Health & Society

A picture of a telomere

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 Runyan-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 »
A green image of M Vaccae under the microscope

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 »
istock image of women sitting on a couch.

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 »
a man holding the bars of a prison cell

Gang members disproportionately end up in solitary confinement

Nov. 16, 2016

Members of criminal gangs are disproportionately placed in restrictive housing when they are imprisoned in the United States, says University of Colorado Boulder criminologist David Pyrooz, who advocates more rigorous research on whether widespread isolation of gang members is based on the best empirical evidence.Read more »
close-up of cluster of female cannabis plant

Federally produced cannabis for research does not reflect potency, diversity of legal markets

Nov. 14, 2016

A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the strains of cannabis available for federally-funded studies lag well behind recreational markets in both potency and diversity, potentially compromising the validity of research into the drug’s effects.Read more »
arthropods in home

Just who lives with you?

Nov. 7, 2016

A new study involving CU Boulder and North Carolina State University highlights the diversity of arthropods found in homes across the United States, a big step in improving our understanding of how bugs like spiders, cockroaches and beetles may affect human health and quality of life.Read more »

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