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Experts debate current, future dilemmas at Neely Center’s Next Generation Ethics Conference

April 19, 2018

Neely Center Director Ali Abbas addresses the audience at the 2018 Next Generation Ethics Conference. (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan) See more photos on Flickr » By Matthew Kredell Leading experts in the fields of public policy, business, engineering, technology and medicine converged at USC on March 30 for the Next Generation Ethics Conference, a discussion of important ethical dilemmas that society currently faces, or will face in the near future. The symposium is the first […]

Education can hold off dementia, new USC-led study finds

April 19, 2018

Two USC-led studies – which appeared on April 16 in a special, dementia-focused supplement of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences – shed new insight into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One study, led by USC Price School of Public Policy Vice Dean Julie Zissimopoulos, a researcher at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, explored how dementia would be impacted if other chronic diseases associated with increased risk of dementia were addressed; for example, if the onset of diabetes or hypertension after age 50 was reduced by half. Such a feat would extend people’s lives by a year and improve their overall health, Zissimopoulos and co-authors found. However, those improvements would come with a significant tradeoff: more people aged 65 and over would live with dementia and for a longer period of time.

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