Foundation Medicine, OneOncology partner to bring precision oncology to community practices

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NEW YORK Foundation Medicine and OneOncology jointly announced on Monday a strategic partnership to use real-world clinical and genomics data to improve access to genomic profiling and personalized medicine in community oncology practices across the US.

The two entities have inked a research collaboration, which will use clinico-genomic datasets to derive molecular insights and inform patient care. “I am a big proponent of understanding the molecular landscape of a patient’s cancer in order to determine the appropriate treatment course for patients with advanced cancer over multiple lines of therapy,” Lee Schwartzberg, chief medical officer at OneOncology, said in a statement. “We’re excited to optimize comprehensive genomic profiling and its power to inform more personalized care across our network.”

Within the partnership, Nashville, Tennessee-based OneOncology, a national network of five independent, community oncology practices representing over 400 providers in the US, will use its patient data to advance research and

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MoceanLab and USC Keck School of Medicine Launch Program to Help USC’s Street Medicine Team Deliver Care to L.A.’s Homeless Residents

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MoceanLab, a new L.A.-based mobility laboratory developed by Hyundai Motor Group, is launching a program to help the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Street Medicine Team care for some of the city’s most vulnerable and hard to reach residents: L.A.’s unsheltered homeless population.

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Representatives from MoceanLab and the USC Keck School of Medicine pose with two low-emission hybrid vehicles provided to USC’s Street Medicine Team to help serve L.A.’s unsheltered homeless population. (Photo: Business Wire)

MoceanLab is providing low-emission hybrid vehicles from its growing Mocean Carshare service to be used by the renowned Street Medicine Team as they travel to serve homeless residents where they reside: in homeless encampments, under freeway overpasses and in other areas that seem a world away from conventional treatment settings. The effort is part of the company’s commitment to create innovative

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Protesters call for district action on Medicine Crow principal over social media use | Local News

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The posts gained attention after being highlighted by the Facebook page for Not In Our Town Billings, a group with 3,000-plus followers that advocates for progressive causes and in particular against hate speech.

Cara Auch, a parent of two Medicine Crow students, said she was troubled by the lack of response from district officials after Upham’s initial comments, especially with the start of school looming.

“I don’t know if I’m sending (my kids) to school here or if I’m switching schools,” she said.

On Friday, Upham said the investigation was “nearing completion of the process.” Hofmann has not been placed on leave, he said, and is currently serving as Medicine Crow’s principal.

Hofmann has received support from some Billings educators. 

Billings Catholic Schools superintendent Shaun Harrington, who previously worked alongside Hofmann in several administrative roles in School District 2, sent an email of support to SD2 trustees. 

“I have never

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University of Houston College of Medicine welcomes first class, aims to tackle healthcare disparities

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HOUSTON – The University of Houston College of Medicine welcomed 30 newly-minted medical students to their chosen profession during a white coat ceremony on Saturday.

This was the first time the inaugural class came together in person, though, in a socially distant way at the Hilton University of Houston.

The white coats are more than pieces of clothing. The ceremony is designed to clarify for students. A reminder that a physician’s responsibility is to both take care of patients and care about patients, according to the university.

“For me, it symbolizes humility. The purpose that we have,” said medical student Breanna Charchere.

“It’s a responsibility. It’s an honor,” Rosemary Agwuncha, another student, said.

The socially distanced ceremony included having the new medical students reciting an oath written by the entire class. Each student put on their own coats. Affixed on their coats will be Humanism in Medicine lapel pins donated

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Doctor: If schools reopen for fall, likely to close by end of October

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  • The fall semester is quickly approaching for numerous US school districts, but lawmakers, school board members, and parents are still debating how and whether schools should reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Matt Lambert, an emergency medicine physician and former chief medical information officer for New York City Health and Hospitals, told Business Insider that schools could reopen with strict health safety precautions but that the prevalence of the virus could challenge their ability to stay open.
  • Lambert said it could be difficult identifying and separating coronavirus cases and flu cases because of the similarity between symptoms and increased exposure to others.
  • “When the flu comes back around October, it’s going to create some challenges intermingling with the coronavirus, because patients don’t come in saying, ‘I have the coronavirus,’ or, ‘I have the flu’ — they come in saying, ‘I have a fever, a cough, or shortness of breath,'” he said.
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The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Announce All-Virtual 2020 Optima Conference on the Future of Fitness

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GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The worldwide leaders in fitness certifications, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), today announced their sixth annual Optima Conference will be a virtual event produced and accessed 100% online. The exclusive insights, content and education that Optima has always offered will now be available to more participants than ever before. The virtual conference will take place online from October 13-16, 2020.

“The future of fitness requires adaptability. Taking Optima to an all-virtual format offers an opportunity to connect our community with the tools and knowledge to succeed in this rapidly changing world,” said Laurie McCartney, President of NASM and AFAA. “By bringing together the brightest minds in the fitness industry, and using the latest technology, we will connect our trainers and instructors with insights and real-world strategies that will elevate their expertise.”

The four-day event includes

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UNLV Medicine to stop curbside COVID-19 testing

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UNLV is closing its curbside COVID-19 testing site because of intense summertime heat and because the Nevada National Guard will no longer be deployed to assist with the operation.

The last patients were tested Friday morning, said Dr. Michael Gardner, vice dean of clinical affairs for the UNLV School of Medicine.

UNLV started offering free nasal swab testing March 23 at its Shadow Lane campus in central Las Vegas. More than 18,000 people have been tested since then, according to a Thursday announcement on the university’s website.

It was the longest continuously operating COVID-19 testing site in Nevada and received significant support from the Nevada National Guard, the university said.

“With the removal of the Nevada National Guard, UNLV Medicine personnel will be reassigned to their respective clinics to manage increased patient visits,” according to the announcement. “The health care providers will continue to serve remaining patients who are awaiting

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Precision medicine identifies key recurring mutation in head and neck cancers

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Head and neck cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) account for the majority of these cases. In a new study, based on preclinical research and published July 29, 2020 in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that an investigational drug candidate called tipifarnib showed promise in treating HNSCC tumors with mutations in the HRAS gene.

The findings shed new light on the HRAS gene, a member of the RAS family of genes that produce proteins that regulate a variety of cellular processes, including growth, movement and differentiation. In 4 to 8 percent of HNSCC tumors, the HRAS gene is mutated.

“This preclinical research has the potential to extend to the entire HNSCC patient community,

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Guest opinion: Badger-Two Medicine bill merits support | Columnists

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Under Tester’s bill, the Forest Service would manage the Badger as a protected roadless area where only activities that would destroy these qualities — and the area’s cultural values — would be prohibited. While new road building, mining and oil and gas development would be excluded, the Badger would still be public land open for use by every American.

But the bill also recognizes the importance of the Badger-Two Medicine to the Blackfeet people by designating a cultural heritage area and requiring regular consultation between the Blackfeet and Forest Service. The legislation also requires the Forest Service to develop a cooperative agreement with the Tribe to share administrative or management activities including public education regarding the cultural significance of the area, trail maintenance, wildlife habitat improvements, and cultural resource protection.

In addition to the added input from the Blackfeet, Tester’s bill will also establish a citizens advisory committee to help

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Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine receives approval to recruit students | Local News

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The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is one step closer to opening its doors to students.

The college’s board of trustees announced that it received approval from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation to recruit students for its inaugural class on July 9.

The decision was made at the association’s June meeting and comes after a 2-year application process. Throughout the application process, the proposed college has undergone two comprehensive studies and the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation’s commissioners have conducted extensive reviews.

After all of that, the proposed school could only earn the right to begin recruiting students after meeting all 11 accreditation standards. The standards include developing a mission, establishing leadership, generating finance, securing facilities, cultivating curriculum, hiring faculty, conducting research, building a learning environment, developing student services, Graduate Medical Education and creating learning assessment.

Founding dean and Chief Academic Officer John

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