How cannabis may ease ‘chemo brain’ and improve sleep for cancer patients

April 27, 2023

A new study led by Angela Bryan, a CU Boulder professor and cancer survivor, is among the first to assess how cannabis bought over the counter at dispensaries—rather than government-supplied or synthetic varieties—impacts cancer symptoms or chemotherapy side effects.

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‘Obstetric racism’ prevalent in US, fueling rise in questionable labor inductions

April 26, 2023

The study of 46 million births across nearly three decades is among the first to provide population-level statistical evidence of “obstetric racism,” a term coined recently to describe a concerning pattern of maltreatment of non-white pregnant women, including a disregard for their birthing wishes.

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Study shows personal disinfection device safe for use in public spaces

April 19, 2023

Imagine carrying a UV device in your backpack and pulling it out to disinfect your bus seat or restaurant table. A new CU Boulder study shows that using a technology called Far UV-C kills almost 100% of pathogens within a few seconds, without risk to human bystanders.

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Researchers identify promising new target for drug-resistant breast and ovarian cancers

April 12, 2023

By inhibiting a protein that helps cancer cells repair themselves, scientists hope to develop new drugs that treat resistant tumors with fewer side effects.

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New laser-based breathalyzer sniffs out COVID, other diseases in real-time

April 10, 2023

A new “digital nose” created with Nobel Prize-winning CU technology can provide COVID-19 test results in less than one hour with excellent accuracy. It could ultimately be used for on-the-go virus testing, diagnosis of cancer and lung diseases and more.

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Amid youth mental health crisis, CU Boulder center teaches grown-ups how to help

March 27, 2023

About two-thirds of Colorado educators say they have considered leaving the field in the past year, due in part to increased challenges stemming from the ongoing youth mental health crisis. Enter the Center for Resilience and Well-Being, CU Boulder's new center focused on educating teachers, therapists and parents to support young people while first tending to their own wellbeing.


How ‘patient influencers’ may be misleading patients on prescription drugs

March 13, 2023

A new study sheds light on the growing phenomenon of “patient influencers,” confirming they work closely with pharmaceutical companies and routinely provide advice about drugs to followers.

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Study: High crime raises diabetes risk

March 10, 2023

Young adults living in high-crime areas have an increased genetic risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to a recently published study. A key takeaway is that genes are not an irrefutable crystal ball predicting people’s health future. The environment plays a significant role as well.

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3 years in: What we’ve learned about COVID

March 6, 2023

Three years after the first cases of COVID-19 emerged, scientists have a far better understanding of how it spreads, how to prevent infection and minimize symptoms, and what needs to be done to prevent the next pandemic.

Microscope view of many small worms swimming in a well of liquid

New ‘gym-on-a-chip’ for worms may lead to new Parkinson’s treatments

Feb. 28, 2023

The Acoustic Gym, designed by a team of biologists and engineers at CU Boulder, is about the size of a quarter and uses sound waves to generate small whirlpools—the perfect place for tiny worms to get in their laps.