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Can You Zap Your Brain Back to Health?

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Rather than taking medication, a growing number of people who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy and drug cravings are zapping their skulls in the hopes that a weak electric current will jolt them back to health. Here's the issue: Until now, scientists have been unable to look under the hood of this DIY therapeutic technique to understand what is happening.

Channels: All Journal News, Mental Health, Neuro, Local - California, Local - LA Metro, Scientific Reports,

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4-Oct-2016 5:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: University of Southern California to Show How Wearable Technology Can Improve Cancer Treatment

University of Southern California to Show How Wearable Technology Can Improve Cancer Treatment

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Researchers at the University of Southern California will demonstrate how using wearable technology and smartphones can improve cancer treatment at a White House event on Oct. 3. The USC project will be one of the participants in the Cancer Moonshot exhibit championed by Vice President Joe Biden. Researchers aim to provide doctors with real-time patient data from wearable technology and patient-reported experiences so that physicians can base their treatment decisions on objective measures rather than just subjective and episodic observations.

Channels: Cancer, Technology, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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28-Sep-2016 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: MEDIA ADVISORY: New USC Marshall Building Opens for Business on WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7

MEDIA ADVISORY: New USC Marshall Building Opens for Business on WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7

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Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, the fifth and largest USC Marshall School of Business facility, will officially open on Sept. 7. The 104,000 square-foot, five-story building adds much-needed classroom and student services space to USC Marshall’s undergraduate program.

Channels: Education, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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2-Sep-2016 3:05 PM EDT
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A Few Extra Pounds Can’t Hurt You — or Can They?

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Being overweight increases the chances of premature death, said Jonathan Samet of USC. His statement is backed by a four-continent effort involving 239 studies and data from 10.6 million people. The study — one of the largest to date — runs counter to the results of a JAMA, which found that being overweight actually adds to one’s life span.

Channels: All Journal News, Healthcare, Obesity, Public Health, Weight Loss, Local - California, Local - LA Metro, The Lancet,

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26-Aug-2016 7:05 PM EDT
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    22-Aug-2016 11:00 AM EDT

Hope for Reversing Stroke-Induced Long-Term Disability

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Permanent brain damage from a stroke may be reversible thanks to a developing therapeutic technique. The novel approach combines transplanted human stem cells with a special protein that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already approved for clinical studies in new stroke patients.

Channels: Biotech, Cell Biology, Neuro, Stem Cells, Local - California, Local - LA Metro, All Journal News,

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18-Aug-2016 12:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: 6 Things Men Should Know About Testicular Cancer
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    19-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT

6 Things Men Should Know About Testicular Cancer

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For the first time in Los Angeles County history, more Latinos than whites are being diagnosed with testicular cancer, a malady once regarded as a white man’s disease. This Q&A focuses on testicular cancer: who is at risk, why they are at risk and what preventive measures can be taken.

Channels: Cancer, Men's Health, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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16-Aug-2016 4:15 PM EDT
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Newswise: 11 Answers to Tough Questions About Liver Cancer
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    18-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT

11 Answers to Tough Questions About Liver Cancer

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In the past four decades, liver cancer rates have more than doubled among non-Asians living in Los Angeles County, according to a recently released report card administered by USC. This Q&A focuses on liver cancer: who is at risk, why they are at risk and what preventive measures can be taken.

Channels: Cancer, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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16-Aug-2016 4:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: Expert Answers 7 Questions About Melanoma
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    17-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT

Expert Answers 7 Questions About Melanoma

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The melanoma rate among white women living in Los Angeles is declining for the first time in 37 years, according to a new cancer report card administered by USC. This Q&A focuses on melanoma: why it’s rising, who is at risk and what preventive measures can be taken.

Channels: Cancer, Dermatology, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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17-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: On the Prowl for an Elusive Rodent Called ‘the Ultimate Pokémon’

On the Prowl for an Elusive Rodent Called ‘the Ultimate Pokémon’

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Researchers are on a real-life search for what one calls “the ultimate Pokémon”: Zenkerella, an elusive scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists. However, biologists recently found three newly dead specimens that hint at how the “living fossil” has evolved over the past 49 million years.

Channels: Biotech, Evolution and Darwin, Local - California, Local - LA Metro, All Journal News,

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16-Aug-2016 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Cancer in Context: 37 Years of Painstakingly Collected Data

Cancer in Context: 37 Years of Painstakingly Collected Data

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Prostate and lung cancer have been the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Black men had the highest overall rates of cancer. Thyroid cancer — which is relatively treatable — has been on the rise, and women are about three times more likely to contract it than men. This data is in the newly released “Cancer in Los Angeles County: Trends by Race/Ethnicity 1976-2012.”

Channels: Cancer, Women's Health, Local - California, Local - LA Metro,

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16-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT
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