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“What would it feel like if someone else were to come into your head?” An epilepsy patient posed this question when asked to describe their mental state before a seizure during a recent study on dissociative states.

When you want to learn something new, the first order of business is practice. After putting in some effort, you can hopefully keep doing what you learned — whether it’s parallel parking or standing backflips — on the next day, and the next.

Originally published in Synapse on April 17, 2003. An international team of investigators, including UCSF’s Joseph DeRisi and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, have identified a novel coronavirus as the probable cause of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
How much does it cost to make an ear?

Max Feinstein, a fourth-year medical student, has been spearheading a project at UCSF to make prosthetic ears at a fraction of the typical cost.

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper on May 11, 1978. Immortality, Mankind’s oldest dream, that of conquering death itself to secure a place in the eternity of time.

Editor's note: Presenting Iva Petrovchich's winning entry in the 2018 Synapse Storytelling Contest's science writing category. Category judge, San Francisco Chronicle science writer Erin Allday, says, "Public Cervix Announcement had a f

Victoria Turner is the third place winner in the Synapse Storytelling Contest science writing category. Category judge, SF Chronicle science writer Erin Allday, said “Eye Contact Can Be Overwhelming was also a fascinating topic.

Can scientific achievements become so advanced that we lose sight of our own humanity?

Physician advocacy on global climate change may be the greatest public health intervention of our lifetime, Dr. Sheri Weiser said at the April 2 event “Confronting the Link Between Climate Change, Migration, and Human Health.”

Augmented reality (AR) is a powerful application that allows physicians to visualize and interact with patient data. By definition, augmented reality is a real-time interactive experience of the real-world environment using computer-generated perceptual information. The information can be overlaid by adding to or masking from the real-world environment.