Stories by Hope Hamashige:
USC awarded more than $16 million for research on vascular dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease
Grant from the National Institute on Aging will fund research on the role that blood vessel dysfunction plays in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Synthetic ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS linked to liver damage
The chemicals, which are present in a wide range of consumer and industrial products, break down very slowly and accumulate in the environment and in human tissue, including the liver.
USC endocrinologist takes Alzheimer’s disease research in new directions
By studying the APOE4 gene and its impact on brain inflammation and metabolism of fatty acids, Hussein Yassine discovers potential new ways to prevent cognitive decline.
Veteran TV journalist Ann Curry to deliver Keck School of Medicine of USC medical students’ commencement address
COMMENCEMENT 2022: The Emmy Award-winning journalist is a former NBC News network anchor and international correspondent.
Reducing air pollution could lower dementia risk
Improving air quality appears to slow cognitive decline and reduce the risk of developing dementia in older women living in the U.S., a new USC study finds.
One patient’s long journey to a successful heart transplant
During his eight-month stay at Keck Hospital of USC, Timothy Thomas waited for a donor heart and even got married. Today, he’s grateful for the medical staff who gave him a new lease on life.
Doctors from across USC pull together for ICU readiness during COVID-19
To ensure that ICUs stay fully staffed in the event of a pandemic surge, doctors from all over Keck Medicine of USC have been training for intensive care duties.
The key to avoiding measles: knowing your vaccination history
Experts at the Keck School of Medicine of USC say that worried adults should seek out their immunization histories, then decide whether to get vaccinated.
Shorter strides, faster walking, regular falls: the difficulties of dealing with Parkinson’s
With physical therapy — and weekly boxing classes — one man found the footing to hold off his mental and physical decline because of the neurological disease.
Chronic pelvic pain affects millions, but not much is known about it
USC researcher gets National Institutes of Health grant to advance his study of the disorder.
In memoriam: John Davis, 82
The former USC faculty member founded Med-COR, the national program that helps minorities enter the biomedical sciences.
Partnership keeps USC athletes in play
USC trainers and physical therapists strive to ensure that the university’s players perform at their peak.
Death of a young man with bone cancer will not be in vain
USC clinical trial of a new drug for the treatment of sarcoma receives funding.
Brain study shows that depression reduces size of the hippocampus
Differences in the brain become more severe the longer an individual suffers from depression, say researchers from USC and Amsterdam.
There is life after prostate cancer — in the gym
USC doctoral student tests a 15-week workout regimen for men struggling with the dispiriting side effects of treatment.
Bilingual campaign urges screenings for cervical cancer
The health message aims to raise awareness among Hispanic women.
Patients needing bone marrow transplants don’t have to play the match game
A new option at Keck Medical Center deepens the donor pool, says hematology chief.
For young people with diabetes, care can take a backseat to life
USC professor aims to help patients by customizing strategies for sticking with their treatment.
Autism math: Genetics and pollution exposure over time may boost risk
Heather Volk is on the hunt for how and when air pollutants influence development of autism in early childhood.
Neighbors dance, jog and walk their way to health at former General Hospital
Keck Medicine of USC boosts a kickoff for The Wellness Center on the Eastside.
USC Norris cancer patient spurred to fight on by Spirit of Troy
The USC Trojan Marching Band brightens the day of a big-time booster.
Keck School of Medicine of USC alumna celebrates 100th birthday
Masako Miura was one of only two women to graduate from the medical school alongside 45 men in 1941.
In memoriam: Norman Levan, 98
Professor emeritus helped create the Keck School’s first classes in bioethics and practiced medicine for seven decades.
In memoriam: Helen Hislop, 84
Helen Hislop, a former chair of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, died on Nov. 15 in North Carolina.