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How a dirty litter box could slow you down as you age

Nov. 6, 2023

Some people infected with the common, cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii are more likely to be frail as they get older, new research shows.

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Your brain remembers what your fingers used to do

Nov. 3, 2023

New CU Boulder research demonstrates that, with practice, older adults can regain manual dexterity that may have seemed lost.

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Social media is a lot like junk food. Here’s how to make healthy choices

Nov. 1, 2023

In the wake of a historic lawsuit filed against the social media giant Meta by more than 30 states, the ATLAS Institute’s Annie Margaret shares her take on how apps like Facebook and Instagram are affecting the mental health of young people. It’s not too late, she says, for people of all ages to build a healthier relationship with their smartphones.

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1918 flu pandemic myth debunked by skeletal remains

Oct. 9, 2023

A study of century-old bones from an Ohio museum reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the deadly influenza pandemic, like COVID, hit the frail the hardest.

Financial planning.

Lack of financial planning tied to increased risk of death

Sept. 28, 2023

People who fail to plan for their financial futures have a greater mortality risk, according to a new study. Get Assistant Professor Joe Gladstone’s take.


How silencing a gene-silencer could lead to new cancer drugs

Sept. 25, 2023

New CU Boulder research reveals how a molecular machine known as PRC2 helps determine which cells become heart cells, versus brain or muscle or skin cells. The findings shed light on how development occurs and could pave the way for novel cancer treatments.

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A reliable cannabis breathalyzer? Possible, but not easy

Sept. 11, 2023

CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are teaming up to help adapt a 90-year-old system for detecting alcohol for a new age of cannabis legalization. A new study suggests it won’t be easy.

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It’s official: Gardening is good for your health

Sept. 8, 2023

The first-ever, randomized, controlled trial of community gardening found that those who started it ate more fiber and got more physical activity—known ways to reduce risk of cancer and chronic disease—and were also less stressed and anxious. Watch the video.


Genetic ‘freeloaders’ may play key role in immune system

Sept. 7, 2023

CU Boulder researcher Edward Chuong recently received an international award for his lab’s work studying transposons in the human genome.

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News flash: Opposites don't actually attract

Aug. 31, 2023

A new, sweeping CU Boulder analysis suggests birds of a feather are indeed more likely to flock together, confirming what individual studies have hinted at for decades.