Duke University, University of Virginina basketball players Jan. 2012

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.

Image of swimmers standing in water.

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.

Boston marathon runners.

Break the two-hour marathon record? It could be done

March 3, 2017

Using mathematical calculations, a new study bears the recipe for how marathoners could break the world record among males, shaving about four and a half minutes off the fastest time.

NIST/JILA biophysicist Tom Perkins, also a CU Boulder faculty member, used this atomic force microscope to measure protein folding in more detail than ever before.

Unwinding the mysteries of protein folding

March 2, 2017

CU Boulder and JILA researcher Tom Perkins has spent the last seven years trying to understand how and why proteins fold and unfold.

Co-working space shows people sitting at their desks.

If 'sitting is the new smoking,' can desk workers snuff out risk?

March 1, 2017

A CU Boulder research team has found marked health benefits from electric-assist commuter bikes and "passive-cycling." Now the team is studying an under-the-desk cycle that shows similar promise.

An illustration of the arterial system in the human body.

Gut microbes and poor artery health – researchers probe possible link

March 1, 2017

Preliminary evidence shows changes in gut microbiota could contribute to poor artery health with aging. This condition is worsened by eating a "Western diet" high in fat and sugars and low in fiber. With a $3 million grant, CU Boulder researchers are investigating further.

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Late bedtimes, light at night could turn your kid into a 'night owl'

Feb. 27, 2017

CU Boulder scientists have found that 4- and 5-year-olds who go to bed later and are exposed to brighter nighttime light experience delays in their biological clock, which could lead to night-owl schedules and associated health problems.


Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer stress

Feb. 23, 2017

A new study with implications for human health found that prebiotics – dietary fibers found in foods like chicory, artichokes, raw garlic and onions – improved sleep and buffered stress.

A bottle of pills

Common drugs similar to ibuprofen could help treat sepsis, study suggests

Feb. 23, 2017

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like aspirin and ibuprofen have been found to inhibit enzymes that play a key role in causing sepsis, according to a new study by BioFrontiers researcher Hubert YIn. He's now exploring ways to repurpose the drugs to treat the deadly condition which impacts more than 1 million people annually.

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Mother's milk changes with the seasons, influencing baby's well-being

Feb. 16, 2017

A new study has found that seasonally-influenced changes in diet and environmental stressors change the amount and kinds of sugars in a mother's breastmilk. This, in turn, impacts her baby's gut microbiota, growth rate and ability to fend off illness.