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Aug. 4, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Keck Medicine hospitals rely on the wisdom of accomplished women as chiefs of staff

Keck Medicine of USC is proud to have women serving as chiefs of staff at all three hospitals. Job duties include acting as the medical staff spokesperson, fostering educational activities for the staff and coordinating with chief executive officers to improve the hospital. Each individual recently spoke about their background and the core values they bring to the job.

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PBS special covers USC study on the severe effects of airport pollution

Aircraft-related air pollution drives far higher inflammation markers in adult asthma patients than exposure to traffic-related pollution does, according to a study by the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Department of Population and Public Sciences. The results can be seen in a recent PBS documentary covering the findings and their impact on asthma patients.

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Perspective: Psychosocial factors can impact chronic back pain

Psychology can play a significant role in increasing or reducing the severity of chronic back pain, according to a Brazilian study published in April. In an editorial, Steven Richeimer, MD, discusses how the mind-body connection could apply to back pain treatments.

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Study: Certain medications multiply risk of cardiovascular-related deaths in older adults

Using multiple medications with known cardiovascular side effects can double — or sometimes triple — the risk for a heart attack, stroke or death among older adults with no prior cardiovascular disease, according to new research from the USC Schaeffer Center. The results, researchers say, should compel clinicians to ensure older patients use medications with a lower cardiovascular risk profile.

Featured Event

Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Date: Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12

Time: Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; Friday: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Topic: Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program's 31st Annual Educational Symposium

Summary: Program objectives include showcasing how cancer registry data are used in cancer research; highlighting the impact of cancer surveillance on improving outcomes; and to stimulate awareness, interest, collaborations and actions for cancer control.

Location: Webinar

Registration and additional info:

Note: Registration deadline has been extended from Monday, Aug. 1 to Monday, Aug. 8 by end of day. Register here. For full program details, click here. For additional information, please email csp.symposium@usc.edu.

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