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September 30, 2021

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Flu shots to be mandatory for all, USC and Keck Medicine announce

USC and Keck Medicine of USC leaders have announced mandatory flu vaccination policies for 2021. University faculty, staff, students and Keck Medicine employees must have received the influenza vaccine and provided proof of compliance, or have completed an exemption form by Oct. 31 for health system employees, and Nov. 1 for the wider university community.

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Must-read information about screenings that may save your life

September is gynecologic cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month. With women's health in mind, experts with Keck Medicine of USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center explain why screenings and yearly preventive visits are essential.

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Study looks at gut-brain interaction and role of exercise in Parkinson's treatment

New research from the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy explores the connection between the gut and the brain, how this could impact those with Parkinson's disease, and the role exercise could play on improving gut health.

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Researchers track COVID-19 infection rates as businesses reopen

A USC study of more than 80 counties nationwide shows that, as local governments set up varying policies to reopen after pandemic lockdowns, gyms, hair salons and barber shops showed the highest rise in infection rate when businesses fully reopened with no restrictions.

Featured Event

Historical Perspectives on Health Inequality in Africa: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, October 5

Speaker: Joachim Osur, PhD, MPH, vice chancellor at Amref International University

Sponsors: USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation

Location: Webinar

Info and RSVP: For information and to register, click here.

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