USC in the News

USC In the News 6/14/2017

USA Today featured research by Shohreh Farzan and Jill Johnston of Keck Medicine of USC on the makeup of the dust covering the communities surrounding the Salton Sea. "Other researchers have detected toxic metals in samples taken directly from the playa, but we don’t know if these contaminants are being carried in the dust and making their way into the communities," said Farzan. If metal is found in the dust, that could be the answer to the respiratory issues the community faces, according to Johnston.

The San Diego Union-Tribune featured research by Paul Aisen and Michael Donohue of the USC Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute that found Alzheimer's disease can affect the brain long before the symptoms of mental deterioration are visible. The researchers surmise this could mean twice as many people will develop the brain disease worldwide than previously estimated. "I think that screening for amyloid abnormalities is going to be part of health care, when we have effective therapy for Alzheimer’s disease," said Aisen. U.S. News & World Report (in a HealthDay story) and United Press International covered the study.

STAT published an op-ed by William Vega of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's Roybal Institute on Aging and a colleague on how Alzheimer's disease disproportionately affects minority communities. According to Vega, not only is Alzheimer's disease more common among Latinos and African-Americans, but they are also less likely to be diagnosed before the disease has caused significant cognitive decline and less likely to recognize the disease's symptoms.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted research by Christian Pike of the USC Davis School on how individuals that carry a gene that may be related to Alzheimer's disease might increase their risk of cognitive decline if they have an unhealthy diet. The study found eating foods high in sugar and fat increased the risk for both Alzheimer's disease and obesity with the inherited gene of APOE4 is present.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Todd Richmond of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about the importance of virtual reality developers recognizing the possible negative effects of the technology's growing pervasiveness.

Wired quoted Christopher Smith of the USC Annenberg School on the need for Netflix to focus its production efforts on the most successful shows and movies.

Wired published a story produced by the USC Annenberg School's Center for Health Journalism about the dangers of urban heat islands.

Daily Mail (UK) cited research by Alexandre Bonnin of Keck Medicine of USC on how infections during pregnancy can affect the neurotransmitter serotonin in developing babies.

Forbes cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative on the limited opportunities for female directors.

USA Today "College" noted Will Ferrell gave the 2017 commencement address at USC.

Alternet cited research by Valter Longo of the USC Davis School about the benefits for the immune system when following a fasting-mimicking diet.