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USC Leonard Davis Researchers Explore New Approaches for Body and Brain Health

Biofeedback, “exercise in a pill” and stress exposure are among the potential therapies to boost physical and mental fitness as we age.
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Can breathing exercises reduce Alzheimer’s risk?

New study provides evidence that a simple biofeedback practice reduces levels of Alzheimer’s-associated amyloid beta peptides.
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In Memoriam: George Raymond Shannon, MSG, PhD

Shannon became a gerontology educator and researcher at age 64 following an acting career that spanned 30 years.
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How old is your brain, really? Artificial intelligence knows

AI-powered analysis developed at USC accurately reflects risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease based on brain age.
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New study challenges previous ideas regarding Alzheimer’s disease

Increase in amyloid beta protein in the brain, often thought to be directly involved in Alzheimer’s pathology, may instead be a general change that occurs with age even in healthy brains, says senior author Caleb Finch.
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