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June 21st, 2018

Epstein family gift enhances sports medicine research and care at USC

Epstein Family Foundation donates $10 million to name the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine Contacts: Meg Aldrich Meg.Aldrich@med.usc.edu, 323-442-3941 or Gary Polakovic polakovi@usc.edu, 213-740-9226 Researchers and clinicians at the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will advance their pioneering work on treatments and techniques to prevent and heal sports-related injuries thanks to […]

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June 21st, 2018

Putting animals in their best light – USC researchers find some shades of LED lamps threaten wildlife

An international team of scientists unveils a new tool to help protect animals from harmful hues of light Contact: Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9226 or polakovi@usc.edu A new generation of outdoor lights spreading across landscapes require greater scrutiny to reduce harm to wildlife, says a USC-led research group that developed a new tool to help fix the problem. […]

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June 21st, 2018

Elder abuse: The signs of this growing problem

With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, University of Southern California experts provide insights about this important issue that is affecting parents, grandparents and families around the country. Contact: Jeremy Pepper at pepper@usc.edu or (213) 740-8606 It’s a big problem – and growing From Sumner Redstone’s claims to Stan Lee’s lawsuit, elder abuse is in the news. One […]

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June 21st, 2018

‘Walking molecules’ Haul Damaged DNA to the Cell’s ER

Amid the rise of CRISPR and genome editing, scientists are still learning more about DNA repair and its significance in aging and diseases such as cancer  Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu; or Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9226 or polakovi@usc.edu The cell has its own paramedic team and emergency room to aid and repair damaged DNA, a new USC […]

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June 20th, 2018

A diabetes diagnosis later in life may signal early pancreatic cancer in African-Americans and Latinos

A new study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC shows that African-Americans and Latinos who are diagnosed with diabetes after age 50 are at increased risk of developing one of the deadliest forms of cancer Contact: Mary Dacuma at (323) 865-7839 or mary.dacuma@med.usc.edu LOS ANGELES – Each year, more than one million Americans are diagnosed […]

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June 20th, 2018

‘Gut instinct’ may have been the GPS of human ancestors

USC scientists find the nerve connecting the gut to the brain is key for remembering where food is Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu; or Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9226 or polakovi@usc.edu Ask anyone if they remember where they ate the juiciest burger, the sweetest cupcake or the smoothest bisque, and they probably can describe the location […]

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June 20th, 2018

USC analysis calculates air pollution levels in L.A. neighborhoods

Contact: Jeremy Pepper, (213) 740-8606 orpepper@usc.edu A new USC analysis of air quality data shows sharply different levels of air pollution across the Los Angeles area, with Chinatown suffering from the unhealthiest air. Altadena had the lowest air pollution. The analysis used an artificial intelligence model, developed through collaborations at USC, that can measure particulate […]

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June 7th, 2018

Long way home: LA’s evening traffic moves slower

It’s not just you: the drive home really is longer in L.A. Contact: Ron Mackovich, rmackovi@usc.edu or (213) 810-8583USC research shows it’s often faster to get to work in the morning than it is to get home at night. Your evening commute? It’s probably a lot longer than your morning drive, even though it’s essentially the same […]

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June 4th, 2018

Timing is everything to build kidneys from scratch

USC researchers show stem cells fashion kidney functions based on when they converge together. Contact: Cristy Lytal at (323) 442-2172, cristy.lytal@med.usc.edu Arriving early or late can have big consequences for early-stage cells that gather to form a new kidney, a team of USC researchers discovered. The scientists showed how progenitor cells that form the kidney’s filtering units, called […]

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