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June 17, 2021

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Masking, breakthrough infections and telehealth: Keck Medicine of USC experts on life after June 15

June 15 was a banner day in California. Most COVID-19 statewide restrictions were eliminated, including physical distancing and, in many situations, mask mandates. To help people adjust, Keck Medicine of USC experts weighed in on what to expect and how to stay safe in the Golden State.

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Breakthrough in brain imaging may offer future alternative to functional MRI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has transformed the landscape of research and clinical care, but because of its cost and functional limitations, scientists have continued to look for new ways to see into the human brain. Recently, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC demonstrated a new technological approach that could answer this need.

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Researchers receive $5 million to study cancer risk across diverse populations

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a research grant to David Conti, PhD, and Christopher Haiman, ScD, funding their efforts to study cancer risks across diverse populations and how this data may impact treatment.

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Heart health scientist recommends rethinking hormone therapy for women

Howard Hodis, MD, is driven to prove the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and undo the harm he says has been done to women's health over the past 20 years. To this end, he is running a National Institutes of Health-funded study to see how HRT affects women's thinking and cardiovascular health.

Featured Event

The Road Ahead: COVID's Impact on L.A. County and Lessons Learned

Time: Noon

Date: Wednesday, June 23

Sponsors: USC COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center

Speaker: Barbara Ferrer, PhD, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Location: Webinar

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