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Aging is Happening

February 2019


US Drug Overdose Death Rates Highest Among Wealthy Nations

The epidemic is a factor in the life expectancy gap between the United States and other high-income countries. Read More



Is the Keto Diet Safe? USC Experts Have Concerns

Dietitians may recommend the popular plan for some, but most of us can avoid such extremes.
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Creating a More Age-Friendly Campus

Think beyond stereotypes to help Trojans of all ages feel welcome, say experts.
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Kelvin Davies Named Distinguished Professor

The title is awarded to professors who have brought special renown to USC.
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In the News

Media Highlights Featuring USC Leonard Davis Experts 

Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC quoted Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School about California’s proposed budget for caregiver support. Benton said most Californians don’t qualify for low-income caregiver support services. “Family members in general sacrifice a lot,” said Benton. “And then when they go to look for services for themselves, usually they’re not going to qualify.”

PBS’ “Next Avenue” highlighted research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School and his book, The Longevity Diet. Longo’s research suggests that applying a fasting-mimicking diet three or four times a year can activate as well as boost regeneration and rejuvenation in stem cells. Los Angeles Times also quoted Longo on controversial "anti-aging" treatments sought out by wealthy individuals.

Health Affairs featured a blog post by USC Leonard Davis Research Assistant Professor Anna Rahman about how the distinction between palliative care and end-of-life care needs to be made clearer. “Consistently conflating palliative care and hospice care threatens to undermine our field’s credibility and our ability to help patients who could benefit from the extra layer of support palliative care provides,” she wrote.

ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV highlighted the Mindful Eating Series. The spot included interviews with Deborah Weirick of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and USC Leonard Davis graduate student Megan Tancredi. Tancredi leads class discussions in the 10-week program.

Unerased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America interviewed Gerald Davison of the USC Dornsife College and USC Leonard Davis School. He discussed how he took a stand against conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ in the 1970s.

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