Writer for @KeckMedUSC. @USC grad student. Former staff writer for @ocregister, @DailyBreezeNews. Committed surfer. Opinions are mine.

Is the (virtual) doctor in?

news.usc.edu — Virtual reality, wearable technology, artificial intelligence - the dawn of the technological revolution in health care is here. Some of the latest medical innovations were highlighted Oct. 9 at the ninth USC Body Computing Conference, a daylong summit focusing on the bridges between medicine and technology.

Two-year grant to fund prostate cancer imaging research

news.usc.edu — A Keck Medicine of USC researcher has been awarded grant funding to further his research into the detection and treatment of prostate cancer, which is among the most common types of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men.

Anthology of student work reflects Hippocratic Oath

news.usc.edu — Personal oaths interpreting the original Hippocratic Oath have been crafted by current and former USC students over the past seven years. A representative sample of these oaths has been compiled in a new book published by University of California Medical Humanities Press.

Santa Barbara by rail: Travel from L.A. for unique dining, exploring by foot

dailynews.com — Framed to the west by the cobalt blue Pacific and to the east by the green chaparral-covered Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara has been luring travelers from near and far for five centuries. First it was Portuguese explorers and Spanish missionaries.
Jul 06, 2015

I wrote a #travel story for @ladailynews about riding @Amtrak up the SoCal coast to Santa Barbara. Check it out: dailynews.com/lifestyle/2015…

Giving life in the face of terminal disease

news.usc.edu — It's a story that began with a conversation on a treadmill, led to an operating room and ended with the gift of life. For veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies Javier Tiscareno and Jorge Castro, it's a story of friendship, extraordinary generosity and perseverance in the face of terminal disease.
Jun 17, 2015

My story about two LA County Sheriff's deputies and a life-saving living donor transplant at @KeckMedUSC: news.usc.edu/82829/giving-l… @USC

UV light from robots disinfects hospital rooms

news.usc.edu — It sounds like something straight out of science fiction: Robots zap the danger surrounding them. But for Keck Medical Center of USC, the new devices are powerful tools in the fight against the spread of disease and infection.
Mar 02, 2015

UV light from @XenexDisinfect used to fight against spread of disease and infection in hospital rooms. My story: news.usc.edu/76635/uv-light…

New law will help fund the crack down on 'scam' charities

ocregister.com — A piece of legislation by a local lawmaker aimed at cracking down on scam charities is set to become law. Sponsored by Assembleyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), the bill targets scam charities and will go into effect Jan. 1.

Police: Bicyclist struck by Jeep in Fountain Valley dies from injuries

ocregister.com — A bicyclist died after being struck in Fountain Valley on Saturday morning by a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, authorities said. Vinh Tran, 36, died on Monday, two days after he was struck by a Jeep travelling southbound on Brookhurst Street near Heil Avenue, police said.
Dec 29, 2014

Police: Bicyclist struck by suspected DUI motorist in #FountainValley dies from injuries. My story: ocregister.com/articles/struc… #westminster

Those aren't pens, and they're watching you

ocregister.com — The ballpoint pens in shirt pockets of Orange Coast College security officers aren't writing tools at all - they're cameras, and they're watching students. The small, discreet, cameras record audio and video and were quietly issued in November to the 20 non-sworn officers on the Costa Mesa college's security force.
Dec 29, 2014

Security officers at an OC college were recently issued body cameras. Are they operating legally? My story: ocregister.com/articles/camer…

Dec 29, 2014

RT @douglasmorino: Security officers at OC college were issued body cameras. Are they operating legally? My story: ocregister.com/articles/camer…

2.5 magnitude earthquake rumbles below O.C. near Midway City

ocregister.com — A small earthquake hit central Orange County on Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The magnitude 2.5 temblor struck about 1 mile south-southwest of Midway City around 11:33 a.m. The quake was about 6.1 miles deep, according to the USGS. No injuries or damages have been reported.
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