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Judges deny abortion care to teens

Jan. 16, 2020

Thirty-seven states, including Colorado, require minors to notify their parents or go before a judge before having an abortion. A new 18-year-study conducted in Texas shows judges deny their request up to 13% of the time, and the judicial-bypass process is humiliating and traumatizing for some teens.

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Beach-combing Neanderthals dived for shells

Jan. 15, 2020

Just like modern-day humans, Neanderthals may have seen the appeal in a little sand and surf, according to a new study.

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Photos, videos could help experts diagnose children with autism

Jan. 14, 2020

CU Boulder-developed tools provide a way of preparing children with autism spectrum disorder to get their hearing tested—saving time and a whole lot of stress.

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Concussions common among college students, but not due to sports

Dec. 19, 2019

One in 75 undergraduate college students sustain a concussion each calendar year, and two-thirds of them occur off the playing field, according to a new three-year study of CU Boulder students.

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Stressed? Try rewarding yourself for eating fruits and veggies

Dec. 17, 2019

CU research finds that cash can help stressed out people eat more fruits and vegetables.

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Unboxing videos fueling kids’ tantrums, breeding consumerism

Dec. 3, 2019

Seventy-eight percent of children, ages 4 to 10, watch unboxing videos online—videos of people opening toys. The more they watch, the more likely they are to make purchase demands on parents and throw tantrums when they don't get what they want.

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Sleep, but not too much, to boost your heart health

Dec. 3, 2019

A new study is like the Goldilocks fable for sleep: “Just right” means at least six hours a night—but not more than nine—to minimize heart attack risk.

Assyrian artifacts

Climate may have helped crumble one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations

Nov. 18, 2019

New research suggests it was climate-related drought that built the foundation for the collapse of one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world—the Assyrian Empire, whose heartland was based in today’s northern Iraq.

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Editor’s choice podcast remix: Our best on politics, concussions and impeachment

Nov. 13, 2019

We’re going on a break. On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we take a look back at interviews we’ve done on politics, concussions and impeachment. We plan to be back early next year with fresh, big ideas!

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Want to know your mental health status? There’s an app for that

Nov. 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new mobile app that categorizes mental health status based on speech patterns. Ultimately, it could be used as an adjunct for in-person therapy or to help monitor patients from afar.