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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

Early Alzheimer’s Gene Spells Tragedy For Patients, Opportunity For Science

January 10th, 2017|

Rosemary Navarro was living in Mexico when her brother called from California. Something wasn’t right with their mom, then in her early 40s. She was having trouble paying bills and keeping jobs as a food preparer in convalescent homes.

Navarro, then 22, sold her furniture to pay for a trip back to the U.S. for herself

Keck School of Medicine receives $2.5 Million grant for translational osteoarthritis research

December 21st, 2016|

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is one of four institutions to receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research projects. The $2.5 million grant will support potential osteoarthritis therapies that could significantly impact standards of care for the disease. Arthritis affects

Neurologist Paul Aisen works to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts

December 21st, 2016|

The researcher explains five things to know about the only disease among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed
Scientists at the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) of the Keck School of Medicine of USC have enrolled more than 1,000 people in their international clinical trials and are still seeking more participants.

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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

Massry Prize winners speak on optogenetics, breakthrough technology in brain research

December 5th, 2016|

The Meira and Shaul G. Massry Prize is sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Dean’s Office. On Thursday, October 20, The USC Institute for Genetic Medicine hosted winners of the 2016 Meira and Shaul G. Massry Prize, scientists — Gero Miesenboeck,  Peter Hegemann and Karl Deisseroth who paved the way for a breakthrough technology

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

Request for Proposals: Broad Clinical Research Fellows

November 16th, 2016|

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows at USC. There are up to five available positions to support clinical research fellow training. The fellows must have completed their MD or MD/PhD training, currently be in their residency or fellowship program and hold a