Zen Vuong is a USC media relations writer who covers health and medical research. Before joining USC, she was a science writer at the Pasadena Star-News.
Stories by Zen Vuong:
Air pollution linked to heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children
High levels of pollution may make insulin-creating cells become less efficient, increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes, USC researchers say.
Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women
USC-led study suggests that tiny, dirty airborne particles known as PM2.5 invade the brain.
A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain
Breakdown of unique cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly influencing the development of Alzheimer’s.
E-cigarette retailers use Pokémon Go to peddle their products
The practice takes place years after FTC ruled cartoon characters should not be used to sell tobacco.
Children with asthma are more likely to become obese, USC study finds
Even after accounting for exercise, asthmatic children may be more at risk of obesity.
Big data could be the new hope for the future of health
The curation and analysis of health data may lead to new ways of treating diseases, USC researchers say in public awareness film.
Year in review: From labs to papers to rehab units, science and research range from weird to wonderful
USC 2016 | A stem cell miracle and a fish with arthritis, fake news and ‘the ultimate Pokémon’ — you won’t believe what USC experts are discovering.
Antihistamines prevent ‘Asian flush’ — alcohol-induced facial redness — but pose risks
Off-label use of Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet can crank up drinking habits and increase cancer risk in the long run, USC experts say.
USC neurologist Paul Aisen works to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts
The researcher explains five things to know about the only disease among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.
5 USC professors named fellows of prestigious science organization
The American Association for the Advancement of Science recognizes the researchers for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Women who have their last baby after 35 are mentally sharper in old age, study finds
Participants in the study were tested on verbal memory, attention and concentration, and visual perception.
USC experts take long look at the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers in different disciplines try to pinpoint its start, and consider treatments from there. November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
USC researcher targets blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s study
Berislav Zlokovic receives new funding to explore the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Biden announces USC participation in new Cancer Moonshot project
The project aims to accelerate the development of reliable blood tests for biologically based precision treatment and disease monitoring.
$21.7 million spurs USC research on how epilepsy develops
The grant supports international researchers working to cure a neurological disorder that affects millions in the U.S.
Does brain size really matter?
USC researchers lead an international team identifying seven genes that predict ‘intracranial volume’ and Parkinson’s disease.
Can you zap your brain back to health?
Electrifying brain circuits may decrease depressive symptoms and chronic pain, but a USC scientist says we first need to see what the electric current is actually doing.
USC to show how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment as part of White House event
University’s researchers to participate in Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot exhibit.
Vernon residents deal with the dangers of living near lead and industrial smelting plants
Keck School of Medicine faculty discuss what has become a national public health issue.
New study has dire warning: Even a few extra pounds can kill you
Global study contradicts a previous finding that being overweight increases longevity.
There’s hope for reversing stroke-induced long-term disability
A human protein combined with stem cell therapy has been found to repair stroke damage to the brain, according to a new USC-led study on mice.
6 things men should know about testicular cancer
Testis cancer rates have spiked for Latino men living in Los Angeles County, home to 9 percent of the nation’s Hispanic population.
11 answers to questions about liver cancer
Liver cancer, one of the more preventable diseases, rises for non-Asians living in Los Angeles County.
Expert answers 7 questions about melanoma
While the deadly skin cancer has risen nationally for more than 30 years, its growth in Los Angeles County has slowed.