News Releases

July 31st, 2017

Rusting fool’s gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon

USC researchers find increased sulfur acidification in glacial samples, resulting primarily from the oxidation of fool’s gold and release of CO2 into the atmosphere Contact: Ian Chaffee, (213) 810-8554 or Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. One more reason to hold with those who favor fire: USC scientists have […]

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July 26th, 2017

US, European countries lead in quality aging

A new instrument to gauge the health and well-being of aging populations, The John A. Hartford Foundation Index of Societal Aging, was created through a collaboration between USC and Columbia University health and policy experts who will launch it this week. They will be available for interviews. Additional details are below. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) […]

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July 20th, 2017

Experts: One in Three Cases of Dementia Preventable; Nonmedical Therapies Ideal for Dementia

The first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care identifies powerful tools to prevent dementia and touts the benefits of nonmedical interventions for people with dementia Contact: Meg Aldrich at (323) 442-3941 or Managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, smoking, hypertension and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases, according to […]

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July 19th, 2017

Deep blue carbon storage

USC and Caltech scientists speed up a natural process that could make deep ocean waters the perfect lockbox for neutralized carbon, raising the possibility that humans could help the Earth cope with greenhouse gases. Contact: Ian Chaffee, (213) 810-8554 or Scientists at USC and Caltech have accelerated a normally slow, natural chemical reaction, by […]

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July 11th, 2017

Medicare, Medicare Advantage physician rates nearly equal

Although many Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage – the private version of Medicare – little was known about its physician reimbursement rates. USC researchers compared physician reimbursement by Medicare Advantage plans to traditional Medicare rates. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or Medicare Advantage plans managed by private insurers pay physicians prices that are […]

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July 11th, 2017

Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life, scientist says

Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is associated with lower mortality, which suggests the association is not tied to caffeine Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or Here’s another reason to start the day with a cup of joe: Scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer. Drinking coffee was associated […]

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July 6th, 2017

Sweating out increasingly hot summers

The National Weather Service forecasts another heat wave this week, with the possibility for record-high temps in some areas over the weekend, as well as thunderstorms. High temperatures are more than just a good excuse to hit the beach – they can impact flight plans, our wellbeing and even compound socioeconomic disparity, USC experts say. […]

July 5th, 2017

Keck School of medicine of USC receives $6.9 million NIH grant to promote ambitious pulmonary medicine research

Seven-year grant will support research that could lead to new therapies for common lung diseases Contact: Meg Aldrich at (323) 442-3941 or The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is one of four institutions in California to receive a multimillion dollar R35 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s […]

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June 29th, 2017

Stiff vessels, low blood flow in the brain forewarn of dementia

USC researchers plan to explore whether constricted vessels could be targeted by existing drugs that were approved for treating other health conditions. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or; or Michelle Boston, (213) 821-9311 or A combination of high blood pressure and decreased blood flow inside the brain may spur the build-up of harmful […]

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June 23rd, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: The new Senate health care bill

Experts at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics are available to discuss details of the newly released Senate Republicans’ health care bill and how it compares to the Affordable Care Act, as well as alternative proposals to improve health insurance in America. The following researchers have conducted extensive research on the pros […]