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October 9th, 2018

Will 2018 be a ‘Year of the Woman’?

A record number of women are running for office in 2018 and some are predicting another “Year of the Woman” — a reference to 1992, when an unprecedented number of women were elected to Congress. But the #MeToo movement, along with the controversy surrounding newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has called into question […]

October 5th, 2018

Most teens who tried marijuana used it in various forms, research finds

A USC study raises concerns about adolescent health amid a booming cannabis market that touts sleekly packaged products claiming an array of health benefits Contact: Leigh Hopper (213) 740-5277 or Most teens who’ve tried marijuana have used the drug in more than one form, including cannabis products that are smoked, eaten or vaped, new USC […]

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October 2nd, 2018

One more year of high school may affect obesity later in life

A USC Dornsife study finds that together, genetics and years of education can influence whether someone becomes obese Contact: Emily Gersema (213) 361-6730, or Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554, What a difference a year of high school can make — for long-term health. In 1972, England, Scotland and Wales raised the mandatory school attendance […]

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September 25th, 2018

USC receives $17.8 million grant for more research on tobacco-related health risks

FDA funding will support studies to assess and prevent harm from tobacco products   Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-9226) or A new, $17.8 million grant will ensure USC remains at the forefront of research to protect people from tobacco-related health risks. The money will be used to promote biomedical and behavioral research to build the […]

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September 25th, 2018

Millennials and midterms: will they vote and will it matter?

Millennials are an unpredictable voting bloc. Young voters could have an outsized influence on a number of important races in the upcoming midterm elections, but experts are split on whether this will be a watershed year for millennial turnout. Today is National Voter Registration Day, when civic groups hope to inspire millennials and other targeted […]

September 21st, 2018

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against Alzheimer’s disease

USC researchers find humanin levels play an important function in the aging process Contact: Orli Belman (213-821-9852) or New research from USC has uncovered a previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The study provides insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented. […]

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September 21st, 2018

Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses, USC research finds

Particle pollution is the culprit, raising concern about health impacts later in life Contact: Gary Polakovic (213-740-9226) or Soot and dust alters thyroid development in fetuses before they are born in smoggy cities, raising concern about health impacts later in life, new USC research shows. It means before a doctor cuts the umbilical cord or a […]

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September 21st, 2018

Ford-Kavanaugh assault allegations: Who do you believe?

Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has thrown his confirmation process into question. The response to the accusation by pundits, politicos and the public reveals an intensifying gender divide, all against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. Contact: Ron Mackovich or (213) 810-8583 The strategy of intimidation […]

September 19th, 2018

Freshman class at USC continues to set records for diversity, academic achievement

More students say yes than ever before; 1 in 4 have perfect GPA and 17 percent are first-generation Contact: Ron Mackovich, or (213) 810-8583 Even as fewer students are offered admission to USC, more of the highest-achieving students are saying yes. The university is more selective than ever, offering admission to a record low 13 percent of […]

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September 14th, 2018

Hurricane Florence advances: lessons from Puerto Rico

As North Carolina and South Carolina endure Hurricane Florence, Puerto Rico marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. President Trump called the FEMA response to Puerto Rico “an unsung success” and dismissed findings that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane. USC experts are available to talk about disaster preparedness, the role […]