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      Annual USC health discussion planned for Thursday

      A panel of experts will be discussing health disparities and blood cancers today, in an event hosted by USC.

      COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) ?? A panel of experts will be discussing health disparities and blood cancers today, in an event hosted by USC.

      The discussion is the sixth session of the annual Health Disparities Lecture Series named for U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn.

      Dr. Cristina Gasparetto from Duke Medical and Dr. Virginia Daguise of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are among the speakers. Also speaking are Thomas Goode, an advocate and multiple myeloma patient, and Dr. Ken Bridges, senior medical director for clinical science with Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

      Moderating the discussion is Vicki Kennedy, vice president of the Cancer Support Community in Washington.

      The talk begins at 6 p.m. at the medical school.

      (The AP contributed to this report)