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:
Badly behaved teens? Air pollution could be to blame
Tiny, toxic particles creep into developing brains, cause inflammation and may damage brain pathways responsible for emotion and decisions, USC researcher finds.
USC, Harvard hospitals and Mayo Clinic to build national Alzheimer’s research system
New infrastructure could enable researchers to accelerate clinical trials and find new treatments for the disease, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Newfound protein may prevent viral infection, cancer often linked to HIV
USC-led study sketches a disease roadmap for a soft tissue cancer called Kaposi sarcoma.
African-Americans face highest risk for multiple myeloma yet underrepresented in research
Most multiple myeloma studies involve people of European descent, but the disease is more likely to affect African-Americans.
6 USC professors named fellows of esteemed scientific society
The American Association for the Advancement of Science recognizes the researchers for their efforts to advance science.
An iPhone app that monitors heart failures — and perhaps saves lives
The high-tech, low-cost diagnostic tool is designed to detect heart failure before it happens, USC engineer says.
Teens who vape higher doses of nicotine are more likely to become regular smokers
Nicotine is extremely harmful to the developing adolescent brain, USC study finds.
Schizophrenia found to disrupt the brain’s entire communication system
Wiring is frayed in more than just one region, according to a new international study — the largest analysis ever of white matter among people with a psychiatric disorder.
USC team discovers how liver cancer cells survive
The discovery by Keck School of Medicine researchers could ultimately lead to new therapies for the cancer, for which incidence rates have been rising steadily.
USC scientists put the cancer patient at the center of scientific discovery
Peter Kuhn travels to Vietnam, where he explains the university’s personalized approach to treatment and research.
The next decade could bring a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research, USC expert says
Renowned researcher Paul Aisen predicts science may be close to slowing and eventually preventing the disease.
1 in 5 children in the U.S. enter school overweight or obese, researchers find
As National Childhood Obesity Month begins, USC experts talk healthy habits and explain how sugar intake and diet affect the brain.
Genetics put some older women at higher risk than men for Alzheimer’s
Women genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s are more susceptible than men between ages 65 and 75, researchers discover.
USC researcher identifies a new potential way to treat HIV
Targeting human proteins may be a more effective treatment than using “HIV cocktails” to maintain health.
Zika virus may harm baby by stifling pregnant women’s weakened immune system
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are most vulnerable to the Asian Zika virus during their first and second trimesters, USC researchers say.
Health expert uses an unlikely source — pop culture — to learn what matters to you
Jon-Patrick Allem uses information from Google searches and social media posts to generate research that brings about change.
New map may lead to drug development for complex brain disorders
A study of protein interactions could be the first step to finding treatments that focus on problematic pathways, USC researcher says.
Drinking coffee could lead to a longer life
Whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, coffee is associated with lower mortality, which suggests the association is not tied to caffeine.
Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive today
The discovery fills a significant gap in the evolutionary history of frogs, toads and other amphibians.
Happy 10th birthday, iPhone: You’ve changed the world in addictive ways
Our love of smartphones shows no sign of stopping a decade after Apple released its first one.
Researchers discover what may be earliest stage of Alzheimer’s
Clusters of a sticky protein — amyloid plaque — found in the brain signal mental decline years before symptoms appear, a new study finds.
Overweight children are excluded from friendships and disliked by peers, USC study finds
Negative social interactions can increase the kids’ risk of loneliness, depression, poor eating habits and illness.
Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s
Marking Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, USC researchers analyze big data, help caregivers and create preventive medication to discover factors that protect us as we age.
Science without borders is needed to solve the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease
Renowned scientists share recent findings at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute in a collaborative effort to streamline unpublished research findings toward possible solutions.