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Oct. 8, 2020

Oct. 9 is the last day to vote

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Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Top Doctors of 2020 recognized by Pasadena Magazine

Physicians from Keck Medicine of USC again have been recognized by Pasadena Magazine in its annual Top Doctors issue. This year, 110 physicians associated with Keck Medicine were included in the magazine's roster of Top Doctors. These physicians represent 33 specialties.

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Young priest faces lung cancer with strength and grace

Although he never smoked, the Rev. Abdias González González received a lung cancer diagnosis at age 38. Seeking help at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, he found answers, hope and the treatment he needed from oncologist Jorge Nieva.

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When it comes to arthritic bone spurs, stem cells hurt instead of heal

The same stem cells that heal broken bones can also generate arthritic bone spurs called osteophytes, according to a new study. Led by Gage Crump at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Cosimo de Bari of the University of Aberdeen, an international team of scientists made this discovery by studying mice that had sustained a type of knee injury that causes arthritis.

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Little known information on latex allergies

Latex allergy symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, and the substance can be found in a range of common items. The experts at Keck Medicine offer information to help readers determine whether they may have an allergy, and what steps they can take to protect themselves.

Have you had your flu shot?

All Keck Medicine of USC employees must get their flu shot by Nov. 1. All USC employees who are or will be on campus must get vaccinated, as well. Free vaccinations are available to Keck Medicine employees at Employee Health Services, and to USC employees at select USC Pharmacies.

Keck Medicine employees, please make sure to fill out your Seasonal Flu Immunization Survey before getting your flu shot. Those with medical, religious or philosophical objections may submit an exemption request form. Those who get their flu shot elsewhere must still submit sufficient documentation by Nov. 1. For any questions, please contact Employee Health Services.

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