A pregnant woman with a flower in her hand

Prenatal exposure to ‘good bacteria’ prevents autism-like syndrome

May 27, 2020

Inoculating mothers with a beneficial microbe during pregnancy prevents an autism-like disorder in their offspring, according to a new study. The paper suggests that exposure to good bacteria during pregnancy may positively impact brain development.

A prosthetic hand with fingertip sensors installed.

Now closer to reality: Prosthetics that can feel

May 21, 2020

Jacob Segil is working to bring back the sense of touch for amputees, including veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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$11 million, 7-year NIH grant to help unravel mysteries of the teen brain

May 20, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded CU Boulder $11 million to continue a study measuring how drugs, screens, concussions and more impact development, offering insight into why teenagers do the things they do.

voles and their babies

We’re hard-wired for longing, new study suggests

May 11, 2020

A new brain imaging study of prairie voles—which are among only about 5% of mammalian species besides humans who are monogamous—found that when it comes to forming bonds, longing may be as important as being together. The study also sheds light on why it's so hard to social distance, and could lead to new therapies for conditions like autism and depression.

Graduate student Marina Nieto Caballero and visiting virology scholar Eddie Fuques Villalba, preparing to assess the infection potential of murine Coronavirus in CU Boulder SEEL-based environmental engineering laboratory.

Environmental engineering researchers study airborne coronavirus disinfection

May 8, 2020

Professor Mark Hernandez’s team will be testing how well common air disinfectants—including the “foggers” that spray peroxides, chlorine derivatives and surfactants—work against viruses closely related to COVID-19.

Mosquito biting a person.

Scientists develop tool to improve disease model accuracy

May 5, 2020

What can researchers do when their mathematical models of the spread of infectious diseases don’t match real-world data?

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Affordable Care Act lived up to promise of buffering bankruptcy risk, study shows

April 30, 2020

A decade after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, more people are fully insured, fewer are uninsured and people who lose their insurance intermittently are no longer at greater risk of bankruptcy, according to a new CU Boulder study.

A researcher works in the lab to develop SickStick.

Scientists developing COVID-19 test that knows you’re sick before you do

April 10, 2020

Imagine a test that could tell you if you were infected with COVID-19 before you had a single symptom. SickStick may offer that chance.

A hospital during the flu pandemic of 1918

6 lessons we can learn from past pandemics

April 8, 2020

CU Boulder history Professors Elizabeth Fenn and Susan Kent share insights from their study of disease outbreaks through the ages.

Series of smartphones with screens reading "Facebook."

Mathematician using Facebook data in the fight against COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Daniel Larremore tracks human diseases through the lens of mathematics. Now, he's joined a national effort to use social media data to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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