Health & Society

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Domestic terrorists, gang members have little in common, study shows

May 18, 2017

Domestic extremists in the U.S. are older, better educated, more affluent, more religious and more likely to be white than street gang members are, according to the first comprehensive study to compare the two groups.Read more »
Sabrina Spencer

Some mother cells kick DNA damage 'down the road' to offspring

May 16, 2017

A new study shows for the first time that some human cells with DNA damage are passed to offspring cells without repairing them, essentially kicking the can down the road. The study has implications for both cancer and aging.Read more »
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What a baby hears while asleep matters more than previously thought

May 10, 2017

What an infant hears during sleep has an immediate and profound impact on his or her brain activity, potentially shaping language learning later in life, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of slumbering babies. The research could result in better options for babies with hearing impairment.Read more »
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When love hurts, a placebo can help

April 24, 2017

A new CU Boulder-led study of 40 recently brokenhearted men and women found that a placebo disguised as an emotionally soothing medicine eased their heartbreak and quieted areas of the brain related to rejection.Read more »
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In roundworms, fats tip the scales of fertility

April 20, 2017

Fat levels in a tiny soil-dwelling roundworm can tip the balance between making eggs or sperm, a discovery that could have implications for future studies into human fertility and reproductive development.Read more »
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CU Boulder chemist, biotech firm developing switch for turning genes on or off

April 18, 2017

Professor Robert Batey and biotech firm founder Alexandria Forbes are partnering to develop a genetic on/off "switch." The mechanism could someday reduce the number of injections or infusions of medication to patients, allowing less invasive treatments for serious conditions.Read more »
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Gang membership seldom originates in prison, new study suggests

March 22, 2017

A new study by CU Boulder criminologist David Pyrooz found that more juveniles leave gangs than join them while in jail or prison.Read more »
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Teens prone to drug experimentation won’t necessarily become addicted

March 16, 2017

A new study of hundreds of twins suggests that teens with poor executive function are more likely to take risks, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol, but are not more prone to addiction.Read more »
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The odds of picking a perfect NCAA bracket, explained by a mathematician

March 10, 2017

The odds of filling out a perfect NCAA men’s basketball tournament are beyond impossible, according to applied mathematics professor Mark Ablowitz.Read more »
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Lactate—long the athlete's bane—could be a key driver of cancer

March 9, 2017

Research suggests lactate, a metabolic byproduct that can interfere with sports performance, plays a role in cancer formation. And while people who regularly exercise tend to be able to clear lactate, others with a sedentary lifestyle, combined with excess sugar intake, may have a harder time.Read more »

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