Stories by Beth Newcomb:
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.
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.