Health & Society

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Mother's milk changes with the seasons, influencing baby's well-being

Feb. 16, 2017

A new study has found that seasonally-influenced changes in diet and environmental stressors change the amount and kinds of sugars in a mother's breastmilk. This, in turn, impacts her baby's gut microbiota, growth rate and ability to fend off illness.Read more »
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Can't get to sleep? A wilderness weekend can help

Feb. 1, 2017

A new study by integrative physiology professor Ken Wright shows that as little as 48 hours of camping can help re-set the body's circadian rhythm, or internal clock, helping people fall asleep earlier.Read more »
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Nicotine normalizes brain deficits key to schizophrenia

Jan. 23, 2017

A new study shows that when mice with schizophrenic characteristics are administered a steady dose of nicotine their brain activity normalizes. The research could lead to non-addictive nicotine-based treatments for psychiatric disorders.Read more »
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Researcher receives prize for work on telomerase, a key driver of cancer

Jan. 12, 2017

Jens Schmidt, a postdoctoral fellow at the BioFrontiers Institute, was just awarded the Damon Runyon-Dale Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists to further his research on how regenerating protective chromosomal caps called telomeres, long believed to preserve youth, can also promote disease.Read more »
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Study linking beneficial bacteria to mental health makes top 10 list for brain research

Jan. 5, 2017

Research by integrative physiology professor Christopher Lowry found that injecting mice with a bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae fended off physical and behavioral signs of stress. Now human studies are underway.Read more »
Inigo San Milan treating a cyclist with his glycogen testing invention.

CU invention serves as muscular 'gas gauge' for Buffs in training

Dec. 28, 2016

A new ultrasound technology developed by CU researchers and used by CU Boulder football, track and field, and basketball players, enables athletes to painlessly measure how nourished or depleted their muscles are, real-time, in 15 seconds.Read more »
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Lay counselors could help fill treatment gap for global, postpartum depression

Dec. 15, 2016

New research suggests an army of trained “lay counselors” could someday provide a solution to the treatment gap for people suffering from depression, including postpartum depression.Read more »
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Study: Native advertising raises ethical concerns among journalists, ad execs

Nov. 28, 2016

Native advertisements — or paid ads that resemble editorial content in print and online publications — are increasingly common in today's digital media environment. But according to a new study, such ads may deceive consumers and threaten journalistic credibility.Read more »
Tin Tin Su

Lab’s fruit fly work yields patented cancer treatment

Nov. 28, 2016

Professor Tin Tin Su’s research, conducted with help of undergraduate students, resulted in startup company SuviCa. The company and CU Boulder recently received a patent for a promising chemical, SVC112, which helps prevent regrowth of cancer cells following radiation exposure.Read more »
Mark Borden Lab in Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

New 'microbubble' technology could save lives on battlefield, home front

Nov. 22, 2016

A new technology now under development by researchers at the University of Nebraska and CU Boulder could result in the creation of a so-called “third lung” for severely injured patients that could keep them alive until arrival at a hospital.Read more »

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