Aging

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The brain-protecting power of exercise

Researchers show how physical activity protects cognition by altering brain chemistry that maintains synapses, especially for the elderly.

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Scientists discover potential cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Existing drugs may offer effective prevention.

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How sexism hinders brain research

Neuroscientist Emily Jacobs will discuss the understudied topic of women’s brain health.

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Can this controversial new drug curb Alzheimer’s disease?

It’s complicated, but for some patients, there’s reason to be optimistic about aducanumab, the treatment that made waves upon receiving FDA approval this summer.

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Sleep loss in new moms linked to accelerated aging

Too little sleep in the first six months after birth can add 3 to 7 years to a woman’s ‘biological age,’ scientists report.

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Aging with vitality

New class examines how and why physical activity can work better than pills.

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To keep a sharp mind, start thinking of heart health in your 20s

Obesity, hypertension and high glucose in early adulthood may take a heavy toll on cognition late in life, UCSF-led study shows.

The goal of the UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative is to move research for potential treatments for the disorder into early proof-of-concept clinical trials.

Could gene therapy halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease? A first-in-human clinical trial will seek answers

Earlier animal studies suggest the restorative gene treatment may slow, prevent or reverse progression of the disorder.

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The 10 biggest (non-COVID!) science stories you might have missed in 2020

During any other year, these groundbreaking advances would have been big news. Here’s some of what you may have missed while you were busy washing your hands.

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Can eating mangoes reduce women’s facial wrinkles?

A pilot study shows eating mangoes — but not too many mangoes — may have promising results.

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