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Seniors who can identify smells like roses, turpentine, paint-thinner and lemons, and have retained their senses of hearing, vision and touch, may have half the risk of developing dementia as their peers with marked sensory decline, according to a new UCSF study.
Older men who have a weak or irregular circadian rhythm guiding their daily cycles of rest and activity are more likely to later develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study by scientists at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences who analyzed 11 years of data for nearly 3,000 independently living older men.
In a new study in mice, UCSF researchers investigated what enables neurons in the visual system to respond to context when a stimulus is not available. They found that feedback from higher-order visual centers in the brain has much more influence over our fundamental visual processing than scientists had ever realized.
UC San Francisco researchers have finally identified the cellular circuit responsible for conveying stress signals from inside mitochondria to the integrated stress response, a discovery that may have important implications for treating the many debilitating diseases associated with mitochondrial stress.