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:
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.
8 things women should know about breast cancer
White and black women in Los Angeles County are the most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but Asians are slowly catching up.
On the prowl for an elusive rodent called ‘the ultimate Pokémon’
Biologists seek Zenkerella, a scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists.
Cancer in context: 37 years collected data reveals eye-opening trends
USC’s latest cancer report card charts trends using data from 1.3 million diagnosed cases in Los Angeles.
2 Zika proteins responsible for microcephaly identified
It’s the first study to examine Zika infection in human neural stem cells from second-trimester fetuses, USC researchers say.
More teen vaping could reverse progress in tobacco reduction
Experimentation with e-cigarettes could become nicotine addiction for youth who have never used any other tobacco products, USC study suggests.
New brain map could lead to novel therapies for autism and Huntington’s disease
Brain connectivity atlas assists in the understanding of mental and neural disorders.
Piping hot drinks may lead to cancer of the esophagus
But the WHO pulls back from earlier statements that coffee itself is “possibly carcinogenic.”
Flu-like symptoms in pregnant women could affect baby
Mouse study shows importance of just the right amount of serotonin for fetal brain development.
‘Sunscreen gene’ may help protect against skin cancer
USC-led study reveals that melanoma patients with deficient or mutant copies of the gene are less protected from harmful ultraviolet rays.
USC researchers discover potential cure for chronic hepatitis B
The infection has been cured in mice by removing ‘traitors’ residing in liver’s immune cells.
Lost in the middle: Cancer survival rates for 15- to 39-year-olds have not improved
In contrast, children and adults over 40 have benefited from medical advances in the past three decades.