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The regional center will test new strategies such as the idea of “food prescriptions,” or affordable grocery delivery accompanied by meal plans tailored to Latino culture. (Photo/Shutterstock)

USC and CHLA win $24.5 million NIH grant to establish center aimed at improving Latino health across Southern California

The Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Families and Children will focus on reversing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases in Latinos with culturally sensitive solutions.

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A discovery by Ray Stevens of the Bridge Institute at the USC MIchelson Center for Convergent Bioscience may lead to new or better treatments for patients with obesity. They've configured a key cell receptor that is the likely target for new therapies. (Illustration/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya)

Better obesity treatments may lie ahead after discovery of key protein structure

An international team of scientists, led by Raymond Stevens of USC’s Bridge Institute, is investigating a protein in the brain that will likely be the target of improved obesity therapies.