Executive Health Administration

Zen Vuong


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New Year, New Science, New Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Zen Vuong posted in Information Technology, Big Data

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Big data could be the new hope for the future of health.

The curation and analysis of health data may lead to new ways of treating diseases, USC researchers say in public awareness film. If more people were willing to share their health data on mobile devices, scientists could organize the gaggle of information into shared databases and perhaps bring about the next era of medical breakthroughs, researchers said in a social change film. The curation and analysis of terabytes of health data may enable David B. Agus, a professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, to tell his patients that hope exists.

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Public Health Problems: Toxins in the Environment

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Zen Vuong posted in Public Health

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Two USC experts tackle tough health questions centering on citizens who live near a defunct battery recycling plant in southeast Los Angeles County. There, Vernon residents deal with the dangers of living near lead and industrial smelting plants. The Exide plant closed in 2015 after officials found soil contaminated with lead, arsenic and other pollutants.

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Majority of Cancer in Los Angeles is Preventable

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2016 7:30:20 AM / by Zen Vuong posted in Population Health

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USC’s latest cancer report card charts trends using data from 1.3 million diagnosed cases in Los Angeles

Prostate and lung cancer have been the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, has been on a steady decline among Koreans and Japanese. Black men had the highest overall rates of cancer. Thyroid cancer — which is relatively treatable — has been on the rise, and women are about three times more likely to contract it than men.

These are a few of the notable nuggets in the most recent Cancer in Los Angeles County: Trends by Race/Ethnicity 1976-2012, a book released on Aug. 15. The report card includes every cancer diagnosis in the region over the past 37 years — more than 1.3 million. With easy-to-read charts, the book divides L.A.’s population into 11 ethnic and racial groups to highlight the fact that cancer risk is a result of genetics, environment and behavior.

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