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Aging is Happening

August 2018


Research will address the neglected role of environmental neurotoxins in the development of Alzheimer’s
A new National Institute on Aging program grant awarded to USC researchers will allow them to examine how urban air pollution contributes to accelerated brain aging and dementia risk.

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From General Hospital to gerontology: Soap star finds meaning as professor
“People always ask me if it’s too late to go back to school and I always say no,” says George Shannon. 

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USC-led taskforce recommends increased caregiver services and supports
The California Task Force on Family Caregiving presented their final report at a special hearing of the California Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care.

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USC Leonard Davis School Faculty Win Grants for New Research Directions
Instructional Assistant Professor of Gerontology Caroline Cicero and Assistant Professor of Gerontology Berenice Benayoun have been named the 2018 recipients of the Hanson-Thorell Family Research Scholarships.

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In the News

Media Highlights Featuring USC Leonard Davis Experts 

ABC News featured research by Jessica Ho on life expectancy across high-income countries declining for the first time in decades. "It's really striking that we saw so many high-income countries simultaneously experience life expectancy declines in one year," Ho said. Among Americans, the decline in life expectancy was concentrated among people in their 20s and 30s, and was largely due to a rise in opioid overdose deaths, according to Ho and her co-author. The research was also covered by CNNWebMD and other outlets.

Time cited research by Valter Longo on the possible health benefits of intermittent fasting. Everyday Health mentioned the possible impact on the progression of multiple sclerosis. Alternative Daily mentioned benefits to the immune system.
“When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said.

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