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Keck Medicine in the News: Nov. 19 - Nov. 26, 2012

Keck Medicine in the News

Keck Medicine in the News is a weekly digest of recent news stories highlighting medical news and faculty mentions of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Keck Medical Center of USC.  For more information, or to share a news story to be included, please call (323) 442-2830.

By USC Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing

A Nov. 26 article in U.S. News & World Report cited a study led by Heather Volk, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, finding that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy or the first year of a child's life has been lined to autism. The research was also covered by ABC News (Australia), Newsday, Reuters Health, WebMD, Business Week, The Hamilton Spectator (Canada), Daily Mail, CTV News (Canada), The Telegraph (U.K.), SBS World News (Australia), Med Page Today, Insider Medicine, My Health News Daily, Science Codex, MSN News (U.K.), The Atlantic, DailyRX, American News Report, Medical Xpress, and Bloomberg.

A Nov. 26 post on KPCC-FM features a photo of neurosurgeon Gabriel Zada, assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.

On Nov. 23, The New York Times ran an op-ed written by Dana Goldman of the USC School of Pharmacy and USC Price School. Goldman and colleagues wrote that the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act may be too small to be successful. “Greater competition in the insurance industry — either through health insurance exchanges or other measures — may not lower insurance premiums,” they wrote. “Weakening insurers’ bargaining power could instead translate into higher costs for all of us in the form of higher premiums.”

A Nov. 22 report on FedSmith.com noted that David Agus, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, is an oncologist at USC.

A Nov. 20 article in the Jewish Journal reported that entertainment lawyer, Ken Kleinberg, founder of the University Kidney Research Organization, partnered with the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Vito Campese, professor of medicine and chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, to establish the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center.

A Nov. 20 article in South China Morning Post (China) covered research by Keck School of Medicine of USC doctoral student Chelsea Catsburg finding that dietary protein and dietary iron — both of which are found in red meat — may combine to form carcinogens that can increase the risk of bladder cancer. The findings further support recommendations to limit red meat consumption and avoid processed meats.

A Nov. 20 article in New Parent magazine quoted Mona Patel, instructor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, about safer remedies for coughing babies and toddlers.

A Nov. 19 broadcast on ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV interviewed Tracy Zaslow, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, about warning signs of student-athlete concussions. ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV also interviewed Zaslow for a story about child athletes at risk of overuse injuries.

A Nov. 12 broadcast of “The Doctors” cited a study led by Victoria Cortessis, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, which found a link between marijuana use and testicular cancer.

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