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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.Read more »

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.Read more »
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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.Read more »
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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.Read more »
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MRI modeling shows how pain is all in the brain

Feb. 14, 2017

CU Boulder researchers have developed a functional MRI-based model that identifies brain activity patterns involved in varied pain experiences.Read more »
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Can't get to sleep? A wilderness weekend can help

Feb. 1, 2017

A new study by integrative physiology professor Ken Wright shows that as little as 48 hours of camping can help re-set the body's circadian rhythm, or internal clock, helping people fall asleep earlier.Read more »
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Legacy media giants give way to new and partisan outlets in agenda-setting

Jan. 26, 2017

While no one media type controls the broader news agenda, partisan media now has the strongest influence, followed by emerging non-partisan media outlets – like BuzzFeed and Gawker – over longtime traditional outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.Read more »
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Nicotine normalizes brain deficits key to schizophrenia

Jan. 23, 2017

A new study shows that when mice with schizophrenic characteristics are administered a steady dose of nicotine their brain activity normalizes. The research could lead to non-addictive nicotine-based treatments for psychiatric disorders.Read more »
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New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates

Jan. 18, 2017

Researchers have discovered that a protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV.Read more »
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Researcher receives prize for work on telomerase, a key driver of cancer

Jan. 12, 2017

Jens Schmidt, a postdoctoral fellow at the BioFrontiers Institute, was just awarded the Damon Runyon-Dale Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists to further his research on how regenerating protective chromosomal caps called telomeres, long believed to preserve youth, can also promote disease.Read more »