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December 11th, 2017

Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services

High-deductible plans, touted for their money-saving potential, have not resulted in smarter health care choices in many instances, researchers say. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu An increasingly popular form of health insurance touted for its money-saving potential has not reduced spending on unnecessary medical services, a new study shows. Researchers from the USC Schaeffer […]

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December 11th, 2017

USC Trustees William McMorrow and Carmen Nava, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, and award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler, among prominent Trojans to be recognized at annual USC Alumni Awards

Contact: Teresa Verbeck at (213) 821-6936 or verbeck@usc.edu; Emily Gersema at (213) 740-0252 or gersema@usc.edu Seven outstanding Trojans will be honored for their professional achievements and legacy of service at the 85th Annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28, 2018, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. William McMorrow ’69, MBA ’70, a USC Trustee and […]

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December 11th, 2017

USC, Harvard-affiliated hospitals and Mayo Clinic team up to streamline Alzheimer’s research

Three renowned physician-scientists will create infrastructure that will enable researchers to accelerate clinical trials and find new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu Three premier researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, two Harvard-affiliated hospitals and Mayo Clinic […]

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December 6th, 2017

Combating eye injuries with a reversible superglue seal

Scientists and engineers at USC develop an on-the-spot, temperature-sensitive gel that could seal eye injuries on the battlefield. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu; Mary Dacuma, (323) 865-7839 or mary.dacuma@med.usc.edu; or Amy Blumenthal, (213) 821-1887 oramyblume@usc.edu When a soldier sustains a traumatic eye injury on the battlefield, any delay in treatment may lead to permanent vision […]

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December 5th, 2017

Who killed the human-driven car?

With new federal and state regulations looming, and companies like Waymo and General Motors testing automated vehicles on the streets of Phoenix and San Francisco, driverless cars could be on roads across California by the middle of next year. USC experts discuss the long road to taking our hands off the steering wheel, and what […]

December 4th, 2017

New analysis released about the role of millennials in dementia and Alzheimer’s caregiving

One out of six millennial caregivers cares for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, and the need for care is on rise Contact: Ron Mackovich, (213) 810-8583 or rmackovi@usc.edu, Pamela Madrid (626) 297-7199or pamela@pmadridcommunications.com A media briefing will be held today, Monday, Dec. 4, at 2 pm EST with the study’s authors, Alzheimer’s experts and […]

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November 27th, 2017

Yelp reviewers take a dimmer view of nursing homes than the feds

Disparities between social media and government ratings for nursing homes make the search for a nursing home an even more difficult process. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 20361-6730 gersema@usc.edu The stars are not aligned when it comes to online reviews of nursing homes. A new study by USC shows that Yelp reviewers give nursing homes significantly less […]

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November 21st, 2017

Does Black Friday still matter?

The holiday shopping season moves into high gear this week with an earlier-than-usual Black Friday. The mad dash for holiday deals may never go away, but the importance of a single day devoted to those deals appears to be waning, while the types of gifts that are popular also continue to evolve. USC experts in business, retail, technology and policy discuss the shopping trends that are shaping the 2017 holidays.

November 15th, 2017

Music training strengthens children’s brains, decision-making network

The new study by the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC is the latest in a series examining how learning to play and read music may enhance children’s brains and their emotional and intellectual development.   Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 orzvuong@usc.edu If the brain is a muscle, then learning to play an instrument and read music is […]

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November 15th, 2017

USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll: Californians narrowly divided regarding NFL kneeling protests, big majority disagree with Trump’s handling of them

The statewide USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll measured Californians’ opinions on political candidates, President Trump, top voter issues, sentiments about immigration, the new gas tax and the recent NFL protests. The first sets of results were released on Nov. 9 and 10 and are available online. This is the final set. Contact: James Key, (213) 821-2992 or jameskey@usc.edu or Zen Vuong, (213) […]

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