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:
Opioid epidemic may be driving illicit drug users to use needles sooner, USC study finds
Injection comes more quickly to those born in the ’80s and ’90s, increasing their risk of HIV, mental health disorders, overdose and early death.
With Earth Day, USC experts consider climate change and pro-EPA protests
Environmentalists, scientists and citizens concerned about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take to the streets in the #MarchForScience.
The close-to-home reason this USC brain scientist is trying to figure out Alzheimer’s
Arthur Toga saw the disease ravage his family, so he’s worked to transform what scientists know and think about the memory-erasing illness that affects 1 in 3 seniors.
Cracking the brain’s genetic code to prevent neurological and psychiatric diseases
Through crowdsourcing, researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have aggregated some of the largest brain scan data sets for certain neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Childhood head injuries appear to cause structural changes in brain
The speed of information traveling within a child’s brain may signal who needs the most help after a head injury.
Newfound primate teeth fill a gap in the evolutionary tree of life
The species of primate from India is distantly related to the lemurs of Madagascar.
From mother to baby: ‘Secondhand sugars’ can pass through breast milk
Even a small amount of fructose in breast milk is associated with increases in a baby’s body weight.
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.