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Coronary calcium scan

A coronary calcium scan proved to have the highest cost-benefit ratio in identifying cardiac risk, compared with other screening measures (inflammation, carotid artery thickness, and peripheral artery blood pressure), according to Emory cardiology researcher Leslee Shaw. She analyzed data from 6,000 middle-aged and elderly people across the United States.


New master's degree program


The medical school has launched a new health professions program in genetic counseling. The two-year program is Georgia’s first genetic counseling training program, and its first class begins this summer. “While family history and genetic testing are increasingly becoming an integral part of medical care, there is a national shortage of board-certified genetic counselors who can help both the health care provider and the patient interpret genetic information related to risk,” says Stephen Warren, chair of the Department of Human Genetics.


Increased research funding

Despite flat budgets at the National Institutes of Health and at not-for-profit organizations, the medical school increased its research funding in 2011. The school received $348.4 million, up from $347.7 million in 2010.


It's official

Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s Health System successfully closed the terms of their partnership, establishing a joint operating company that combines Saint Joseph’s Hospital with Emory Johns Creek Hospital under the Emory Healthcare umbrella. All regulatory approvals were received. Emory Healthcare holds majority ownership of Saint Joseph’s Hospital with a 51/49 percentage split, and Saint Joseph’s has super majority voting rights on certain issues related to its mission.


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