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Election 2012

Stories in Health Care

On the Ballot: Marijuana, Gay Marriage

September 14, 2012

“The presidential election gets most of the attention, but it’s going to be a very interesting year at state level, with voters potentially passing a host of far-reaching new laws,” says John Matsusaka of USC’s Initiative & Referendum Institute. Pot legalization is a hot topic this year, as are same-sex marriage, health care, tax increases and public employee unions.

California for Obama, Despite Gas Prices

March 26, 2012

The USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll finds President Obama’s job performance rating at its highest among California voters since 2010.

Courting the Female Voter

March 16, 2012

Women are the coveted demographic of the moment. Republican candidates have been getting attention — both positive and negative — with their stances on birth control and abortion. Obama is launching a big push to attract women voters. How important will women be this November, and how swingable is their vote?

High-Tech Doctor’s Bag

December 10, 2010

From Wii games to smart phone blood sugar monitors, technology is poised
to change health care, getting patients more involved.

Language & Health Care

December 10, 2010

A study finds that foreign-born Latinos view the quality of their health care treatment more positively when their doctors speak the same language.

Hospital Perks and the Patient Experience

December 10, 2010

With offerings like hotel-style room service, massage therapy and magnificent views, hospitals are increasingly touting their luxury services in a bid to gain market share. How important is the patient experience? Should our health care system pay for these amenities? New research addresses the pampered patient.

November Initiatives

October 15, 2010

Next month’s ballot measures focus on everything but the economy, according
to USC’s Initiative
and Referendum Institute.

Recession’s Unseen Toll

September 17, 2010

Unemployment can have mental health consequences that linger decades after a layoff, says Robert Gore, outlining successful ways to cope.

Aiding Memory

September 17, 2010

A new study finds
that, contrary to conventional belief, memorization works best when the brain repeats the same patterns each time.

Climate Policy & Jobs

August 20, 2010

New federal green-
house gas policies could not only keep energy costs down, but create up to 2.5 million jobs, per a roadmap by USC’s Adam Rose.

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