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Dementia Spreads via Connected Brain Networks

Scientists used maps of brain connections to predict how brain atrophy would spread in individual patients with frontotemporal dementia, adding to growing evidence that the loss of brain cells associated with dementia spreads via the synaptic connections between established brain networks.

an illustration of brain synapses

Valley Fever Is On the Rise – But No One Knows How It Picks Its Victims

In 2017, Valley Fever sent some 14,000 Americans to the doctor’s office, half in California. Most show up with flu-like symptoms and fatigue, but a small number of people develop debilitating infections that spread from the lungs to other parts of the body, including the brain. UCSF researchers are trying to figure how the fungus works and what we can do to stop it.

researcher in full-body protectionholds a sample in a lab

Cooking Food Alters the Microbiome

Scientists have shown for the first time that cooking food fundamentally alters microbiomes, a finding with implications both for optimizing our microbial health and for understanding how cooking may have altered the evolution of the our microbiomes during human prehistory.  

vegetables being cooked