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Sept. 24, 2020

Voting is now open for Top Doctors 2021,

presented by Los Angeles Magazine and Pasadena Magazine.

If you're an active physician in Los Angeles County,

click here to cast your vote.

Voting closes Oct. 9 at midnight.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Answering common questions about the flu

This year's flu season will coincide with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, making it more important than ever to understand the facts about the flu and to try to stay well. It's especially crucial to know the symptoms, how to prevent infection transmission and how long a sick person should isolate and rest.

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Narsing Rao steps in as interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Narsing Rao has officially become interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, bringing his decades of experience as a clinician, researcher and educator. Rao, a professor of ophthalmology who has been on the Keck School faculty since 1983, steps down from his post as chair of ophthalmology.

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Perspective: Telehealth is a gift, not a compromise

In the midst of the current pandemic, health systems around the world have greatly expanded their use of telehealth in order to continue offering care as safely as possible. Vaughn Starnes, surgeon-in-chief at Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, offers his point of view on the benefits of this shift in the care model.

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Smoking associated with worse outcomes for bladder cancer patients

Patients treated for bladder cancer with a radical cystectomy have worse outcomes if they are smokers, according to a study by Keck Medicine of USC. One reason is that nicotine has been shown to suppress the body's immune system, leading to more complications, according to the study authors.

Featured Event

USC Student Health and Keck Medicine

Date: Thursday, Oct. 1

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Event: "Virtual Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshop"

Location: Webinar

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