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June 8th, 2017

Overweight children are excluded from friendships, study finds

Negative social interactions can increase the kids’ risk of loneliness, depression, poor eating habits and illness Contact: Zen Vuong at (213) 300-1381 or Overweight children have more unreciprocated friendships and frenemies than their thinner counterparts, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study finds. In a survey of 504 preteens in the Netherlands, researchers […]

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June 8th, 2017

Longtime alumni leader Rod Nakamoto elected to USC Board of Trustees

Contact: USC Media Relations at (213) 740-2215 or June 7, 2017 — Financial adviser Rod Nakamoto ’83, MBA ’94 has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. Nakamoto has a long history as a USC volunteer and alumni leader. He concluded his year-long term as president of the USC Alumni Association (USCAA) Board […]

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June 8th, 2017

W. M. Keck Foundation names Healthcare Center at USC with $10 million gift

Generous support expands on prior $150 million gift for Keck Medicine of USC Contact: USC Media Relations at (213) 740-2215 or June 7, 2017 — The W. M. Keck Foundation is giving $10 million to support a USC Health Sciences Campus facility critical to advanced patient care, expanding upon the foundation’s longstanding and transformative […]

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June 6th, 2017

Business and community leaders explore benefits of east Los Angeles biotech park

Biotech can improve and extend quality of life, as well as open broad employment opportunities. Contact: Pamela Madrid (626) 297-7199 or; or Ron Mackovich (213) 740-6156 or WHEN: Thursday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. – noon WHERE: USC Health Sciences Campus, Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell […]

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May 31st, 2017

Detecting Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge

Cognitive tests can detect early Alzheimer’s disease in older adults without symptoms, according to a new Keck School of Medicine of USC study Contact: Cynthia Smith at (323) 442-3811 or Long before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become apparent to patients and their families, biological changes are occurring within the brain. Amyloid plaques, which are […]

May 25th, 2017

A broadcast first: KUSC to air series from Chinese symphony

CONTACT: Allison Engel 213/740-1927 Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Classical KUSC will air a series of 13 concerts from the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra — a first for U.S. radio audiences. Each concert will air from 8 – 10 p.m. on Saturdays, through Aug. 26. The series features an all-star line-up of soloists, […]

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May 24th, 2017

‘Thirdhand smoke’: Cigarette fumes have dissipated, but cancer-causing agents remain

Thirdhand smoke threatens the health of vulnerable populations, including babies, and high-exposure groups such as cleaning personnel Contact: Larissa Puro at (323) 442-7233 or; Zen Vuong at (213) 300-1381 or WHAT: In honor of “World No Tobacco Day,” on Wednesday, May 31, researchers and policy experts will size up the dangers of “thirdhand […]

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May 23rd, 2017

Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s

Marking Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, USC researchers are analyzing brain scans and big data, creating preventive medication, developing a vaccine, tracing disease progression, helping caregivers, building socially assistive robots and more to address Alzheimer’s and the complex problems that come with it. More than 70 USC researchers from across disciplines are dedicated to the […]