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June 16, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Patient saved by transfusion-free surgery that honors her faith

Natalie Ciebrant needed surgery to repair her aortic aneurysm. But her Jehovah's Witness faith wouldn't allow the patient to receive a blood transfusion during surgery, which led a long line of surgeons to turn down the case. Finally, Natalie found a team of Keck Medicine doctors prepared to save her life in a way that respected her beliefs.

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U.S. News names CHLA top pediatric hospital in California

U.S. News and World Report has again named Children's Hospital Los Angeles the No. 1 children's hospital in California and in the survey's Pacific region. Clinical care at CHLA is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, an affiliation dating to 1932.

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Study: Stress accelerates aging of the immune system

Severe or prolonged stress can cause serious long-term health effects, such as increased cancer risk, cardiovascular disease and vulnerability to infections. A USC study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may help explain disparities in age-related health and identify possible ways to intervene.

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How brain structures differ in people with anorexia

People with anorexia experience significant reductions in three critical measures of the brain, a global research team led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute has found. This discovery underscores the value of early treatment and support, the study's authors say.

Featured Event

Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 22

Listening session: "Review Meeting for the California Tele-PrEP Program," led by Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH

Summary: Leaders of a study developing ways to improve telehealth access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for lower-income Latino patients will meet with medical professionals and community members to help develop best practices for their continuing research.

Location: Webinar

Registration: To learn more, click here. To participate in the listening session, click here.

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