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June 1st, 2018

More than just numbers: USC experts on what the L.A. homeless count means

Results from the 2018 Homeless Count showed improvements in Los Angeles’ mighty struggle against homelessness. Countywide, homelessness fell by three percent to 53,195 – the first drop in four years. Chronic homelessness is down, and housing placements for veterans and youth have increased. While those numbers are encouraging, Los Angeles remains one of the least […]

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May 31st, 2018

Rick Caruso Is Elected Chair of USC Board of Trustees

Contact: USC Media Relations at uscnews@usc.edu or (213) 740-2215 The University of Southern California Board of Trustees has elected Rick Caruso as its chair effective immediately. He succeeds John Mork, who completed his full five-year term as chair. Caruso is a long-serving member of the USC community, an alumnus (Bachelor of Science, 1980), a current […]

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May 31st, 2018

Hunger peptides sent through the brain’s fluid give you an appetite

Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; or Gary Polakovic, (213) 740-9926 or polakovi@usc.edu A USC study shows the brain’s plumbing system serves double duty, flushing waste and channeling a hunger molecule that tells you when you should eat. “People usually think of brain cells as communicating signals through the synapses between them,” said Emily Noble, a postdoctoral […]

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May 25th, 2018

Poll: Voters back gas tax repeal, have mixed feelings about high-speed rail before knowing cost

The latest USC Dornsife/LA Times poll of Californians reveals how they feel about hot-button election issues, including a proposal to expand the property tax benefits of Prop. 13.  Contact: Jim Key, (213) 821-2992 or jameskey@usc.edu or Eddie North-Hager, (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu The 2017 law to increase the gas tax and vehicle registration fee is more popular among Californians than President […]

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May 25th, 2018

Study: Most concussion patients fall under the radar

A national study reveals a lack of follow-up care for patients who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, even among those who experience persistent, long-term symptoms. Contact: Stephanie Hedt, (213) 821-4555 or hedt@healthpolicy.usc.edu; or Eddie North-Hager (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu More than half of patients hospitalized for a concussion receive no follow-up care within three months […]

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May 25th, 2018

Social media posts may signal whether a protest will become violent

The study also finds that people are more likely to condone using violence to defend their beliefs when they think others share their moral values. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; Eddie North-Hager (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu A USC-led study of violent protest has found that moral rhetoric on Twitter may signal whether a protest will […]

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May 23rd, 2018

USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll: Large lead for Newsom in race for governor, new federal tax law unpopular

Trump’s approval rating remains low and largely unchanged from November, while a majority of all Californians and a growing number of people representing the diversity of the state – including Democrats, Republicans and even Trump supporters – think that things in California are going in the right direction. Contact: Jim Key, (213) 821-2992 or jameskey@usc.edu or Eddie North-Hager, […]

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May 23rd, 2018

Fossilized skull hints at when Pangea split

A small fossil is evidence that Earth’s ancient supercontinent, Pangea, separated some 15 million years later than previously believed. Contact: Gary Polakovic, ‭(323) 527-7770‬ or polakovi@usc.edu A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely occurred more recently than scientists previously thought […]

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May 22nd, 2018

States should leverage competition to increase access to hepatitis C cures

National experts recommend a strategy for states to negotiate with manufacturers to increase access to cures for hepatitis C patients. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu; or Stephanie Hedt, (213) 821-4555 or hedt@healthpolicy.usc.edu There is a cure or the nation’s deadliest infectious disease, hepatitis C, but at tens of thousands of dollars per patient in upfront costs, […]

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