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Breast milk shown to boost baby’s brain and gut health

Dec. 13, 2023

A new study of compounds found in baby poop suggests breast milk, including milk supplemented with formula, improves infant gut health in ways that benefit brain development and could impact test scores. The findings could also be used to improve formula.

Damage in Gaza

When it comes to Israel-Hamas war videos, don’t always trust what you see

Nov. 17, 2023

People are increasingly turning to videos on TikTok, Instagram and other social media to stay up to date on the Israel-Hamas war. But media studies expert Sandra Ristovska gives her take, warning you can’t always trust what you see, and sharing without confirming can be dangerous.

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Melatonin use soars among children, with unknown risks

Nov. 13, 2023

Nearly one in five school-aged children and preteens now take melatonin for sleep, and some parents routinely give the hormone to preschoolers, according to new CU Boulder research.

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Scientists develop faster, cheaper way to count microbes, discover new antibiotics

Nov. 8, 2023

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new way of counting microorganisms that works 36 times faster than conventional methods, cuts plastic use more than 15-fold and substantially decreases the cost and carbon footprint of biomedical research. It could accelerate the discovery of new antibiotics.

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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.

Prison bars

Colorado prisons vulnerable to natural disasters but may be ill-prepared

Oct. 24, 2023

Seventy-five percent of incarceration facilities in the state are vulnerable to wildfires, extreme heat, floods or landslides, and many are ill-equipped to handle them, new research suggests.

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Post-Roe, contraception could be next

Oct. 9, 2023

During a panel at Science Writers 2023, CU researchers warned the Dobbs decision, which repealed the constitutional right to an abortion, could also limit access to birth control.

a hospital ward during the flu epidemic of 1918

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.

DNA

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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