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No place to study, hunger and inadequate computers hurt Eastside and South L.A. kids

About three-quarters of families surveyed by researchers from USC and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools had experienced a pandemic-related loss of income and food insecurity. Yet 1 in 3 families made investments to support online learning, including paying for internet access. “This isn’t a trivial amount of money for our families,” USC Rossier’s Stephen Aguilar says.


Health
Alzheimer's drug USC
In this image taken from tissue of an Alzheimer’s patient, the large pink-and-blue plaque on the lower right contains the abnormal protein amyloid. Also seen are several neurofibrillary tangles (smaller blue areas). Both of these abnormalities disrupt the normal working of the brain. (Image/Simon Fraser, Science Source)

Restricted blood flow in the brain could be tied to Alzheimer’s

A USC research team has found strong evidence that keeping blood vessels healthy can help prevent cognitive decline.

Health
epigenetics and child abuse
USC researchers are studying the mental health symptoms of young adults who were abused or neglected as children as it relates to their genetic expression dealing with current stressors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Illustration/iStock)

A new approach to determining whether child abuse magnifies COVID mental health risk

The result could increase understanding of who is at greater risk in the context of the pandemic and who may benefit most from enhanced and targeted interventions.