A drought-parched landscape

Waning attention to climate change amid pandemic could have lasting effects

Aug. 4, 2020

Attention to climate change has rapidly declined in recent months. That's concerning, say study authors who found that simply directing one's attention to an environmental risk—even briefly and involuntarily—makes people more concerned and willing to take action.

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New COVID-19 test returns results in 45 minutes, without nasal swab

July 22, 2020

Researchers from the BioFrontiers Institute at CU Boulder have developed a saliva-based COVID-19 test capable of returning results in as little as 45 minutes—no nasal swabs or fancy laboratory equipment required. It could potentially be used for mass, inexpensive screening in community settings like schools and factories.

Cells under a microscope

How does a stem cell know what to become? Study shows RNA plays key role

July 7, 2020

If each human cell has the same blueprint, or set of genes, why does an eye cell look and act differently than a brain cell or skin cell? New research moves science one step closer to solving this mystery, potentially leading to new treatments for cancer, heart abnormalities and more.

Pregnant belly

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

July 2, 2020

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it as a remedy for morning sickness. But new research shows such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children's sleep for as much as a decade.

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What makes arteries age? Study explores new link to gut bacteria, diet

June 29, 2020

Eat a slab of steak and your resident gut bacteria get to work immediately to break it down. But new research shows that a metabolic byproduct, called TMAO, produced in the process can be toxic to the lining of arteries, making them age faster.

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Who shares the most fake news? New study sheds light

June 17, 2020

Extremely conservative Facebook users are responsible for sharing the bulk of fake news, but extreme liberals are responsible for a good chunk of it, too, according to a new study. Those who lack trust in the media, and in society in general, are also more likely to share it.

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One silver lining: Sleep improving under stay-at-home orders

June 11, 2020

Students are sleeping about a half-hour more each night and keeping more regular sleep hours. That's positive news, said study authors, as sleep is key to maintaining overall health, including a robust immune system that can fight off viruses.

The mobile pharmacology lab

Marijuana concentrates sharply spike THC levels but don’t necessarily get users higher

June 10, 2020

Smoking high-potency marijuana concentrates boosts blood levels of THC more than twice as much as smoking conventional weed, but it doesn’t necessarily get you higher, according to a new study. The research also found that memory and balance are impaired immediately after using cannabis, but those impairments subside in an hour.

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Early childhood intervention programs may reap benefits across generations

June 8, 2020

Youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency and support healthy development can reap lasting benefits not only for participants, but also for their kids.

A pregnant woman with a flower in her hand

Prenatal exposure to ‘good bacteria’ prevents autism-like syndrome

May 27, 2020

Inoculating mothers with a beneficial microbe during pregnancy prevents an autism-like disorder in their offspring, according to a new study. The paper suggests that exposure to good bacteria during pregnancy may positively impact brain development.