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USCs Keck Gets More Effective Faster Radiotherapy System….

USC’s Keck School of Medicine recently adopted a new radiation treatment system that offers cancer patients more effective, targeted and faster treatment compared to conventional methods, and in some cases may be as effective as surgery, said the chairman of USC’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Eric Chang said the new Varian TrueBeam STx linear accelerator, used to perform external beam radiation to treat cancer patients, offers multiple benefits.

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Protons bring precision to cancer fight

Eric L. Chang, MD, chair, Department of Radiology, is quoted in a U-T San Diego article about the use of proton treatments for cancer.

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Neurovascular unit of the mouse spinal cord

Experimental stroke therapeutic developed at Keck Medicine of USC also shows promise for people with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)

New research from the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at USC finds vascular damage in mice with ALS contributes to early development of the neurodegenerative disease, while repairing damage delays disease progression

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International expert in the epidemiology of eye diseases named ophthalmology chair at Keck School of Medicine and director of USC Eye Institute

The Keck School of Medicine announced today it has named Rohit Varma, MD, MPH to become chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the USC Eye Institute as well as to serve as professor of ophthalmology and preventive medicine and hold the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology.

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S. J. Gao, Ph.D., professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Viral microRNAs responsible for causing AIDS-related cancer, new study shows

For the first time, scientists and engineers have identified a critical cancer-causing component in the virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, the most common cancer among HIV-infected people. The discovery lays the foundation for developing drugs that prevent Kaposi’s sarcoma and other related cancers.

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