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October 16th, 2020

Restricted blood flow in the brain could be tied to Alzheimer’s

USC study reveals one-two punch of symptoms that exacerbate Alzheimer’s Contact: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 A new Alzheimer’s study found that impaired blood flow in the brain is correlated with the buildup of tau tangles, a hallmark indicator of cognitive decline. The work, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that treatments targeting vascular health […]

October 14th, 2020

USC study underscores the gut-brain connection, shows hunger hormone impacts memory

A close study of the hunger hormone ghrelin shows that it affects how frequently animals eat. Without it, they may forget when they last ate. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 A hormone that influences when and how frequently animals eat also appears to affect memory, USC scientists have found. Animals and humans have the hormone […]

October 11th, 2020

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine announcement sparks hope and questions about next steps

This week, drugmaker Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective as it shared preliminary data from a late-stage clinical trial. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “extraordinary.” USC experts are available to discuss the company’s and its competitors’ vaccine technologies, potential […]

September 30th, 2020

USC, Google, and other partners aim to help get election info to voters

Leaders from government, technology and academia have launched a voter outreach effort to amplify accurate election information ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3. Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168 USC has allied with Google, elected officials, and nonprofit leaders on a mission to help provide voters with important information about where, when, and how to […]

September 29th, 2020

2020 debates — substantive or circus-like? USC experts predict a spectacle, with moments of truth

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, is scheduled to take place Sept. 29, with two more set for Oct. 15 and 22. The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is slated for Oct. 7. Here’s […]

September 25th, 2020

Fight over Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court replacement begins

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has renewed the fight over who will determine the ideological future of the nation’s highest court just ahead of Election 2020. Democrats have accused Republican senators of hypocrisy, noting that in 2016 several GOP senators cited that year’s presidential election as a reason for declining to […]

September 23rd, 2020

Spirituality in a pandemic: a test of faith for believers and organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a crisis and an opportunity for communities of faith. While in-person worship remains risky, some congregations are reimagining their communities online. Religious and community organizations are also addressing the many social issues exacerbated by the pandemic, from hunger to racial justice. USC experts address the intersections of religion and the […]

September 17th, 2020

Smoke-choked skies put many on edge

Smoke from the worst wildfires in California’s history is providing an alarming preview of how climate change will impact our everyday lives. While the fires have forced evacuations, the dirty air is trapping many indoors, impacting mood and exposing us to toxic particles. What’s more, rainfall hitting charred areas could trigger landslides. And of course, […]

September 17th, 2020

USC professors examine the forces that influence voters

  As citizens prepare to vote in the Nov. 3 election, complex forces are at work in shaping how people cast ballots. Some of the influences are obvious, like political advertising and presidential debates, but others are hidden in cybersecurity threats, digital fakes and the peculiar nature of the human mind. USC experts examine how […]

September 11th, 2020

Staying afloat in a pandemic

American businesses and workers trying to weather the COVID-19 storm are facing financial and legal danger as the pandemic drags on, straining relationships between companies and employees. Supply chain ruptures have created bare shelves for retailers while layoffs are putting an unknown number of workers at risk for bankruptcy. Working from home, once an aspiration […]