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Robin Heffler

Stories by Robin Heffler:

Civic and church leaders
Najumah Smith-Pollard, Word of Encouragement; the Rev. Zachary Hoover, L.A. Voice; the Rev. James Heft, USC Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies; Rabbi Noah Farkas, Valley Beth Shalom; and Brie Loskota, executive director, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, attended the event. (Photo/Gary McCarthy)

Civic and religious leaders address homelessness at USC event

Los Angeles has seen a 23 percent increase in homelessness this year, but a USC faculty member says there’s been progress in response to the issue. 

Certain contraceptives may pose risk of Type 2 diabetes for obese women

Obese women are sometimes warned by their doctors not to use contraceptives containing estrogen, such as the pill. (Photo/Anka Grzywacz)

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has indicated that healthy, obese, reproductive-age women who use long-acting reversible contraception containing the hormone progestin have a slightly increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers strive to grasp leukemia’s development

Keck School professor
Amy Lee, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, served as principal investigator of the study. (Photo/Van Urfalian)

Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists have discovered that a protein commonly over-expressed in solid cancerous cells – one previously found to enable breast, prostate and other tumors to grow and resist treatment – also is over-expressed in multiple types of leukemia and can be successfully targeted to block the disease.