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November 5th, 2019

USC Board of Trustees Approves Series of Governance Reforms

Changes include reducing the size of the board to 35 within the next few years Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2019 — The University of Southern California Board of Trustees today passed a series of significant reforms to its governance structure, composition and organization, announced Board Chairman Rick […]

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November 4th, 2019

USC scientists reveal key differences in how kidneys form in men and women

A cell-by-cell deconstruction of the kidney shows how key components differ by sex and offers new ways to study links between genes and disease. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or USC researchers have completed a detailed deconstruction of the kidney, revealing for the first time an intimate portrait of gender differences and more in the organ. […]

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November 1st, 2019

Source Alert: Alzheimer’s has a harder impact on women, in health and at home

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and many people don’t realize that of the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, nearly two-thirds are women. The reason for this striking discrepancy isn’t yet known, and proposed theories range from differences in hormones to lifestyle factors. USC researchers are studying the gender gap in how Alzheimer’s impacts […]

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October 28th, 2019

USC study implicates flavored e-cigs in teen vaping epidemic

Researchers found that 64% of teens using flavored e-cigs were still vaping six months later, compared to 43% who used more traditional flavors Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 A new study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, […]

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October 28th, 2019

Halloween, Day of the Dead and the science of fear: USC experts dig in

This week two different celebrations take place, with shared themes of recognizing and celebrating otherwise taboo topics surrounding death and dying. USC experts explore the origins of the traditions, dig into death rituals and explain why we love all things scary. Contact: Jenesse Miller (213) 810-8554 or Day of the Dead celebration has indigenous […]

October 24th, 2019

Trump’s Turkish call: a decision changing maps and minds

Contact: USC Media Relations, or (213) 740-2215 With unprecedented speed, President Donald Trump unleashed a Turkish military incursion that shattered a fragile order in the Middle East. As American troops leave former Kurdish allies behind, an edgy uncertainty is being felt from northern Syria to Washington, D.C., while the conflict stirs Russia and NATO. USC experts are […]

October 22nd, 2019

New study examines how diet contributes to toxic exposure for pregnant women and children

Researchers found that the higher the fish consumption, the higher the levels of toxic chemicals in both pregnant women and their children. They also found consumption of non-organic fruits and vegetables is a major source of exposure to pesticides. Contact: Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or Which foods are the healthiest, and which cause […]

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October 22nd, 2019

Research reveals why breast cancer spreads to the brain

USC researchers have determined how cancer cells target certain organs, which could help develop treatments to slow or stop the disease from spreading. Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 Most cancers kill because tumor cells spread beyond the primary site to invade other organs. Now, a USC study of brain-invading breast cancer cells circulating […]

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October 18th, 2019

Young people treated in general emergency departments more likely to be prescribed opioids

Researchers say young people seen in a general emergency department are three times more likely to be given an opioid prescription compared with similar young people treated in pediatric emergency departments. Contact: Stephanie Hedt at (213) 821-4555 or or Jenesse Miller at (213) 810-8554 or Children, adolescents and young adults treated in pediatric […]

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October 11th, 2019

USC experts share expertise about wildfires

Wildfires are burning throughout California and thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as firefighters battle blazes near Los Angeles. Earlier this week, the state’s largest power utility, PG&E, intentionally shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in an effort to avoid sparking more deadly wildfires. USC experts are available […]