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March 11th, 2018

Black male student-athletes and racial inequities in college sports

A new report from USC finds that while Black men make up over half of student-athletes on scholarship, they comprise just 2.4 percent of undergraduates at Power Five athletic conference universities. Provost Professor Shaun Harper of the USC Race and Equity Center studied 65 universities for the third edition of “Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division 1 College Sports.”

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March 9th, 2018

Tariffs: A win for American jobs or the start of a trade war?

President Trump has signed an order imposing new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum that will affect trade partners, such as China, but excludes Canada, the leading source of Ameican steel, and Mexico. USC experts explain who wins and who loses when tariffs are imposed. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or gersema@usc.edu Photo credit: […]

March 8th, 2018

Pioneering oncologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee announced as University of Southern California’s 2018 commencement speaker

More than 60,000 members of the Trojan Family will unite on the University Park Campus for USC’s 135th commencement on May 11.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, a physician who has redefined public discourse on human health, will deliver the commencement address.

Mukherjee is best known for his 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” It was made into a three-part documentary by Ken Burns and was included among Time magazine’s 100 best nonfiction books of the past century.

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March 7th, 2018

5 ways to lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s

3 USC researchers offer life hacks that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu Retain a sharp, healthy brain and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by following five simple rules. Some of the tips are scientifically proven, while others show promise but require further investigation. […]

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February 28th, 2018

Scientists map, track breakaway cancerous cells with metal detection

USC Michelson Center researchers successfully utilize metal detection on a patient’s blood sample. The technique could help them build more precise treatments of cancerous cells that can spread to other organs. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 orgersema@usc.edu Metal detection has helped mining companies strike gold and airport security identify passengers who are a potential threat. […]

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February 22nd, 2018

Opioid abuse leads to heroin use and a hepatitis C epidemic, USC researcher says

Nearly everyone who used heroin transitioned to drug injection in about six months – a trend that contributes to the hepatitis C epidemic, USC-led study finds Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or zvuong@usc.edu Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as […]

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February 15th, 2018

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe – Trojan ties, expert answers

Face front, true believers! Marvel’s “Black Panther” has shattered pre-sale ticket records, trended on Twitter through the #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe hashtag, and won critical raves that position it as perhaps not only the most inventive and radical comic book film of all time, but the best as well.

February 13th, 2018

Pregnant women deficient in vitamin D may give birth to obese children

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could preprogram babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study.

Researchers found that 6-year-olds born to mothers with very low vitamin D levels during their first trimester had bigger waists – about half an inch plumper on average – than peers whose mothers had enough vitamin D in early pregnancy. These kids also had 2 percent more body fat.

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February 13th, 2018

Tiny brain region sorts out stressful memories

A tiny part of the brain plays a big role in what we successfully remember during stressful or emotional situations, according to a new USC study.

Researchers at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology found that the locus coeruleus, a small region in the brainstem, is helping to select and form what are known as “adaptive memories,” which are important for survival.

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