Stories by Emily Gersema:
Two huge storms in two weeks — but are they entirely ‘natural disasters’?
People didn’t cause Harvey or Irma directly, but where and how we live affects the level of devastation left behind.
Postpartum depression can be common for mothers — but what about fathers?
Researchers find that a drop in testosterone levels can signal the condition in dads, and a spike may be a sign of aggression.
Which genetic marker is the ring leader in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease?
Researchers look at two genes involved in our ability to remember things as we age.
USC joins alliance to shape SoCal into the next global tech hub
Technology entrepreneur Steve Poizner will lead the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, a new group of universities, companies and venture capitalists.
Wax on: How wheat plants shield themselves during drought
As water supplies decline in major agricultural states, scientists explore how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant.
Are U.S. and North Korea in a stalemate or on the cusp of confrontation?
USC experts react to the week’s escalating war of words from President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Why didn’t Macron leaks carry more clout in the French presidential election?
USC researcher finds disinformation campaign was spread and consumed on social media mostly by English-speaking audiences.
U.S. ranks highly in new index showing how societies are adapting to aging
Tool that gauges the health and well-being of aging populations is created by USC and Columbia University researchers.
Shuttered businesses linked to a rise in property crimes
USC-led study finds that when foot traffic is down, crime goes up — even when the closed businesses were marijuana dispensaries thought to be crime magnets.
Scientists have more data to back their findings: The Earth is getting warmer
An international group upgrades global database that tracks global shifts in temperatures.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage physician rates nearly equal
USC researchers compare physician reimbursement by Medicare Advantage plans to traditional Medicare rates. Until now, experts knew little about the differences.
Why dementia-causing plaques become trapped in the brain
USC researchers plan to explore whether constricted vessels could be targeted by existing drugs that were approved for treating other health conditions.
Patient visits inspire USC scientist’s lab work toward curing rare disease
The development of a crystal structure gives molecular biologist a clear view of how myasthenia graves behaves.
Looking at the blurred lines between political news, reality TV and fake news
USC experts explain how political events become a highly watched spectacle influenced by pop culture and entertainment.
International team uncovers new approach to combat deadly fungal infection
Researchers from USC and France identify a gene-regulating protein that is critical for the survival of a pathogenic fungus.
Poor diet, plus Alzheimer’s gene, may fuel the disease
Could a healthy diet spare people who have an Alzheimer’s gene from developing the disease? USC researchers suggest the issue deserves more study.
Latest count shows number of L.A.-area homeless up 23 percent in one year
USC researchers provide key analysis of the data gathered annually by the county and city, as part of the university’s Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness.
Equal treatment of air travelers comes at a price most seem unwilling to pay
Most people surveyed did not want to trade off convenience or wait any longer than five minutes more than usual to ensure that all passengers are treated the same.
USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll: Trump supporters remain optimistic
A few weeks before the president’s 100th day in the White House, the poll asked Americans to rate his presidency and their trust of the media.
Social upheaval in America: Why so many working-class whites are dying in midlife
USC Presidential Professor Angus Deaton and his colleague look at the rising trend of deaths from drug overdose, alcohol-related disease and suicide.
White families with children are drawn to less diverse neighborhoods, schools
A lack of diversity could affect the development of racial attitudes, future education and employment, USC study finds.
Pharmacists with greater role curtail repeat hospital visits, study finds
USC-led study is part of a growing body of research indicating that an expansion of pharmacists’ roles is a potential solution.
Mood and food: Some things to think about when raiding the fridge
Researchers find a way to track how you feel when it’s time for a meal.
What is next for the Affordable Care Act?
As Congress and the president consider repealing ‘Obamacare,’ USC experts weigh in.