Executive Health Administration

Emily Gersema

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Air Pollution Worsens Diseases and Cognitive Function

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2016 9:15:00 AM / by Emily Gersema posted in Health Policy, Population Health

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Air pollution and neighborhood stress appear to harm the aging brain. A combination of stressors could mean more cognitive impairment for vulnerable older adults, USC researcher says.

A USC study will examine the relationship between social stressors and environmental pollution on cognition in older adults. (Photo/Shutterstock)

Even with key steps taken to decrease air pollution in recent decades, there are serious health effects connected to auto exhaust and other pollutants in the air we breathe, especially for older adults. Air pollution can worsen existing heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and more in older people, according to Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her latest research, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Social Science and Medicine, indicates that living in a high-pollution environment can also contribute to an increased risk of cognitive problems.

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Lack of Influenza Immunization Will Cost US Billions

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Emily Gersema

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An influenza pandemic would cost the nation tens of billions of dollars in economic losses — nearly double what previous estimates showed, a new study reveals.


Published on June 28 in Risk Analysis: An International Journal, the USC-led study found that the nation would lose as much as $45 billion in gross domestic product if Americans failed to get vaccinated for the flu, compared with $34 billion if they were vaccinated. 

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Malpractice Risk Impedes Healthcare Reform

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 6, 2015 7:30:00 AM / by Emily Gersema posted in Health Policy

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Study finds physicians do more for patients believing it reduces liability risk 

Physicians who spend more money and resources conducting tests and procedures for patients are less likely to be sued for malpractice, according to a new study that indicates “defensive medicine” may work. Published Nov. 4 by The BMJ, the study by researchers at USC, Harvard University and Stanford University noted that doctors in surveys worldwide said they practice defensive medicine — doing more for patients because they believe it reduces liability risk. The study affirms this widely held assumption, tying higher spending to lower malpractice claim rates through an analysis of Florida physician and claims data.

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