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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Asian women living in Los Angeles County are experiencing more breast cancer now than they faced nearly four decades ago, according to a recently released cancer report card administered by USC. This Q&A focuses on breast cancer: who is at risk, why they are at risk and what preventive measures can be taken.
Levels of copper, cadmium, lead and other metals in Southern California's coastal waters have plummeted over the past four decades, which researchers attribute to sewage treatment regulations that were part of the Clean Water Act of 1972 and to the phase-out of leaded gasoline in the 1970s and 1980s.
A dirty bomb attack centered on downtown Los Angeles’ financial district could severely impact the region’s economy to the tune of nearly $16 billion, fueled primarily by psychological effects that could persist for a decade.
Southern California cities are now significantly more multiracial than they were 20 years ago, according to a new USC analysis released Thursday. The percentage of multiracial cities in the five-county area climbed from 51.2 percent to 61.5 percent from 1990 to 2010, according to the report by USC’s Population Dynamics Research Group.
Philanthropic giving by California’s foundations jumped from $2.8 billion to $6 billion over the past decade despite two economic recessions during that period, a new USC analysis released Tuesday shows.
On Monday, February 27, 2012, international experts in water-related issues will join the USC Center on Public Diplomacy for a critical examination of how to reach publics around the world through water diplomacy, which aims to improve foreign relations by helping water-stressed areas.
Two studies by USC Marshall School of Business professor find aligned action does not always lead to the common good
Moving in harmony can make people feel more connected to one another and, as a result, lead to positive collective action. Think of those feel-good vibes created in a yoga class as students move in unison through their downward-facing dogs. Yet given that synchronized physical activities are also a cornerstone of military training and are the highlights of military propaganda reels, could the interconnectedness created by coordinated action be mined to make people behave destructively instead? According to two studies conducted by Scott Wiltermuth, assistant professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, the cohesiveness synchronized action fosters can, indeed, be manipulated for less than ideal ends.
The University of Southern California is receiving a $50 million gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund to endow and name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and to cement its standing as one of the most progressive and prestigious American schools of public affairs.
The gift honors the life and legacy of the late Sol Price, USC alum, founder of Price Club, business entrepreneur and leader with a deep commitment to addressing social justice and poverty. In recognition of that commitment, the gift also will create the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the school.
The Laboratory for Developmental Genetics at USC has confirmed cytomegalovirus (CMV) as a cause of the most common salivary gland cancers and possibly other malignancies. CMV joins a group of fewer than 10 identified oncoviruses — cancer-causing viruses — including HPV.
USC hosted the most international students for the tenth year in a row, according to the annual Open Doors report released Nov. 14 by the Institute of International Education. USC hosted 8,615 international students in the 2010-11 academic year, according to the institute. Chinese students represented the largest segment of USC's international population, at 1,951. Students from India were the second largest group with 1,499. The number of Chinese students represented a record enrollment.
The manuscript seems straight out of fiction: a strange handwritten message in abstract symbols and Roman letters meticulously covering 105 yellowing pages, hidden in the depths of an academic archive.
Source Alert: USC experts available as sources for the media on topics such as job creation, corporate taxation, inflation, global competition, and mortgage relief, and to comment on President Obama's speech on the economy scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2011.
A new paper by USC researchers reveals why bad eating habits persist even when the food we’re eating doesn’t taste good. The study also reveals the surprisingly simple ways we can counter our habits to gain control over what we eat.
Journeys in Film, which since 2003 has provided foreign film-based curricula and training to U.S. teachers of 500,000 American middle and high school
students, is the newest project of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern Californiaʼs Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.