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Gas, diesel exhaust, brake wear metals or resuspended road dust could all contribute to children’s poor respiratory health, according to the USC study.

Common genetic variation safeguards children from asthma, study finds

Too much residential traffic removes the protective effect a specific gene has on lowering asthma risk, according to a new USC study. Children could have zero, one or two copies of a common gene variant. “Environmental exposures such as traffic-related air pollution can trigger lung inflammation, but the effects depend on genetic background,” said Frank

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The study represents one of the first female-specific genetic associations for heart disease.

Keck School researchers discover gene that protects women from heart disease

USC researchers have identified a gene variant that decreases the risk of heart disease — but only among women. Hooman Allayee, PhD, senior author of the study and associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said scientists have known that heart disease affects men and women differently, but what

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2016 Scholarship Gala to honor Keck School faculty member and alumni

Alumni, current scholarship recipients, parents and other friends of the Keck School of Medicine of USC will gather to honor two very notable alumni and a beloved faculty member on March 12 at the 2016 Keck Scholarship Gala. This year’s honorees all are people who have made a major impact on both the Keck School

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John Rodarte, MD, left, stands with second-year medical student Jeremiah Wang during the November volunteer trip to the Healing Hearts Across Borders clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

Keck School second-year student goes the extra 26.2 miles to help patients

Jeremiah Wang was looking at a glucose strip in a crowded, makeshift clinic in Mexico when he knew he had made the right decision to become a doctor. The then-first year student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC was a volunteer with Healing Hearts Across Borders (HHAB), a nonprofit organization that brings dozens

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USC Norris Medical Library clinical and research librarian Lynn Kysh, left, talks with author John Corey Whaley during a Visions and Voices event on Jan. 25 at Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus.

Author talks severed heads, cryogenics at Visions and Voices event

Guillotines, Mary Shelley and the likelihood of resurrecting David Bowie were hot topics on the Health Sciences Campus recently as award-winning author John Corey Whaley discussed his recent novel Noggin, a finalist for the National Book Award. More than 50 people attended the Jan. 25 Visions and Voices event, held at Aresty Auditorium on the Health

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