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USC Information Science Institute researchers are pioneering an effort to identify and prevent spoofing attacks on biometrics systems. (Photo illustration/iStock)

USC’s cutting-edge biometrics research receives technology-transfer government contract

Cyberattacks are increasingly sophisticated as institutions of all kinds turn to biometrics to confirm user identity. USC Information Sciences Institute researchers are on the front lines, developing systems to guard against security breaches and hacking attempts.

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Binge eating disorder — characterized by episodes of uncontrollable eating and diagnosed in about 3% of the U.S. population — may be linked to a higher density of gray matter in the brain’s centers for reward and inhibition. (Photo/iStock)

USC experts discover brain differences in young children with binge eating disorder

The study suggests that binge eating disorder is wired in the brain from an early age, says lead author Stuart Murray, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

HealthScience/Technology
New alzheimer's drug: Man reading newspaper
USC researchers have found older Americans most at risk for Alzheimer’s know little about aducanumab, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of survey respondents said they were worried about Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo/iStock)

Study finds older Americans are largely unaware of new Alzheimer’s drug

Among older Americans surveyed in the weeks after FDA approval of aducanumab, few could correctly answer true or false questions about the first new Alzheimer’s drug in decades.