USC Joins Forces with Verdugo Hills

by Lynn Benjauthrit On July 16, a historic union was born when a deal was closed between two leaders in healthcare: Verdugo Hills Hospital and the USC Keck School of Medicine.  By combining the broad resources of a prominent academic institution and the immediate access to quality care provided by…

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Chagas: A New Killer in America?

by Sayuli Bhide Labeled “the new AIDS of America” by the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Chagas disease is a potentially fatal parasitic infection that is estimated to affect about 7-8 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since its discovery, it has been most commonly endemic…

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SoCal Lazarex: A New Approach to Cancer Funding

by Audrey Chai The Lazarex Cancer Foundation focuses around a simple idea regarding cancer treatment: the size of someone’s checkbook should not determine the type of treatment they receive. Dana Dornsife started the Lazarex Cancer Foundation after a close family member fell victim to pancreatic cancer. The foundation provides resources…

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Scholarships for Serving the Underserved

by Morgan Cheeks With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, analysts estimate that nearly 30 million Americans will be newly insured by the end of this decade, drastically increasing the need for primary care health workers. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 90,000 physicians by…

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Wireless Health Technology

by Manu Gandham If you’ve ever seen someone wearing Google Glass, or a Nike Fuelband, or the Pebble Smartwatch, then you’ve witnessed the beginnings of wearable technology. As devices get smaller and lighter, people can start incorporating computers into clothes and fashion accessories. Being in contact with bodies 24/7 enables…

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Dornsife Expands Science Program with New Majors

by Emily He USC Dornsife recently created three new natural science majors: Computational Neuroscience, Environmental Science and Health and Human Biology. Johnathan Kuhn, the Assistant Director of USC Dornsife Office of Admission, said, “These majors will allow students to get an interdisciplinary education while working towards one degree, which both…

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