Preventive Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

 Preventive Medicine

Instagram documents rising hookah use, according to USC study

January 18th, 2017|

Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study out of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also known as shisha, has harmful health effects similar to cigarettes. But as cigarette use declined between 2005 and

Keck faculty among the world’s most influential researchers

December 16th, 2016|

Sir Isaac Newton once referred to the process of discovery as “standing on the shoulders of giants,” meaning that revolutionary science and innovation is built on the work of previous researchers. Some researchers are more impactful than others. One measure of this is the number of times a particular researcher’s work is cited, thus serving

USC contributes to surgeon general’s first report on e-cigarettes and youth

December 16th, 2016|

Public health expert Jonathan Samet provides insight to a chapter on e-cigarette policy
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has released a new report calling e-cigarettes “a major public health concern.”

“E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General,” the first comprehensive review on this public health challenge from the nation’s highest public

Meet the Alumnus: Michael Pham

December 13th, 2016|

After graduating from USC, Michael Pham, MPH, traded the urban Los Angeles jungle for lush Southeast Asia, where he spent two weeks training Cambodian officials in emergency response practices.

A paramedic, the 2015 graduate of the online master of public health program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC hoped to help standardize pre-hospital emergency

Keck School professors among 5 USC faculty named AAAS fellows

November 29th, 2016|

Five USC scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their academic peers.

AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, began the AAAS Fellows tradition in 1874. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1848.

This year 391 AAAS

Women who have their last baby after 35 are mentally sharper in old age, study finds

November 18th, 2016|

Participants in the study were tested on verbal memory, attention and concentration, and visual perception

A new study has found that women have better brainpower after menopause if they had their last baby after age 35, used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years or began their menstrual cycle before turning 13.

This is the first study to

USC Institute of Urology to examine methods for increased precision, decreased risks of prostate cancer diagnostics

November 18th, 2016|

Grants from the National Institutes of Health will support the study of MR-ultrasound image fusion and DNA methylation markers in prostate biopsy tissue

The USC Institute of Urology, recently ranked in the top 15 Best Hospitals nationwide for urology by U.S. News and World Report, has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health to advance the

Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

November 14th, 2016|

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine.
In some not-too-distant future, your health risks and medical problems may be investigated and pieced together like crime scenes. Your health care provider will collect key evidence: urine, blood and DNA samples. You’ll be questioned about where you live, work and travel, and what you eat,

Meet Meghan McCullough, Tsao Global Surgery Fellow

November 8th, 2016|

In her sophomore year as a pre-medical student at Harvard University, Meghan McCullough faced a life-changing career decision: to train for a chance of pursuing her dream of making it to the Olympics or fulfill her long-held ambition of becoming a doctor.

It was heartbreaking, she said, to retire from ice dancing — a passion that

Panama summit stokes vision of health equity in the Americas

October 26th, 2016|

From the northern tip of Alaska to the southern coast of Chile, the Americas host some of the most diverse — and disparate — populations in the world. However, despite progress in medicine and economic development, health inequalities prevail, leading to avoidable premature illness and death among millions of disadvantaged people.

With a goal of reducing