Stories by Paul Karon:
Scientists team with community mentors to boost research in underserved areas
New initiative helps a faculty member hone her studies on Latinos with multiple sclerosis.
Mobile health team explores new self-tracking technology
As the movement grows, researchers see ample opportunities to study and improve human health.
USC, UCLA and LA County to team on Healthy Aging Initiative
The program will study physical, emotional and mental health services for an older demographic.
Self-care among Latinos with diabetes studied
Researcher seeks ways to make health an everyday priority for teens and young adults.
How MRI helps determine stroke risk in sickle cell patients
Imaging techniques offer researchers insights on brain blood flow that may boost a doctor’s ability to manage long-term health.
Potential drug treatment for alcohol abuse studied at USC
Repurposing of a familiar medicine may provide a much-needed pharmaceutical treatment to reduce problem drinking.
USC team takes a fresh approach to pediatric emergencies
Researchers review online training for physicians who treat babies and children.
Pediatric surgeon leads nationwide study to help children with liver disease
USC doctor hopes to find answers about a rare but debilitating childhood condition.
Social worker studies long-term health of the homeless
Researchers learn what real estate agents have long known: location matters.
Grad student’s video breaks down vaccine myths
Woodham creates project to dissect discredited theories suggesting that vaccines cause autism.
Better skin healing might be on the way for those with diabetes
Compound from common protein improves wound healing on diabetic skin in the lab.
USC scholar uses MRI to examine thyroid disorders
Brown fat is increasingly drawing the interest of medical researchers who study metabolic and endocrine issues.
Videos broaden understanding of federal grants
Jamaica Rettberg’s presentation was so well-received that she made it available beyond the USC community — by turning it into a video that could be posted online.
Neurosurgeon seeks new treatments for stroke patients
William Mack investigates how doctors could manipulate the body’s natural inflammation response to treat blood flow disorders of the brain.
USC physician develops culturally tailored research
Growing up, Joyce Javier saw too many of her peers grapple with drug use, depression and even suicide.
Practice makes perfect in applying for federal grants
Applying to the National Institutes of Health for grants is among the most challenging of hurdles for early career biomedical researchers.
Advocates take the pulse of Latinos’ heart health
During the SC CTSI project, the study team trained 25 promotoras in a heart-health curriculum called “Su Corazón, Su Vida.”
Teamwork yields published paper on brain tumor
A four-person team collaborated on scientific literature about the emotional and behavioral impacts on children with a type of brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma.
Birth control research may drive global health policy
Antiretroviral drugs that suppress the HIV infection can also block the contraceptive function of the most commonly used type of birth control pill.
MRI helps doctors examine effects of cholesterol meds
Researchers in a multiyear study are using magnetic resonance imaging to understand the long-term effect of statins drugs on arterial blockages.
Carving out more research time for surgeons
The Department of Surgery will fund one of its faculty’s participation in the clinical researcher education curriculum.
Technology speeds service for Medicaid patients
SC CTSI has supported a study showing how technology can give Medicaid patients better access to medical specialists, with less hassle for the patients and lower cost for the providers.
Researchers target drug-resistant strains of HIV
USC researchers have demonstrated a way to generate potential new drugs to halt the replication of HIV in infected patients by inhibiting a crucial enzyme in the virus’ reproductive cycle.
USC researchers put food smarts into phones
USC researchers develop a smartphone app that suggests recipes made from food on hand to suit a family’s tastes and needs.