Leigh Hopper is a media relations specialist with USC University Communications. She previously worked in communications for UCLA, in state government at the Texas Medical Board and as a medical reporter at the Houston Chronicle.
Stories by Leigh Hopper:
Common pregnancy complications may delay development of infant in the womb
The results of a USC-led study raise intriguing questions about how common pregnancy complications may affect infants and health outcomes later in childhood.
With fanfare and festivity, USC Mann School marks a new era
The USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates its new name, its namesake and its expanding role in L.A. in health sciences, research and development.
Homelessness linked to higher risk of death from COVID in L.A. County, study shows
In Los Angeles County, 256 homeless people died of COVID-related causes in a 22-month period — a rate more than twice that seen in the general population.
A viral ‘triple-demic’ of COVID, 2 other viruses hits hard
“COVID has proven to be the costliest disaster in U.S. history,” says one USC expert on the economic impact of disasters. Now the fast-spreading virus is intersecting with a rise in flu and RSV.
Unlocking the potential of monoclonal antibodies
Lab-made antibodies are increasingly important in the fight against Alzheimer’s, COVID and other diseases
Sustainability will move into key campus space as USC increases focus on Assignment: Earth
The move provides a new space for collaboration and research. The pharmacy that has held the space moves into a much larger location near the Engemann Student Health Center, with room to add services.
High-tech map promotes access to medicine and pharmacy services
A USC-developed interactive mapping tool shows the location of every pharmacy in the United States — and which neighborhoods are “pharmacy deserts.”
USC health researchers rise to the challenge of improving diversity in clinical trials
Clinical trial diversity has two key ingredients: training and hiring a more diverse group of clinical professionals, and enrolling more racially and ethnically diverse participants.
Long COVID affects 23% of positive cases, causing symptoms in ‘long haulers’ that may last for months
Interdisciplinary USC study also reveals predictors of long COVID.
Liver transplant patients with prior drinking problems can do well after transplantation, USC study finds
Researchers at Keck Medicine of USC say the established waiting list inclusion/exclusion criteria warrant a closer look.
Stress accelerates aging of immune system, study finds
Everyday stressors, traumatic events, job strain and discrimination prematurely weaken the body’s mix of immune cells, potentially increasing a person’s risk of disease.
Supreme Court abortion ruling on Roe v. Wade: 5 things that could happen next
A USC expert on medicine access, drug utilization and pharmaceutical policy weighs in on what’s at stake across the country.
USC Children’s Health Study, now 30 years old, raises nationwide awareness of pollution’s harms
The research helped establish clean-air norms and inspired dozens of spinoff studies on air quality.
AI could save lives by identifying relapse risk in potential liver transplant patients
Predicting the variables that could lead to damaging alcohol use in post-surgical cases may spur lifesaving interventions, a USC study finds.
Scientists discover genetic variants that speed up and slow down brain aging
The findings could provide potential targets for new Alzheimer’s drugs.
USC experts discover brain differences in young children with binge eating disorder
The study suggests that binge eating disorder is wired in the brain from an early age, says lead author Stuart Murray, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Ending disparities in Black health is a year-round priority for USC experts
USC research underscores the fact that prejudice in America’s communities, politics and economic systems is a serious detriment to Black Americans’ health.
A brother’s struggle inspires new Alzheimer’s and dementia research collaboration
After watching his twin brother lose a 15-year fight with the memory-robbing illness, Dan Epstein decided to do something about it. The result: an unprecedented research collaboration between USC and UC San Diego.
With a $50 million gift, USC and UC San Diego join forces in Alzheimer’s research
A transformative donation from the Epstein Family Foundation will accelerate Alzheimer’s research at the two universities in a push to find better treatments and a cure.
Stroke drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s and dementia
Mouse study of human stroke medication reveals potential defense against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
USC researcher envisions Siri-like assistants and VR travel for older people and their caregivers
Professor Skip Rizzo’s 89-year-old mother test-drives his innovations.
USC and CHLA win $24.5 million NIH grant to establish center aimed at improving Latino health across Southern California
The Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Families and Children will focus on reversing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases in Latinos with culturally sensitive solutions.
Supporting the invisible, unpaid army of Alzheimer’s caregivers
More assistance is needed for the estimated 11 million people caring for loved ones with dementia, USC experts say.
USC’s John Carpten to chair President Biden’s National Cancer Advisory Board
As chair of the presidential board, Carpten will be in a position to guide the nation’s cancer research efforts.