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Cedars-Sinai

Brain Health

Eyes on the Brain

Philanthropic support led to a breakthrough in detecting Alzheimer’s disease early: a simple, noninvasive eye exam to detect Alzheimer’s disease up to two decades before it becomes symptomatic.

You Must Remember This

A Cedars-Sinai study illuminates how the human brain forms new recollections—providing insights into potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

Do I Look Fat in these Genes?

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai are recreating brain neurons to study obesity and personalize treatment.

Cancer in the Air

While air pollution has long been linked to disease, a recent Cedars-Sinai study reveals how nickel particles and other airborne matter influence genetics in a potentially damaging way.

Filed to Memory

New Study Aims to Reveal Secrets of Brain Circuitry and Decision-Making Illustration: Neil Webb To unlock secrets of one of the mind’s most mysterious and important functions—how memories are forged and recalled— Cedars-Sinai investigators are sketching a dynamic picture of Read On

On Top of Their Game

Parkinson’s disease notoriously robs the body of its ability to move. Some patients can no longer walk, and many feel ‘frozen’ in their bodies. The five men and women portrayed in these pages slowed the excruciating creep of the disease in the most challenging way possible: They decided to move more — and with more determination — than ever before.

The Boxer: Vince Hendrickson

Like Clark Kent removing his glasses, Vince Hendrickson just makes one small wardrobe change to summon hidden strength. Twice a week, he pulls on bright-red boxing gloves to push through Parkinson’s symptoms and complete demanding workouts at a Los Angeles boxing gym. He hammers the punching bag with such tenacity that his coach calls him “Bulldog.”

Baby’s First Map

The infant brain is famously pliable, an organ of explosive growth and unparalleled adaptability. But this period of rapid development comes with a large dose of vulnerability.