USC Eye Institute begins new research

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USC Eye Institute begins new research

first_imgThe USC Eye Institute, a division of Keck Medicine of USC, has begun a new demographic-specific study for residents in Inglewood called the African American Eye Disease Study.Eye spy · According to research from the USC Keck School of Medicine, African-Americans are at greater risk for diabetic macular edema. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn August, research by ophthalmology scientists from Keck showed that African-Americans have the highest incidence of diabetic macular edema, a disease that causes blindness in diabetic people, of any ethnic group.The institute, which has offered free eye exams in the past, is extending these services as part of its new study.The study will take place over the course of three years. The eye examinations, which are free of charge and voluntary, include an informational patient interview.“We give a very detailed eye exam, staffed all by USC. It is not only beneficial to the patients themselves, but also beneficial to the future generations to help the needs within the community,” said Dr. Mina Torres, director of research studies at the Eye Institute.The study’s primary focus is on providing quality eye examinations and research to African-Americans over the age of 40 who reside in Inglewood with the hope that this information can be helpful to African-Americans nationwide. The study is aimed at developing a further understanding of how eye disease affects this specific demographic.“[The study] allows us to learn not only the eye health of African-Americans, but also to see if this is across populations and in conjunction with what we learned from our previous studies,” Torres said.Past research spearheaded by the Eye Institute has shown that Native American ancestry increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy in Latino populations. Diabetic retinopathy refers to damaged blood vessels in the retina, and the progression of the disease can cause blindness.“There hasn’t been a study like this one before, and technology has changed, ways of treatment have changed, and we really don’t have any recent data,” Torres said. “That’s what we are looking for. The Inglewood community is very supportive of us and [has] already taken advantage of 250 eye exams since April.”The USC Eye Institute has conducted two previous studies, the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study and the Chinese America Eye Study. AFEDS is the first study of its kind in the United States to focus on African-Americans as a demographic.Diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy are treatable, and the study’s leaders hope to increase awareness and prevention among communities at risk for the diseases.“There is not enough vision screening for DME among diabetics, yet there are much better therapies available that are covered by insurance,” Dr. Rohit Varma, director of the USC Eye Institute and professor and chair of ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, said in a statement on Keck’s website. “We hope that our research will help those in the position to influence policy to get a better handle on costs and where the need for treatment is the greatest.”last_img read more

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Gallery: No. 22 Syracuse men’s basketball slips past North Florida

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USC’s fall sports teams have had their highs and lows

first_imgWomen’s volleyball — Michelle Mankoff, beat writer After it was discovered in March that longtime head coach Jovan Vavic was involved in the college admissions scandal, former assistant coaches Marko Pintaric and Casey Moon have stepped up to lead a talented roster to its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. USC was swept in the final match of the regular season, dropping to a 17-13 overall record. The Trojans were never able to string together a significant series of wins, with their longest win streak spanning just three matches. The team lost seven five-set matches during the year and won just four. The only top-tier team USC beat this season was Washington, whom they defeated twice. Ultimately, many of USC’s victories came against weaker opponents. All that said, USC has a chance to improve its mark with a deep tournament run, but the road will be tough. Still, USC lost to a poor BYU team, almost blew a 27-point lead against Arizona State and its backup quarterback, nearly lost to Colorado and got demolished by 32 points against Oregon at home.  After going 14-5 against regular season and playoff opponents, USC men’s water polo’s stellar 2019 campaign is nearly complete. The players and coaches had to overcome a great deal of adversity this year but now find themselves ranked No. 2 in the nation with an opportunity to win their second consecutive NCAA Championship this weekend. With just three wins standing between them and the 2019 National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Championship, the Trojans still have a chance to turn that A- into an A+. This season hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of USC football, but it hasn’t been quite the trainwreck many think. USC picked up a few solid wins this year, knocking off now-No. 6 Utah and dominating then-ranked Stanford by 25. It competed with then-No. 9 Notre Dame until the fourth quarter and only lost by 3 on the road, and it picked up convincing wins against Cal, Arizona and UCLA. Grade: C Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a standout during the regular season for USC, finishing sixth in the nation in completion percentage. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) A season in which USC, given all its talent, doesn’t at least win the Pac-12 South cannot earn a particularly high mark. This season has been littered with inconsistency, and USC never really seemed to find its groove against good competition. The Trojans’ 8-4 record isn’t anything worthy of excitement —  it’s above average but, for this program, underwhelming. The No. 9 USC women’s soccer team’s season came to a close with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to No. 2-ranked UNC in the NCAA quarterfinals this past Friday. The Trojans ended the season at a solid 17-5-1 and made it further into the postseason then they had the past two years. For the third season in a row, head coach Keidane McAlpine put forth an elite unit, but the team could not pull off enough big wins to separate itself from the rest of the pack. Because of this, the team gets an A- instead of an A.  Grade: A- Football — Nathan Ackerman, sports editor Grade: A- Underrecruited freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis emerged as one of the nation’s best signal-callers, senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is a Biletnikoff Award finalist, the team overcame injuries to several running backs and the defense took considerable strides forward despite subpar coaching.  Grade: B- Men’s water polo — Joe Skinner, assistant sports editor The team suffered just four defeats over the course of the regular season. These losses came against highly skilled competition in UC Santa Barbara, Pacific and Pepperdine — each of these programs rank in the top six nationally. The Trojans’ lone postseason defeat thus far came in the opening round of the MPSF tournament against Cal in Berkeley, though USC defeated the Golden Bears up north the weekend prior. The huge losses to Cal, Washington and UCLA during Pac-12 play demonstrated that USC was not quite at the same level as teams like Stanford and Virginia. Although USC could have played better in the Pac-12, McAlpine still did an impressive job leading USC to its third Elite Eight. Next year, the Trojans will return players such as sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, junior forward Tara McKeown and redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins in an attempt to improve upon this season’s effort.  Whenever a program puts itself in a position to win a national title, it deserves an A grade of one kind or another. This season’s water polo team earns an A- because USC had its share of ups and downs. That said, the downs were few and far between. The women’s volleyball team never quite reached its potential all year. Injuries plagued a group that started as the No. 14 squad in the nation. Early in the season, All-American senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier was out for a couple of weeks with a concussion. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin suffered an Achilles injury in November, which put extra pressure on Lanier to produce.  Despite her early injury, Lanier was a rare bright spot this season for the Trojans. She tallied 40 kills against Utah, the second-highest mark ever by a USC player. Lanier rose to second in the all-time kill category for USC behind only former Trojan great Sam Bricio. Women’s soccer — Harrison Cho, assistant sports editorlast_img read more

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Messi, Neymar Battle Ronaldo for FIFA Best Player Award

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbePortugal and Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be filled with anxiety this evening as the Best FIFA Football Awards hold at the world famous London Palladium. Ronaldo who loves winning personal laurels will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men’s player of the year.The former Manchester United forward has real challenge coming from the duo of Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain’s Brazilian NeymarThe ceremony is the second since the FIFA award once again split from France Football’s Ballon d’Or prize.Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real won the competition for a record-extending 12th time.Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world’s most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil.Other categories to be rewarded include; Women’s Player; Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens. Men’s Coach shortlist include; Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte, and Zinedine ZidaneWomen’s Coach nominees are; Nils Nielsen, Gerard Precheur and Sarina WiegmanGianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas, and Manuel Neuer are in the battle for the Goalkeeper award.For the Puskás award; ​Deyna Castellanos, Olivier Giroud and Oscarine Masuluke are the top three listed.The best Fan Award is a straight fight between ​Borussia Dortmund supporters and Celtic supporters.  FC Copenhagen supporters are the third shortlisted cheer members for the award.According to FIFA statement at the weekend, the host of the evening event is Golden Globe and SAG-winning actor Idris Elba, who has appeared in high-profile films such as The Mountain Between Us, Beasts of No Nation and Thor, not to mention the critically acclaimed television series Luther.A passionate Arsenal supporter, Elba counts Ian Wright, David Seaman and Thierry Henry among his all-time favourite Gunners.Joining Elba will be additional presenter Layla Anna-Lee. The London-born Brazilian television presenter and social media star was chosen by director Danny Boyle to narrate the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London 2012 to a global audience of one billion. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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