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March 1, 2018

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Nikias espouses university values, inclusion in presidential address

USC is redoubling its commitment to upholding the crucial values of higher education, said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in his annual State of the University Address. Speaking to faculty and staff at the Health Sciences Campus on Feb. 27, Nikias stressed the role of great universities in advancing freedom, imagination, compassion and the search for truth.

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Alzheimer's tool lets people 50 or older monitor their risk factors

An online tool that helps older people monitor their brain health developed at USC addresses a major obstacle to finding early Alzheimer's treatments: significant delays in clinical trial enrollment.

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Patients sought to test immunotherapies for cervical cancer

Researchers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center are recruiting patients at both the precancerous and most advanced stage of cervical cancer to participate in clinical trials developing new immunotherapies for the disease.

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Researcher: Opioid abuse leads to heroin use, hepatitis C epidemic

Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a USC study shows. As more people use opioids, many switch to heroin because it’s more potent and cheaper — a trend that complicates disease prevention as health officials crack down on opioids.

Featured Event

USC Stem Cell Seminar

Date: Tuesday, March 6

Time: 11 a.m.

Speaker: Jianlong Wang, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Location: Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center Auditorium

Info: Cristy Lytal, lytal@med.usc.edu, http://stemcell.usc.edu/events,

Webcast: http://keckmedia.usc.edu/stem-cell-seminar

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