University of California, San Francisco

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a 'double-prion disorder,' study shows

Two proteins central to the pathology of Alzheimer's disease act as prions—misshapen proteins that spread through tissue like an infection by forcing normal proteins to adopt the same misfolded shape—according to new ...

Neuroscience

To boldly go or anxiously hang back?

UC San Francisco research has identified a particular group of nerve cells in the brain that play an important role in anxiety's influence over behavior. The researchers have found that turning off signaling from this small ...

Neuroscience

Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings

A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UC San Francisco neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract—an anatomically detailed computer ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Living transplant donors need long-term monitoring, too

While organ transplant recipients receive continual care as the end-stage treatment to their condition, attention also should be given to living donors, who can suffer from hypertension, diabetes and other disorders after ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

Ancient practices like tai chi and yoga have long focused on breathing as a way to control the body's energies, and in recent years, they've been touted as antidotes to the stress of modern life. But can simply inhaling and ...

Neuroscience

Had enough water? Brain's thirst centers make a gut check

Water bottles are everywhere these days, along with all kinds of advice about exactly how much water you should be drinking. But how does your brain actually know when you've had enough and can stop feeling thirsty? A new ...

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