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Cancer Patients Lonely and Depressed During COVID-19 Pandemic

Loneliness and social isolation have been significant problems for the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for cancer patients these issues were particularly acute, likely due to isolation and social distancing, according to a new UCSF study.

Healthy Sleep May Rely on Long-Overlooked Brain Cells

Researchers at UCSF have confirmed that a different, long under-studied type of brain cell – astrocytes, named for their star-like shape – can influence how long and how deeply animals sleep.

microscopic image of Astrocyte

Key Decision Point for Brain Development Identified

In a new study, UCSF and Stanford researchers have identified a central switch that appears to control when neural progenitor cells stop multiplying and start differentiating into mature neurons.

Microcopic image of mouse brain with cells colored in red, yellow, green, and blue