A hospital during the flu pandemic of 1918

6 lessons we can learn from past pandemics

April 8, 2020

CU Boulder history Professors Elizabeth Fenn and Susan Kent share insights from their study of disease outbreaks through the ages.

Lori Peek

COVID-19: A ‘transformative’ moment for social science

April 2, 2020

CU Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center has launched a global registry and is sharing grant opportunities to support social science research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teen marijuana use boosts risk of adult insomnia

March 31, 2020

A new study of more than 1,800 adult twins found that individuals who started using cannabis regularly before age 18 were more likely to suffer insomnia and sleep fewer than six hours per night as adults.

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In politics and pandemics, Russian trolls use fear, anger to drive clicks

March 25, 2020

A new CU Boulder study shows that Facebook ads developed and shared by Russian trolls around the 2016 election were clicked on nine times more than typical social media ads. The authors say the trolls are likely at it again, as the 2020 election approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

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Autism rates declining among wealthy whites, escalating among poor

March 19, 2020

Wealthy, white California counties—once considered the nation’s hotbeds for autism spectrum disorder—have seen prevalence flatten or fall in the last two decades, while rates among poor whites and minorities keep ticking up, according to new research.

Pollution spewing from a factory

Can the brown cloud make you gain weight?

March 11, 2020

Air pollution—particularly ozone—alters our collection of gut microorganisms in ways that may boost our risk of obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and other disorders, according to new research.

Blood pressure exam.

Forever young: Pill might slow aging

March 9, 2020

Eating less may help the body age more slowly. Rather than promote starvation, CU researchers are testing a nutritional supplement that mimics the same effects of caloric restriction.

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Better sleep? Prebiotics could help

March 3, 2020

Dietary compounds called prebiotics, which are found in fibrous foods such as artichokes, onions, leeks and some whole grains, improve sleep and boost stress resilience, according to a new study published this week.

Blake Leeper sprinting

Height limits for ‘blade runners’ baseless, new study suggests

Feb. 20, 2020

The governing body for the Paralympics recently lowered the allowable height for sprinters who use prosthetic legs, or blades, during competition. The rules are based on the assumption that the taller you are the faster you run, but a new study has found otherwise.

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How social media makes breakups that much worse

Feb. 13, 2020

A new CU Boulder study documents how features such as News Feed, Memories, and shared groups and photos can bring painful reminders of exes into our lives even after we've taken measures to hide them on Facebook.