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August 9th, 2017

The stalemate with nuclear North Korea

Rhetoric over a nuclear threat from North Korea intensified this week as the isolated country threatened to retaliate against the United States over new sanctions issued by the United Nations. President Trump responded that the United States would hit back with “fire and fury” – and the Dow Jones and S&P dipped. USC experts on […]

August 7th, 2017

Independent pharmacies and coupons result in big savings on drugs

After finding that prices for some common antibiotics can vary by up to $100 in one metropolitan area, USC experts suggest that patients could save money by shopping for their drugs online or at independent pharmacies. However, few Americans actively comparison shop for health care, according to a separate study by USC and Harvard Medical […]

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August 2nd, 2017

Important messages from USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Provost Michael Quick

Below are letters from President C. L. Max Nikias, along with memoranda from Provost Michael Quick, recently sent to faculty and the university community. These communications address issues regarding the former dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC. Announcement of the Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness on Aug. 2, 2017. Letter from […]

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July 31st, 2017

Rusting fool’s gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon

USC researchers find increased sulfur acidification in glacial samples, resulting primarily from the oxidation of fool’s gold and release of CO2 into the atmosphere Contact: Ian Chaffee, (213) 810-8554 or ichaffee@usc.edu Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. One more reason to hold with those who favor fire: USC scientists have […]

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July 26th, 2017

US, European countries lead in quality aging

A new instrument to gauge the health and well-being of aging populations, The John A. Hartford Foundation Index of Societal Aging, was created through a collaboration between USC and Columbia University health and policy experts who will launch it this week. They will be available for interviews. Additional details are below. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) […]

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July 20th, 2017

Experts: One in Three Cases of Dementia Preventable; Nonmedical Therapies Ideal for Dementia

The first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care identifies powerful tools to prevent dementia and touts the benefits of nonmedical interventions for people with dementia Contact: Meg Aldrich at (323) 442-3941 or meg.aldrich@med.usc.edu Managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, smoking, hypertension and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases, according to […]

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July 19th, 2017

Deep blue carbon storage

USC and Caltech scientists speed up a natural process that could make deep ocean waters the perfect lockbox for neutralized carbon, raising the possibility that humans could help the Earth cope with greenhouse gases. Contact: Ian Chaffee, (213) 810-8554 or ichaffee@usc.edu Scientists at USC and Caltech have accelerated a normally slow, natural chemical reaction, by […]

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July 11th, 2017

Medicare, Medicare Advantage physician rates nearly equal

Although many Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage – the private version of Medicare – little was known about its physician reimbursement rates. USC researchers compared physician reimbursement by Medicare Advantage plans to traditional Medicare rates. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu Medicare Advantage plans managed by private insurers pay physicians prices that are […]

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July 11th, 2017

Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life, scientist says

Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is associated with lower mortality, which suggests the association is not tied to caffeine Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu Here’s another reason to start the day with a cup of joe: Scientists have found that people who drink coffee appear to live longer. Drinking coffee was associated […]

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July 6th, 2017

Sweating out increasingly hot summers

The National Weather Service forecasts another heat wave this week, with the possibility for record-high temps in some areas over the weekend, as well as thunderstorms. High temperatures are more than just a good excuse to hit the beach – they can impact flight plans, our wellbeing and even compound socioeconomic disparity, USC experts say. […]