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March 11th, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Briefing regarding the death of Victor McElhaney

Victor McElhaney, a gifted musician and a beloved member of the Trojan Family, tragically lost his life as the victim in a failed robbery attempt over the weekend. His mother, Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, will address the media. WHO: Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Councilmember Regina Scott, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department […]

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March 6th, 2019

Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice reversed with special diet

Compounds found in green tea and carrots improved memory and problem-solving ability in mice genetically programmed to develop cognitive impairment. Contact: Leigh Hopper (310) 308-0405 or A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease, USC researchers say. Researchers emphasize that the study, recently […]

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March 5th, 2019

Fasting-mimicking diet holds promise for treating people with inflammatory bowel disease, USC study finds

Clinical trial shows reduction of inflammation in humans; fasting-mimicking diet appears to reverse Crohn’s and colitis pathology in mice Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or What if a special diet could reduce inflammation and repair your gut? USC researchers provided evidence that a low-calorie “fasting-mimicking” diet has the potential to do just that. Published […]

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February 21st, 2019

U.S. drug overdose death rates the highest among wealthy nations, USC study finds

Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or In the most comprehensive international comparison of its kind, a USC study found that the United States has the highest drug overdose death rates among a set of high-income countries. Drug overdose mortality has reached unprecedented levels in the United States, more than tripling over the past two […]

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February 15th, 2019

Undersea carbon gases could superheat the planet, USC study shows

Geologic carbon reservoirs on the bottom of the ocean caused global warming before — and they could do it again, according to research by an international team of scientists led by USC Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or The world’s oceans could harbor an unpleasant surprise for global warming, based on new research that shows how […]

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January 30th, 2019

‘Dirty’ mice lead USC researchers to possible culprit in autoimmune disease

Mice from pet stores co-housed with lab mice for two weeks helped scientists understand the role of a protein that modulates the inflammation response. Contact: Leigh Hopper (310) 308-0405 or When is a dirty mouse a good mouse? USC researchers can answer that question: They introduced squeaky-clean lab mice to rodents from the outside world — […]

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January 28th, 2019

Prominent Trojans to be recognized at 86th annual USC Alumni Awards on May 4

Prominent Trojans to be recognized at annual USC Alumni Awards USC Trustee Kathleen L. McCarthy, marketing and communications executive Michael Nyman, and biotech entrepreneur Kevin Xu, honored for professional achievements and legacy of service at the 86th annual awards on May 4, Contact: Patrick Auerbach at 213-740-9490 or or Eddie North-Hager at 213-821-9412 or Seven […]

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January 24th, 2019

Childhood exposure to traffic pollution linked to unhealthy diet in adolescence

Nitrogen dioxide, from cars and power plant emissions, may influence food-seeking behavior, a USC study suggests. Contact: Leigh Hopper (310) 308-0405 or Could air pollution be making us fat? A new USC study suggests that exposure to traffic pollution during childhood makes adolescents 34 percent more likely to eat foods high in unhealthy trans fats – […]

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