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February 11, 2021

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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A masked physician in scrubs receives a vaccine

Taking on vaccine hesitancy among people of color

More than a quarter (27%) of Americans remain hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That number is higher among Black adults, with 35% saying they "definitely or probably would not get vaccinated." Understanding why is crucial to addressing this trend.

The torso of a man wearing jeans is seen, with one hand in his pocket and another holding a cup labeled sperm

Study: Mail-in sperm testing system just as reliable in predicting male fertility as tests performed in clinic settings

When couples struggle to conceive, guidelines recommend a tandem fertility evaluation. For men, this means providing a sperm sample in a clinic, but a new study is challenging that requirement, demonstrating that a mail-in sample can be as reliable as tests performed in a clinic.

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USC alumna Rekha Prakash brings biotech background to Roosevelt High School

As a Los Angeles Unified School District biotechnology instructor at Roosevelt High School, Rekha Prakash works two short miles from USC's Health Sciences Campus, where she earned her master of science degree in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in 2015.

The Argus II retinal prosthesis

USC research coalition uses computer models to advance benefits of 'bionic eye'

The Argus II retinal prosthesis — often referred to as the world's first "bionic eye" — revolutionized the treatment of blindness. Now, a coalition of researchers are using computer models to more quickly test modifications to the prosthetic, which could accelerate the goal of restoring color vision and more precise visual details to patients with progressive blindness.

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Pain Management for Cancer and Chronic Pain: Information vs. Accusation

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Sponsor: AYA@USC

Panelist: Faye Weinstein, PhD

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