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Aging is Happening

March 2019

HEALTH

Fasting-mimicking diet holds promise for digestive issues

Periodic low-calorie diet could help patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Read More

         

TECHNOLOGY

How Mobile Apps Can Help Caregivers

Study analyzes what kinds of applications are available for users caring for loved ones.
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RESEARCH

Connections Between Brain Injuries and Dementia

Andrei Irimia explores why brain injuries increase dementia risk in some people, but not others. 
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CLASSROOM

Students Make Nutrition Information More Digestible

Future dietitians learn to prepare health messaging for consumers.
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BUSINESS

Senior Living Professionals Embrace Innovation

2019 USC Senior Living Executive Course discussed increasing affordability, promoting independence and more.
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In the News

Media Highlights Featuring USC Leonard Davis Experts 

Smithsonian featured research by Jessica Ho of the USC Leonard Davis School about global drug overdose death rates and how the United States compares to other high-income countries. “While the United States is not alone in experiencing increases in drug overdose mortality, the magnitude of the differences in levels of drug overdose mortality is staggering,” Ho said. Vox, UPI, U.S. News & World Report and WebMD also covered the study.

New Scientist featured research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School about the health benefits of a fasting-mimicking diet and its possible relief of irritable bowel disease. By reducing caloric intake and carefully monitoring what foods were consumed, Longo and his team found the amount of stem cells increased in the gut, a sign of regeneration, and reversed inflammation in the colon. DailyMailMindBodyGreenKPFA-FMAgencia EFEHealthlineWomen’s Health (Australia)Body and Soul (Australia)Europa PressHet Laatste Nieuws (Belgium) and Volkskrant (The Netherlands) also featured the study’s results. The Guardian featured comments from Longo on extreme fasting in Silicon Valley tech culture.

Bustle mentioned research by Caleb Finch of the USC Leonard Davis School and Jiu-Chiuan Chen of the Keck Medicine of USC linking pollution exposure to dementia in older women

Next Avenue featured research and comments by USC Leonard Davis School Research Assistant Professor Anna Rahman on how Yelp ratings for nursing homes and ratings from the government-run Nursing Home Compare website don’t correlate well.

USA Today quoted Caroline Cicero of the USC Leonard Davis School regarding a popular social media post in which a man planned to spend his retirement years at a Holiday Inn hotel. Cicero argued the idea is not based in reality since hotel living is impractical for physically disabled seniors who need help with daily activities such as bathing and getting dressed.

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