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‘Patient influencers’ are booming on social media. Is that good or bad?

April 4, 2022

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly partnering with real-life patients, who share their personal stories and advocate for brands in health-related online forums and social media posts. That intrigues and concerns advertising researcher Erin Willis, who has launched a new research agenda to take a closer look.

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Why permanent daylight saving time is a bad idea

March 28, 2022

A new bill that recently passed in the U.S. Senate would make daylight saving time permanent. But many in the scientific community are calling for the opposite approach⁠—making standard time permanent. CU Boulder sleep researcher Ken Wright explains why.

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How social media data could help predict the next COVID-19 surge

March 18, 2022

CU Boulder scientists have developed a new and more accurate way of forecasting COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations using Facebook data on how people move around and who they're friends with.

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Exposure to great outdoors reduced risk of depression, anxiety during pandemic

March 1, 2022

A new study of 1,200 Denver residents found those who spent more time in green spaces the first year of the pandemic reported less anxiety and depression. It also found that more than one-third spent more time in parks and on trails than they did pre-pandemic.

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What Super Bowl ads can teach us about ourselves: Q&A with Kelty Logan

Feb. 10, 2022

From Coke's “I'd like to teach the world to sing” in 1972 to Apple's iconic launch in 1984 to this year's raucous, carefree humor, Super Bowl ads reflect who we are as a culture—or what we'd like to be. Take a look back and forward with advertising industry veteran Kelty Logan.

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At-home COVID testing 101: A Q&A with virologist Sara Sawyer

Feb. 4, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service has been hard at work, delivering tens of millions of at-home COVID-19 tests to mailboxes across the country. With the tests’ arrival come a slew of questions. Get answers from CU Boulder virologist Sara Sawyer.

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Too many Americans are dying young. This professor is calling for action

Jan. 31, 2022

A comprehensive new report spearheaded by CU Boulder Sociology Professor Richard Rogers shows U.S. youth are far less likely to make it to their 25th birthday than their peers in wealthy nations, due largely to child poverty and a lack of social safety nets here. The authors are calling on policymakers to take "immediate and aggressive action."

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Even minor exposure to light before bedtime may disrupt a preschooler’s sleep

Jan. 25, 2022

A new study shows when preschoolers are exposed to even dim light in the hour before bedtime it can significantly lower levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, potentially disrupting sleep. The research serves as a reminder to parents to turn off electronics and dim the lights to promote healthy sleep in children.

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When it comes to managing COVID, people place party over policy

Jan. 13, 2022

A global study of 13,000 individuals found people around the world base their opinions of COVID-19 policies on who supports them, not what's in them. It suggests scientists and bipartisan coalitions, not political elites, should be the first ones to communicate pandemic plans.

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World’s fastest blade runner gets no competitive advantage from prostheses, study shows

Jan. 5, 2022

A new, long-awaited study shows amputee sprinters using running prostheses, or blades, have no clear competitive advantage at the 400-meter distance compared to sprinters with biological legs. The research puts into question sports governing body policies that limit the height of prostheses.