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USC research shows Costco beats Medicare in generic drug savings nearly 50% of the time

A USC study comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug prices with those paid by Costco members finds that the federal government overpaid on roughly half of the most common generic medicines in 2018. The findings suggest that policymakers should take a closer look at the practices of intermediaries who effectively negotiate drug prices on behalf […]

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Pandemic pushes California into new age of telehealth and telecommuting

Though the technology needed to work from home and consult with health professionals online has been established for decades, traditional paradigms remained in place. During the pandemic, however, Californians have embraced telecommuting, telehealth and distance learning in ways that offer opportunities to leverage broadband access to support sustainability and improve access to health, education and […]

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COVID-19 reduced US life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populations

The COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 336,000 lives in the United States in 2020, has significantly affected life expectancy, USC and Princeton researchers have found. The researchers project that, due to the pandemic deaths last year, life expectancy at birth for Americans will shorten by 1.13 years to 77.48 years, according to their study […]

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Business closures, partial reopenings due to COVID may cost the US $3-$5 trillion in GDP over 2 years, USC study finds

November 30, 2020 – USC economists project that a best-case scenario for the United States hinges on whether the initial mandatory closures and social distancing measures were sufficient to control the rise in coronavirus cases. In a worst-case scenario, infections would ramp up considerably after businesses reopen; thus, forcing another round of closures. The study […]

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New approach to police lineups measures the strength of an eyewitness’s memory

July 14, 2020 – In a discovery with important implications for criminal justice, a team of scientists from USC and other Southern California research institutions has developed a unique way to measure the reliability of an eyewitness trying to pick a culprit from a police lineup. It’s a new forensic approach that attempts to gauge the strength […]

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New USC Poll Reveals Likely CA Voters’ Sentiments on Homelessness Ahead of March 3 Primary Election

Los Angeles, Calif. Feb. 13, 2020  – Homelessness and housing are top of mind for likely California voters leading into the March 3 Primary Election, according to a new statewide poll conducted by the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. In an open-ended unaided question, […]

Posted inEnviro

Sea-Level Rise Could Reshape the United States, Trigger Migration Inland

January 24, 2020 – When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast in 2017, displaced residents flocked inland, trying to rebuild their lives in the disaster’s aftermath. Within decades, the same thing could happen at a much larger scale due to rising sea levels, says a new study led by USC Computer Science Assistant Professor Bistra […]

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How does your body respond to feelings of moral outrage? It depends on your politics.

January 8, 2020 – When you see someone being unfair, disloyal or uncaring toward others, do you feel a sense of moral outrage in the form of a twisting stomach, pounding heart or flushing face? And is it possible that your body’s response depends on your political affiliation? Researchers with USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute set out […]

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Southern California coast emerges as a toxic algae hot spot

Aug. 22, 2018 – A new, comprehensive survey led by USC scientists shows the Southern California coast harbors some of the world’s highest concentrations of an algal toxin dangerous to wildlife and people who eat local seafood. Episodic outbreaks of algae-produced toxins make headlines every few years when stricken marine animals wash ashore between Santa […]