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Can diet trigger Alzheimer’s?

A diet high in cholesterol, fat and sugar may influence the development of Alzheimer’s in people genetically predisposed to the disease, a new USC study indicates.

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Origins of dementia

USC scientists illuminate the impact of brain plaques on Alzheimer’s. Their work is part of USC’s push to discover the origins of the devastating disease.

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Living with mental illness

A USC study suggests that peer navigators with their own recovery success stories can inspire the mentally ill to make appointments, find transportation and take care of themselves.

Gillian Hadfield
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Shaking up the system

Law professor Gillian Hadfield has an unconventional take on the U.S. legal system: a new world in which lots of people  — not just lawyers — could give reliable, affordable legal advice.