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As Currie Hall opens, students get first glimpse of new home — Currie Hall, the newly constructed student residence hall on the Health Sciences Campus, welcomed its first student residents on July 30. The hall, made of 178 residential units with 456 beds, features a fitness center, swimming pool, barbecues and an "academic success center" with computers, printers and two study rooms. Currie Hall also will feature nine units specifically for Keck Medical Center of USC patients and family members staying on campus for more than a week.

USC Eye Institute location open near University Park Campus — A new location of the USC Eye Institute is now open near the University Park Campus, offering faculty, staff and their dependents, as well as USC students, a convenient location for their eye care and optical needs. The office, at 3335 S. Figueroa St.

Is the (virtual) doctor in? — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

Giving life in the face of terminal disease — 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.

UV light from robots disinfects hospital rooms — 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.

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