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February 18, 2021

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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COVID town hall takes on vaccine concerns in the Black community

A Black History Month town hall on the COVID-19 vaccine was held recently to dispel misinformation and to encourage people to get the shots. Read about the event here and watch a recording of the event here.

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USC Urology gives patient peace of mind and someone to trust

When Dick Martin learned he had prostate cancer, one thing he didn't have to wonder about was who he would trust to oversee his treatment. It was going to be René Sotelo, MD, a urologic surgeon at USC Urology, part of Keck Medicine of USC.

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Monthly cost sharing doubles throughout the year for some Medicare insulin users

Despite recent policy efforts to close the Part D coverage gap, Medicare beneficiaries still face monthly out-of-pocket costs for insulin that can more than double at times. A new study tracks when this happens and why this is a troubling finding for patient health.

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Wearable fitness trackers useful in cancer treatment, study finds

Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells, but they can also damage healthy cells. For doctors, getting the right balance between treatment intensity and side-effects can be hard. Now a digital-era solution is emerging, involving wearable activity trackers to evaluate and help treat cancer patients.

Featured Event

The Conversation: Connecting Researchers and News Media to Advance Science

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Time: 11 a.m.

Sponsor: USC Central Communications, USC Provost and USC Center for Excellence in Research

Panelists: Beth Shuster, Office of the Provost; Gary Polakovic, USC Central Communications; Maggie Villiger, The Conversation; Eric Zack, The Conversation; Anita Sengupta, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Daryl Davies, USC School of Pharmacy

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