Frances McDormand at UCSF

Frances McDormand headlines performance that sparks dialogue on sudden death

Thousands of years after its first performance, Sophocles’ ‘Ajax’ remains a source of catharsis, the UCSF community finds.

UCLA bottle open

Paralyzed hands move again

A nonsurgical technique allows six patients to turn doorknobs, open water bottles for the first time in years.

Doctor with clipboard

Why it's so hard for doctors to understand your pain

Genetic makeup changes how we experience pain, making it difficult to figure out what each patient needs.

UCSF football concussions

Football scuffles, auto injuries may raise risk for Parkinson’s

A shocking new study shows concussion is linked to a 56 percent increase in neurological disease.

Marshmallow UCSF

Overeating? It may be a brain glitch

New approaches seek to switch off the brain patterns that drive overeating. Here's how they could help you.

Rebecca Braslau UC Santa Cruz magazine

A safer, better plastic

Aging plastic leaches harmful chemicals. Rebecca Braslau has made it her life's work to create a safer alternative. 

Junk DNA UC San Diego

How ‘junk’ DNA plays a role in cancer

Nearly 200 mutations have been identified that play a functional role in cancer, opening new avenues for treatment.

UC Merced Fabian V. Filipp

Sure, cancer mutates, but it has other ways to resist treatment

New research exposes how cancer can resist treatment — and how scientists can improve their response.

Pop-up institutes help medical research advance quickly, cheaply

If restaurants and retail can test new concepts with minimal investment, why not medicine?

UC Berkeley sleeping student

Poor grades are tied to mismatched class times, study says

Being a night owl is not an “excuse” — how we learn is affected by our biological rhythms.

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