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.

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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.

researchers using an MRI scanner

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.

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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.

A computer monitor, smart phone and newspapers.

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.