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August 15th, 2017

Kids’ waistlines continue to grow

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. About 17 percent of children in the United States are obese, according to federal health statistics. Children who are obese face more bullying and can be excluded from friendships. Obesity can take a mental, social and even physical toll on growing kids. USC faculty are available to discuss how […]

August 9th, 2017

The stalemate with nuclear North Korea

Rhetoric over a nuclear threat from North Korea intensified this week as the isolated country threatened to retaliate against the United States over new sanctions issued by the United Nations. President Trump responded that the United States would hit back with “fire and fury” – and the Dow Jones and S&P dipped. USC experts on […]

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. […]

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 […]

June 21st, 2017

Blurred lines between political news, reality TV, fake news

Cable news networks are the must-see TV of the Trump era. Primetime cable news audiences increased 55 percent in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, and have stayed strong amid events such as the recent hearings held by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. USC experts explain how such political events and news become a […]

June 14th, 2017

iPhone’s 10th birthday: Pros and cons of screen time addiction

Apple released its first iPhone on June 29, 2007 — forever changing how people interact with each other and the world. A decade later, smartphones are seemingly welded into hands, leaving people feeling vulnerable when they forget the device at home. USC researchers discuss the pros and cons of how smartphones have transformed our daily […]

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 Cynthia.Smith@med.usc.edu 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 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 […]

May 19th, 2017

Do androids dream of taking your job?

Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the United States may be vulnerable to automation, computerization, artificial intelligence, robots and other machines within 15 years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. USC experts in manufacturing, technology, labor, education and business discuss the continued growing pains for work and society in the age of automation. Image: Illustration/iStock Contact: Ian Chaffee […]