Stories by Beth Newcomb:
$10 million grant supports research on disease prevention, fasting and aging
USC Professor Valter Longo, an expert on dietary restriction and regeneration, leads team of USC and Harvard researchers looking to slow aging and prevent disease.
Older Americans are experiencing ‘delayed aging’ — and better health
USC and Yale study reveals some good news, especially for men.
How your brain records the memory of a stressful experience
A study of a tiny region of the brainstem reveals the processes that determine which memories are preserved during highly emotional circumstances.
Service to minorities shapes the health and aging research of a first-generation Trojan
PhD candidate Catherine Pérez researches health disparities while studying at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
Hormone replacement therapy may protect memory, USC-led study finds
The findings suggest that estrogen treatment after menopause protects the memory needed for short-term cognitive tasks.
Older island-dwelling Puerto Ricans in better health than older adults in the U.S.
Findings from a USC gerontology study show that Puerto Ricans were less likely to report limitations in their activities.
Understanding what shortens the American lifespan
Demographer and sociologist Jessica Ho’s research finds that more Americans die before age 50 than in other countries.
The molecule that might fight off frailty and foster fitness as we age
USC Davis doctoral student’s research looks at muscle mass and improved physical performance.
The possible long-term complications of traumatic brain injury
USC researcher uses sophisticated techniques to understand the effects of such injuries among older adults.
Studying the social factors that influence health outcomes
Reginald Tucker-Seeley looks beyond simple income measures to find out how a person’s finance-related feelings and behaviors affect disparities in physical and mental health.
How to stay sane: Give emotional support to friends and family, but let them help you, too
An imbalance in social support — whether someone provides more than they receive or vice versa — is associated with worse psychological health, according to a USC study.
Fasting during chemotherapy may offset some side effects of cancer-fighting drugs
A short-term diet change may counteract increases in blood sugar and possibly protect healthy cells.
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.