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CU researchers rethink mental illness

Nov. 11, 2022

In the dream clinic of the future, patients struggling with mental illness might—in addition to sharing their feelings with a therapist—have their brains scanned to pinpoint regions that may be misfiring.

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With school shootings at record high, new grant aims to curb violence in Colorado schools

Nov. 7, 2022

School shootings have already reached a record high in 2022, with 40 so far killing 34 people and injuring 88. With a new $2 million grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence seeks to help 40 Colorado schools tackle the social and cultural roots of violence.

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A decade after legalizing cannabis in Colorado, here’s what we’ve learned

Nov. 4, 2022

Ten years ago this week, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, making the state among the first in the nation to legalize the use and possession of recreational cannabis. Research since has revealed its risks and health benefits and shed light on how the burgeoning industry can improve.

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Drafting can save minutes of marathoners' times, make official sub-2 possible

Oct. 6, 2022

A first-of-its kind CU Boulder study shows that even middle-of-the-pack marathoners can shave three to five minutes off their time via drafting. It could also help world champion Eliud Kipchoge achieve the Holy Grail of running: finishing a sub-2-hour marathon at an officially sanctioned race.

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Another monkey virus could be poised for spillover to humans, new study shows

Sept. 29, 2022

Arteriviruses, which are already common in African monkeys and known to cause fatal outbreaks, appear to have learned how to access human cells, replicate and evade human immune systems—a warning sign these could become next in a long line of viruses to jump from nonhuman primates to people, new laboratory research shows.

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Youth in child welfare system lack access to birth control

Sept. 19, 2022

Only about one-third of eighth and ninth graders involved with the child welfare system in Colorado have received information on birth control, and fewer than half know how to access it, according to new research.

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Should you delete your period-tracking apps? A look at data privacy post-Roe

Sept. 8, 2022

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, some fear law enforcement agencies or private citizens could use data from apps, Google searches or social media posts as evidence of a crime in places where abortion is illegal. Colorado Law data privacy expert Margot Kaminski offers her take.

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How a human rights approach to climate change can spark real change

Sept. 7, 2022

Sheila Watt-Cloutier made a bold move and helped kick-start what many describe as a sea change in how the international community thinks about climate change.

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How pollution changes a baby’s gut, and why it matters

Sept. 1, 2022

A first-of-its kind study by CU Boulder researchers finds that exposure to air pollution in infancy impacts a child's developing gut microbiome in ways that boost risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes and may influence brain development.

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Cannabis legalization boosts use by double digits, new study suggests

Aug. 25, 2022

Residents of states where cannabis has been legalized use marijuana 24% more frequently than those living in states where it remains illegal, according to new research published today in the journal Addiction.