Preventive Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

 Preventive Medicine

Global medicine students share lessons learned overseas

September 28th, 2016|

After service in India, Nepal, Denmark and Panama, students discuss their experiences at a USC gathering
“So … Cabo next break?” joked a global medicine student in the elevator as his classmates laughed and rolled their eyes. During spring break earlier this year, they donned scrubs, not bathing suits, while taking a course in a remote

USC researchers to study environment’s influence on health

September 21st, 2016|

Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers have received a two-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health grant to examine health issues related to asthma and obesity.

Part of the funding will go toward the USC Children’s Health Study, the nation’s longest study on air pollution and kids’ health. The new research program, “Life Course Approach

An air pollution expert’s take on exercise, smog and health

September 19th, 2016|

Ed Avol, professor of clinical preventive medicine, wants to help Angelenos breathe easy.
ED AVOL DIDN’T start out trying to change Los Angeles. After he earned his master’s degree from Caltech in 1974, the engineer used his chemistry and physics background to measure air pollution. Fairly quickly, though, he became interested in the health aspects of the

New study has dire warning: Even a few extra pounds can kill you

September 6th, 2016|

Being overweight increases the chances of premature death, according to a USC researcher.

Although people accept that obesity can shorten a person’s life span, scientists have debated whether the weight category between normal and obese is, in fact, a health risk.

Being overweight definitely does not help people live longer, said Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for

Center for Genetic Epidemiology established at the Keck School

August 30th, 2016|

Building on its reputation as a major player in genome science, the Keck School of Medicine of USC has established the Center for Genetic Epidemiology under the leadership of Christopher A. Haiman, ScD, professor of preventive medicine.

Genetic epidemiology identifies the genetic factors that contribute to disease. The identification of such factors may be used to

6 things men should know about testicular cancer

August 22nd, 2016|

For the first time in Los Angeles County history, more Latino than white men are being diagnosed with testicular cancer, a malady once regarded as a white man’s disease.

There were 931 Latino men diagnosed with testicular cancer between 2006 and 2012 compared to 744 white men, according to a regional cancer report card administered by

11 answers to tough questions about liver cancer

August 18th, 2016|

In the past four decades, liver cancer rates have more than doubled among non-Asians living in Los Angeles County, according to a recently released report card administered by USC.

The increase is also reflected among the county’s Asian-Americans.

For some perspective, in the seven years between 2005 and 2012, liver cancer rates increased by 33 percent among

Cancer in context: 37 years of collected data

August 15th, 2016|

Prostate and lung cancer are the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, has been on a steady decline among Koreans and Japanese. Black men had the highest overall rates of cancer. Thyroid cancer — which is relatively treatable — has been on the rise, and women are about

USC training launches a new era of air pollution health research in Eastern Africa

August 1st, 2016|

Lead investigators from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are collaborating with USC and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University to establish the Eastern Africa Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Hub — one of only seven in the world. Housed in Ethiopia, it is a research and training collaboration funded by a paired, five-year $3 million NIH-Fogarty

Study: Neighborhood parks can ease youth aggression

August 1st, 2016|

Studies have shown that the families we grow up in, the places we work, and the friends we keep play a large role in influencing behavior. However, not much is known about how one’s outdoor environment — such as the greenery in one’s neighborhood — affects behavior.

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC