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Keck Medicine in the News: Dec. 4 - Dec. 10, 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 Dec. 9 article in the Irish Examiner (Ireland) featured an interview with Harvey Karp, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, about raising toddlers and his book, The Happiest Baby on the Block.

A Dec. 8 report in the Geneseo Republic quoted Natalie Strand, assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine, about diabetes and oral care.

A Dec. 8 article in BioMedicine quoted Giske Ursin, professor emeritus of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, about breastfeeding's effects on breast cancer for older mothers.

A Dec. 7 broadcast on ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV featured interviews with Lawrence Dorr, professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine; Daniel Oakes, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School; and Danny Gonzalez, a patient who received a free hip replacement through a volunteer organization founded by Dorr. The Los Angeles Times reported that seven needy patients received free joint replacements at Keck Hospital of USC through Operation Walk.

A Dec. 7 article on NewsMedical.net noted that cancer cell research led by Peter Jones, the Sawyer Chair in Cancer Research and a distinguished professor of urology and biochemistry and molecular biology, was selected as a top clinical advance in cancer research by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2012.

A Dec. 5 story on KPCC-FM's "On Central" quoted Sean Nordt, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine of the Keck School of Medicine, about the health dangers of synthetic marijuana.

A Dec. 4 article in the Beverly Hills Courier quoted James Stein, assistant professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine and chief medical quality officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, about the pediatric hospital's designation as a "Top Hospital" by The Leapfrong Group. “I’m honored to work in a medical facility that is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country,” Stein said.

On Dec. 2, the Santa Monica Mirror ran an article by Tracy Zaslow, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine, about the signs of concussions to look for in youth sports.

A Nov. 30 article in the MIT Technology Review mentioned Leslie Saxon, professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the USC Center for Body Computing, about how a new consumer-oriented gadget can help patients take a more active role in their health care.

A Nov. 30 obituary in the Los Angeles Times noted that TV and film writer Don Rhymer died of cancer at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The La Cañada Valley Sun also ran an obituary.

A Nov. 29 article in the Los Feliz Ledger noted that Henri Ford, vice dean for medical education at the Keck School of Medicine, has returned to his native Haiti for a week to perform pediatric surgeries on more than a dozen patients.

A Nov. 29 report in Health Canal featured an ongoing study led by Lon Schneider, professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and neurology at the Keck School of Medicine, and Roberta Brinton, the R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development and professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences in the USC School of Pharmacy, about the effect of soy supplements on menopause symptoms. The schools are conducting a clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to determine whether the supplements might prevent memory loss or reduce hot flashes.

A Nov. 28 article in the Greek Reporter noted that Demetrios Demetriades, professor and vice-chair of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, was chosen to receive an honorary doctorate of medicine from The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

A Nov. 27 article in The Wall Street Journal quoted Leslie Saxon, professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, about a car that may keep tabs on its driver's vital health signs. "My car calls me when it needs something," Saxon said, referring to vehicle-service alerts generated by the car. "I want patients' cars to call them when they need blood-pressure medicine."

A Nov. 26 report in ScienceDaily covered research by Heather Volk, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, finding a link between autism and air pollution.

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