Hyena licking her cub

Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience

July 22, 2021

Having friends may not only be good for the health of your social life, but also for your actual health—if you’re a hyena, that is. Strong social connections and greater maternal care early in life can influence molecular markers and future stress response, researchers found.

Wildfire smoke

Is wildfire smoke bad for your health?

July 12, 2021

With fires blazing across Colorado, California and Oregon, much of the Western United States is awash in smoke this summer. How does the smoke impact our health? Is it OK to exercise outdoors? What can we do to protect ourselves indoors? Colleen Reid has answers.

Female sprinters lined up for race

Should marijuana still be banned from sport?

July 7, 2021

In the wake of U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's controversial pre-Olympic suspension for marijuana use, we ask cannabis researcher Angela Bryan what the science really says: Does weed really make you faster? Is it bad for you? Should it be banned from sport?

Tom Heinbockel demonstrating using a Power Breathe device

5-minute breathing workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs

June 29, 2021

Strength training for your breathing muscles? Daily High-Resistance Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training lowers blood pressure and improves vascular health as well as, or even more than, aerobic exercise or medication, new CU Boulder research shows.

Tiny American flag in ground at cemetery

US life expectancy took an alarming plunge amid pandemic

June 23, 2021

Life expectancy in the United States plunged by nearly two years in 2020, the largest decline since World War II, new CU Boulder research shows. Among some racial minorities, the decline was twice that of whites; and compared to 16 wealthy peer countries, the U.S. decline was 8.5 times worse.

Overlooking the town of Bailey, Colorado (Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

Mountain residents underestimate wildfire risk, overestimate preparedness

June 11, 2021

Hannah Brenkert-Smith has studied the role of residents' choices in wildfire risk for two decades, with one goal being to improve mitigation programs. Her most recent work near Bailey, Colorado, concludes residents often overestimate their preparation and underestimate their risk.

smoke stacks and air pollution

Air pollution exposure during pregnancy may boost babies’ obesity risk

June 10, 2021

New research shows pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollution have babies who grow unusually fast in the first months after birth, putting on excess fat that puts them at risk of obesity and related diseases later in life.

Sunrise over the Flatirons

Earlier sleep timing associated with lower depression risk

May 27, 2021

A study including data from more than 840,000 people found that going to bed and waking up an hour earlier was associated with 23% lower risk of depression.

A mural at a memorial site for George Floyd. Photo by munshots on Unsplash

One year later: How George Floyd’s death changed us

May 24, 2021

CU Boulder researchers share their expertise, examining four areas in which the U.S. has––and hasn’t––changed this past year, and what it could mean for the future of social and political movements, education, policing and justice in America.

A person looking at charts printed out

Data accessibility: Leveling the field for those with intellectual, developmental disabilities

May 21, 2021

Ensuring people have access to information and understand its implications is more important than ever. However, research led by Keke Wu finds that for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, some kinds of data visualizations are harder to interpret than others.

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