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Keck Medicine in the News: Dec. 10 - Dec. 18, 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

On Dec. 18, LA Family featured a column by Tracy Zaslow, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine, on ways to stay safe while enjoying winter sports with the family.

On Dec. 15, the Orange County Register ran an op-ed by Joel Hay, professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical economics and policy at the USC School of Pharmacy, about the United States health system. “Even though a third of American health care is useless or actually harmful, Medicare and other health care payers just can’t seem to say no to anything,” Hay wrote.

A Dec. 15 post on Woodland Hills Patch features advice from Children's Hospital Los Angeles psychologist Stephanie Marcy, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, on discussing the Connecticut school shooting with children.

A Dec. 14 story by KPCC-FM featured Harvey Karp, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, about shielding children from violent TV news coverage.

A Dec. 14 entry on the Huffington Post notes research by Thomas Buchanan, chief of the division of endocrinology and diabetes at the Keck School of Medicine, on what cellular processes may prevent or reverse diabetes.

A Dec. 13 report in the Los Angeles Times quoted David Agus, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s treatment for prostate cancer. Agus was quoted by a second Los Angeles Times story and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV.

A Dec. 13 broadcast on Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT reported that Tournament of Roses Queen Vanessa Manjarrez visited with patients and staff at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A Dec. 13 column in the Fort Mill Times quoted Natalie Strand, assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine, about how to manage diabetes and oral health during the holidays. Strand also was quoted in Dentistry IQ and Terra Argentina (Argentina).

A Dec. 13 article in Hollywood Today noted that the University Kidney Research Organization hosted its annual fundraising gala in an effort to raise money for the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine. USC Athletics Director Patrick Hayden was among the gala's honorees.

A Dec. 13 article in Los Angeles Downtown News notes that the Keck School of Medicine is a new tenant of a developer The Ratkovich Co., which is poised to acquire and renovate the Macy's Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

A Dec. 12 article in The Atlantic quoted Anne Peters, professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the USC Westside Center for Diabetes, about digital networking tool for people with prediabetes. "They have good early data; we'll need to see what the one-year data show," Peters said. "I see the program ideally lasting for a lifetime, with out-years monitoring."

A Dec. 12 obituary in the Los Angeles Times mentioned that late ear specialist William F. House, a champion of the cochlear implant, received his medical degree from USC. The New York Times and Healthy Hearing also featured his obituary.

A Dec. 12 article in Infection Control Today magazine featured research led by James Ou, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, finding a trigger by which the hepatitis C virus enters liver cells. The research also was highlighted by Medical Xpress, Science Codex, Science Newsline, Health Canal, News-Medical.net, and Medical News Today.

On Dec. 11, The New York Timesran an op-ed by David Agus, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, about the benefits of consuming aspirin — and how it might make sense to encourage adults to take it. Used since historic times for help with aches and pains, aspirin has also been found to have strong benefits in cancer prevention. “If we’re going to address the country’s sky-high medical bill, we’re going to have to address the need for Americans to be active in protecting their own health,” Agus wrote.

A Dec. 11 broadcast on CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured an interview with Stephen Sener, chief of surgical oncology at the Keck Medical Center of USC and professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, about performing preventive double mastectomies and the impact the surgeries have on his patients’ lives.

A Dec. 11 article in WholeFoods Magazine featured research led by Michael Goran, who holds the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in childhood obesity and diabetes and is professor of preventive medicine, physiology & biophysics and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, finding that Type 2 diabetes occurred 20 percent more often in countries where high-fructose corn syrup is in common use. The research also was mentioned in the Two Rivers Tribune.

A Dec. 11 story onTechCrunch quoted Anne Peters, professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the USC Westside Center for Diabetes, about online health education programs designed to prevent illnesses like diabetes.

On Dec. 10, the Orange County Register ran an op-ed by Joel Hay, professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical economics and policy at the USC School of Pharmacy, about reining in health care costs. He wrote that eliminating tax deductions for employer health care could help. “If Americans are forced to buy health insurance with take-home dollars rather than with pre-tax dollars, they will be much more interested in spending those dollars wisely,” Hay wrote. “They will be more open to managed-care options or high-deductible insurance plans with health savings account options that genuinely reduce health care costs.”

A Dec. 9 Daily Breeze article featured a charity dinner that raised $85,000 for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. At the benefit, hosted by the San Pedro Peninsula Cancer Guild, cancer center Director Stephen Gruber was an honored guest and Heinz-Josef Lenz, professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, discussed cancer research.

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