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January 20, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Ear canal surgery gives high school principal surround sound for first time

A delicate and complicated ear canal surgery by John Oghalai, MD, chair of the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC, gave Jake Valtierra his dream come true — the chance to truly hear the music.

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Arthritis-related gene also regenerates cartilage in joints and growth plates

The IL-6 family of proteins has a bad reputation: it can promote inflammation, arthritis, autoimmune disease and even cancer. However, a new USC-led study reveals the importance of IL-6 and associated genes for maintaining and regenerating cartilage.

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Study: Household pesticide use harms infant gross motor development

A childhood spent next to a dairy farm near Fresno inspired a doctoral student in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC to study the effects of household pesticide use on motor development in infants.

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Tackling health disparities: Alzheimer's and sleep issues for African Americans

A new grant is funding researchers from the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to study the connection between poor sleep and Alzheimer's disease in African Americans.

Featured Event

Primary Care Approach to Substance Use Disorders

Time: Noon

Date: Wednesday, January 26

Speaker: Randolph Holmes, MD, addiction medicine physician

Sponsor: Primary Care Initiative, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Location: Webinar and Mayer Auditorium

Info: For virtual registration, click here. For in-person registration, click here.

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