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St. Jude Wins $1.7M federal grant

St. Jude has picked up $1.7 million in federal grant funding for its St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study.

Begun in 2007, the study hopes to identify a large group of pediatric cancer survivors and track health outcomes over the course of their lives. The larger purpose: to gain insight into the long-term effects of the illness and treatments used on children.

The study is currently made up of patients age 18 and older who got their diagnosis at least 10 years ago. The new funding will help expand the scope of the study to those diagnosed between five and 10 years ago, as well.

Some of the funding will also go toward meals, housing and the transportation of patients.

Housing Prices, Bubbles and Irrationality

Interesting discussion on booms and busts in the real estate market:

“Developers and builders will, one way or another, exploit overpricing, increasing effective supply, in that way bringing real estate prices down.”

Former Grizzlies Star Gay Selling Memphis Home

Former Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay is trying to unload his Memphis mansion.

Gay, now with the Sacramento Kings, has listed his 8,373-square-foot home – yes, you read that right – in Galloway for $2.2 million, according to

The four-bedroom home features five full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. This custom home overlooking Galloway Golf Course has an amazing master suite with adjoining sitting room and fireplace, luxurious master bath, spacious custom closets, and attached nursery/office with full bath.

If you want to see how an N.B.A. star lives check out the photos here.



Medtronic and Samsung unveil partnership

Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – has announced a major partnership with Samsung to help improve some of the things associated with diabetes management for the millions of people living with and at risk of the disease.

The companies are developing a range of solutions that include everything from the ability to remotely view diabetes data to integrating mobile and wearable devices into diabetes management systems.

Details of the partnership were announced at the recent American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions. The companies said their first project “focuses on delivering more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data by developing mobile applications optimized for Samsung mobile devices that will enable the viewing of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring information.”

That application will work with Medtronic`s MiniMed Connect product, which provides access to important diabetes information for people with diabetes as well as remote alerts for their loved ones, and it’s expected to be available in the U.S. later this year.

Hnedak Scholarship Winners Hit Europe

You might remember Branden Canepa and Thor Harland, the Hnedak Bobo Group team members who won the inaugural Gregory O. Hnedak Travel Scholarship.

We wrote about them here back in January.

Well, Canepa and Harland have touched down in Europe and they’re blogging about it.

Canepa will walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

Harland is travelling through London and Paris to study the interplay between history and progress in design, how the old and new mix together in the built environment.

You can follow the pair’s adventures on their blog, where they’ve already posted some updates and great pictures. You can also follow along on Facebook.