Cadmium, found in cigarettes and some foods, linked to higher death rates in people with flu or pneumonia
New study suggests high levels of the toxic heavy metal could also worsen outcomes for people with COVID-19 By Laura LeBlanc Since the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have been trying to determine what distinguishes people at higher risk for poor outcomes. Now new research finds that cadmium, a contaminant found in cigarettes […]
Sabrina Smiley grew up in Selma, Alabama, fully aware of its importance in the civil rights struggle in this country. “I feel like my passion for health equity and social justice stems from me being from Selma,” she said of the city where, in 1965, black voting-rights activists led by John Lewis and Hosea Williams marched […]
Adam Leventhal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and psychology and director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science and Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory (HEAL), has been appointed to the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Leventhal’s term began May 15 and continues through Jan. 31, 2024. According to the FDA, the committee advises the commissioner on tobacco-regulation […]
Adam Leventhal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, received the American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Determination Award Oct. 18 in Beverly Hills for his novel research of the causes, consequences, treatment and prevention of tobacco use and other cancer-causing behaviors.
Government officials honored USC faculty Aug. 18 at Los Angeles City Hall for their public health work in tobacco control, prevention and research that formed the scientific foundation for local policies. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell commended Distinguished Professor Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, Flora L. Thornton Chair of the […]
Adam Leventhal, PhD, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will lead a grant-funded effort to maximize smoking cessation resources at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Leventhal has been awarded more than $8 million in grants as principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. In January, […]
The United States Surgeon General on Dec. 8 released a new report calling e-cigarettes “a major public health concern.” “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General” is the first comprehensive review on this public health challenge from the nation’s highest public-health authority. The report provides insights into youth e-cigarette use, which […]