliss, director of strategic operations; Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatrics and of health research and policy; Nancy Ewen Wang, MD, professor of emergency medicine; and James Zehnder, MD, professor of pathology and of medicine, have also been working with Kong to respond to local districts’

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The High Priestess: Re-envisioning The Sacred With Flower Medicine

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Welcome back witches, mystics and stoners! I know it’s been a hot minute since my last column, but we’re back, baby! As we’ve continued to move through a Covid world, at least here in the US, one of the ways I’ve been able to survive is by working with cannabis as a tool to help me be present and grounded in my body when my mind is all over the place and my thoughts feel scattered. Plant medicine is exactly that; a sacred practice where we are able to commune and find resonance with sacred herbs and flowers. Of course, we’re talking about cannabis, but this practice can also include herbs like lavender, mugwort, rose, damiana and even resin like copal, myrrh and frankincense. To help you all find your own style of sacred plant medicine rituals, I talked to one of my favorite witches, Taylor Cordova, aka the Flowerchild

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Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital achieves heart valve milestone

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Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital has achieved a milestone: the completion of its 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure with zero in-hospital mortalities.

“Our TAVR team is very proud of this milestone achievement,” says Imran N. Ahmad, MD, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Central DuPage Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “With the expansion of TAVR to low-risk surgical patients, we have experienced increases in physician referrals for evaluation for this minimally invasive therapy. Our program growth has successfully met this need in a safe and efficient manner. This accomplishment is reflective of the hard work and dedication that we provide to each of our patients. We are very proud of our excellent clinical outcomes”



During TAVR, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons thread an artificial valve to the heart via a catheter, or tube, inserted in the patient’s groin. The patient’s aortic valve is then

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USC Keck School of Medicine dean to step down after 3 years

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a man and a woman posing for a picture: Dr. Laura Mosqueda, at left in 2014 with gerontologist Dr. Kerry Burnight, will step down as dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine. (Kevin Chang / Coastline Pilot)

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Dr. Laura Mosqueda, at left in 2014 with gerontologist Dr. Kerry Burnight, will step down as dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. (Kevin Chang / Coastline Pilot)

The dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine will step down after not quite three years in her post, the university announced on Monday, marking a change of leadership during a pandemic that has altered healthcare and brought upheaval to American higher education.

Dr. Laura Mosqueda’s last day as dean will be Sept. 15. The physician will take on a new role focusing on geriatric healthcare and elder justice, “part of USC’s long-term growth plan for our entire healthcare system,” according to a memo issued by Provost Charles Zukoski.

No further reason was provided for Mosqueda’s departure as dean. Zukoski said in his memo that Dr. Narsing Rao, the chair of USC’s ophthalmology program, would take

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