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July 23, 2020

Check for continuing updates on the COVID-19 situation through USC's online hub for information, the internal website for faculty and staff (sign-in required) and the Keck Medicine of USC page for patients and visitors.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Researchers enrolling patients in trials for a possible antiviral treatment for COVID-19

While many scientists are striving to create a COVID-19 vaccine, others are researching the best ways to treat those who are already sick. As part of this effort, Keck Medicine physicians are enrolling patients in an international, Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate a promising antiviral drug as a possible treatment for severe COVID-19.

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USC alumnus grants $4 million gift to USC pharmacy and architecture schools

A $4 million gift from Edward C. Abrahamian and his wife, Sandra, will fund student scholarships and support resources at the USC School of Pharmacy, as well as the USC School of Architecture. An alumnus of the latter, Abrahamian made his donation to the USC School of Pharmacy in honor of his late brother, Frank, who graduated from the pharmacy school in 1959.

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Supplements with potential to prevent Alzheimer's affect blood more than the brain

A small clinical trial from the Keck School of Medicine of USC has provided important clues about the discrepancy between levels of omega-3s in the blood with those in the central nervous system in people at high risk for Alzheimer's disease. The findings suggest that higher doses of omega-3 supplements may be needed in order to make a difference in the brain.

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Living near natural gas flaring poses health risks for pregnant women and babies

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in partnership with UCLA scientists, have found that women living near natural gas and oil wells that use flaring to burn off excess gas face a 50% greater risk of premature birth than women with no exposure. Flares, which can burn for weeks at a time, release harmful chemicals linked to a higher risk of preterm birth and reduced birth weight in other contexts.

Featured Event

USC Stem Cell

Dates: Tuesday, July 28

Time: 11 a.m.

Event: "Summer Seminar Series," Amjad Askary, PhD, Caltech

Location: Webinar

Info and registration (required): To get information and register, email Cristy Lytal at lytal@med.usc.edu.

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