Stories by Beth Newcomb:
Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes
Periodic cycles of fasting reprogram pancreatic cells and restore insulin production, USC researchers find.
In memoriam: Alfonso Gonzales, 96
The oldest graduate in USC history and World War II veteran officially completed his zoology degree in May.
One of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with loved ones
Family members are advised to approach talks about advance care planning with love and thoughtfulness.
Air pollution and neighborhood stress appear to harm aging brain
A combination of stressors and inflammation-provoking particulates could mean more cognitive impairment for vulnerable older adults, USC researcher says
Male vs. female stress responses may explain sex differences in diseases
The finding by USC researchers may explain how Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s affect men and women.
Cellular powerhouse may also propel aging
Mitochondria’s role in the aging process may be bigger than researchers previously believed.
Nutritional guidance often missing from substance abuse treatment
Patients in drug and alcohol recovery face the risks of malnutrition, dramatic weight changes and eating disorders.
How can health care professionals protect seniors from elder abuse?
Looking at a potential case through a ‘forensic lens’ can help accurately identify mistreatment.
Why does Alzheimer’s disease affect more women than men?
Supported by a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Association, USC researcher explores a key Alzheimer’s gene and how it disproportionately impacts women.
A new app lets caregivers help others — and themselves
Here’s how you can assist loved ones and manage your own life through the USC Family Caregiver Support Center.
USC teams with local leaders to make Los Angeles more age-friendly
A new initiative takes steps to understand the impact an aging population has on individuals, families and communities.
University Professor Eileen Crimmins elected to National Academy of Sciences
It’s a richly deserved honor for the renowned demography researcher, USC Davis dean says.
One unit short, WWII vet returns to become USC’s oldest graduate at 96
Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college.
Americans living longer with disability or health issues, study shows
Findings led by USC University Professor challenge assumptions that increased longevity is a sign of good health.
Newly discovered proteins may protect against age-related illnesses
The proteins could play a key role in the aging process and the onset of diseases linked to older age.
Helping older adults brings joy to USC gerontology student
A senior’s beloved grandmother was a big reason why she decided to study aging.
Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease
The locus coeruleus is a small part of the brainstem that releases the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating heart rate and cognition.
Student-designers make spaces, products more accessible
USC Davis competition puts principles of Universal Design to work on everyday items and locations.
In memoriam: James E. Birren, 97
The founding dean of the USC Davis School of Gerontology cemented the school’s role as an educational pioneer in the field.
USC to team on gerontology course with Israel, home of the ‘silver tsunami’
Students can explore the topic in a country where young people are being outnumbered by the elderly.
Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments
USC study proposes a new explanation behind shocking or exciting incidents that can either improve or impair the memories surrounding them.
Procreation trumps survival — even on a cellular level
Phenomenon observed in worms suggests that, if needed, mothers are biologically hardwired to sacrifice their health to produce future generations.
Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding, study finds
The report offers new evidence that the brain-wasting disease is unique to humans.
Stereotypes in health care can make patients feel worse, study finds
The USC-led study indicates that health care professionals and hospitals should be sensitive to stereotypes that could otherwise lead some patients to avoid care.