The medical community has long seen the value of music in wellness, but our appreciation is growing because of its close link to mental and physical health.
How long will a healthy older person live? A substance in blood may provide a clue
Blood levels of a brain-derived substance in people in their 90s and 100s accurately predict how much longer they're going to live.
Neurologist: The brain is complicated, largely unknown
There's a lot we can do to improve brain health and counteract genetic factors for memory loss, Stanford neuroscientist Sharon Sha says in a podcast.
Is your brain healthy? A Stanford neurologist offers tips
Stanford neurologist Sharon Sha explains that diet, exercise, cognitive activity and sleep can all boost your brain health.
Suspicion: Why are virus-targeting immune cells sniffing around Alzheimer’s patients’ brains?
A new study has identified T cells targeting the Epstein-Barr virus in autopsied Alzheimer's brains and in cerebrospinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients.
“There is not a cure”: A podcast on Alzheimer’s and poetry
In this 1:2:1 podcast, host Paul Costello talks with Eugenia Zukerman, who is living with Alzheimer's disease and has a new book of poetry.
A mutation causing alcohol-related ‘Asian glow’ may have ties to Alzheimer’s disease
People with a mutation in an enzyme that breaks down alcohol may be at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
In the Spotlight: From concert violinist to neuroscientist
This In the Spotlight Q&A features Garam Kim, a former professional violinist pursuing a PhD in neurosciences at Stanford.
Blocking protein that impairs brain’s clean-up crew improves old mice’s smarts
Brain cells called microglia keep brains young by eliminating accumulations of protein debris. But their garbage-colllection ability fades with age.
A cell’s “self-destruct” function could yield new therapies
Scientists studying cell death are working to understand how the body protects itself from disease and use that information to form better treatments.
Connecting the dots of Alzheimer’s disease
Stanford engineer Ellen Kuhl is using computer modeling to provide insight into the progress of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
New app screens for undiagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease
With half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias going undiagnosed, researchers develop app to help in early screening
Being a neuroscientist: A conversation with veteran Stanford brain researcher Rob Malenka
In an interview in the journal Neuron, Stanford's Rob Malenka holds forth on a wide range of subjects stretching from reflections on his own career trajectory to his approach to boosting those of his trainees to the future of neuroscience itself.
Aging neural stem cells struggle to take out the trash, say Stanford researchers
Protein aggregates in young neural stem cells seem to echo those seen in neurodegenerative disease-- but could they actually be helpful? As the cells age, they become less able to process the aggregates and their ability to activate is dampened.
Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes implicated in brain’s aging process, Stanford study shows
A new study led by the late Ben Barres suggests that rogue astrocytes may be involved in memory loss in otherwise healthy older brains.
Get up and dance: A singer-songwriter explores how music can help dementia
A Stanford video highlights the impact of music on people with memory disorders.