Stories by Emily Gersema:
Caring for special-needs children at home brings high cost
USC-led study finds that home care is beneficial for the children, but it comes at great cost to family members or guardians.
Which brain networks respond when someone sticks to a belief?
When political beliefs are challenged, a person’s brain becomes active in areas that govern personal identity and emotional responses to threats, USC researchers find.
More parents taking on child’s college debt — and putting themselves at financial risk
Paying loans can drain the parents’ nest egg, according to USC and University of South Carolina researchers.
Cholesterol-fighting drugs lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease
The incidence of Alzheimer’s was reduced for beneficiaries frequently prescribed statins (high users), compared to low users, researchers find.
Squeezing life from DNA’s double helix
USC scientists find DNA replication begins when the double helix melts.
USC center leads multi-university effort to solve transportation issues
The university receives a federal grant to head a regional research effort that addresses challenges with transportation technology.
Takeaways from the transformation of South Los Angeles
USC Dornsife report examines the area’s evolving identity and the coalitions that are leading social, economic and political improvements in the area.
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.
An aspirin a day extends life, prevents heart attacks for certain older Americans, USC study finds
The daily regimen by older patients shows multiple health benefits and a reduction in health care spending, according to researchers.
How the election affected society and communication across America
Panelists at ‘Hindsight 2016’ look at the influence of social media, the national expression of anger and what it all may mean going forward.
California millennial voters strongly support key ballot measures
In the latest USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll, younger voters favor legalization of recreational marijuana and banning possession of high-capacity ammo.
Why the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times presidential poll is unlike other polls
The poll’s results, updated nightly, have often differed from its counterparts’ numbers since it debuted in July.
The wide divide between Trump, Clinton voters on immigration
A single statement about the reason immigrants come to the United States is shared by voters who otherwise hold opposing views, the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Presidential Daybreak Poll shows.
Who are USC’s freshmen? The highest achieving and among the most diverse ever enrolled
The most-represented high school is Foshay Learning Center, a public school less than a mile from the USC University Park Campus.
Clinton leads Trump among California voters; Senate race draws little interest
USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll also shows support for ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Parent awareness of California school finance accountability law abysmal
More than half of the people surveyed by the PACE/USC Rossier poll — and nearly half of those with school-age kids — say they are unaware of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula.
Specialty drug prices offset measures to lower Medicare beneficiary costs
People who struggle to pay for their drugs may not take their medicine as prescribed, USC researcher says.
Starstruck states squander millions of tax dollars on film productions, USC study finds
Tax incentives handed to filmmakers offer minimal return in terms of job or wage growth yet some states opt to outbid each other for films.
Knowing the end is near makes for positive thinking
As time gets more limited, people tend to focus more on their emotional goals, says lead author of a USC-led study.
Noted scientist Vassilios Papadopoulos to lead USC School of Pharmacy
The innovative leader has published over 300 papers, holds numerous patents and serves on many national and international advisory committees.
USC, Los Angeles Times launch daily election poll
The new Daybreak Poll aims to offer a best estimate of how Americans will probably vote in the 2016 presidential election, USC researchers say.
Fasting-like diet turns the immune system against cancer
A low-calorie fasting-like diet, plus chemotherapy, enables the immune system to recognize and kill skin and breast cancer cells, according to a new USC-led study.
Influenza outbreak would cost America billions of dollars
USC-led study finds that U.S. would lose as much as $45 billion in gross domestic product.
Mapping cancer: A new way to help patients deal with the disease
USC joins White House summit on efforts that could accelerate research and improve patient outcomes.