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Ancient viruses fuel modern-day cancers

July 17, 2024

Tens of millions of years ago, ancient viruses infected our primate ancestors, leaving flecks of DNA that made their way into the human genome. A new study suggests these “endogenous retroviruses” may not be as harmless as once believed.

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Think you might have COVID? Wait 2 days to test

June 24, 2024

A new 鶹ѰBoulder study offers insight on how to make a new generation of rapid tests for COVID-19, influenza, RSV and more work best.

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How a high-fat diet could make you anxious

June 13, 2024

New 鶹ѰBoulder research shows when animals are fed a diet high in saturated fat for nine weeks, their gut bacteria change in ways that influence brain chemicals and fuel anxiety. The study adds to a growing body of research that suggests ditching junk food can boost mental health.

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Racial bias and discrimination among women of color can impact their baby’s biological clock

June 11, 2024

Children born to women who experienced more racial bias and discrimination tend to have a slower epigenetic clock, potentially impacting development, according to a new study led by researchers at 鶹ѰBoulder and 鶹ѰAnschutz Medical Campus.

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It could cure the incurable, revolutionize vaccines and immortalize cells: RNA explained

June 10, 2024

In “The Catalyst: RNA and the Quest to Unlock Life’s Deepest Secrets,” Nobel Laureate Tom Cech explores how DNA’s long-overlooked sibling could revolutionize medicine.

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Honors student produces prize-winning research on loneliness

June 6, 2024

In her honors thesis, recent graduate Amber Duffy describes how loneliness influences a person’s ability to respond to stress.

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The light or the content? What we know about screens and sleep disruption

May 28, 2024

There’s a lot of research out there on screen time and sleep—read the consensus from 16 leading sleep experts, who have just published an exhaustive scientific review.

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If you have a mind to drink less, mindfulness can help

May 20, 2024

In a new 鶹Ѱstudy, researchers found body scanning and something called urge surfing appear to help people cut down how much alcohol they drink.

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Social distancing plus vaccines prevented 800,000 COVID deaths, but at great cost

May 9, 2024

Things like lockdowns, school closures and masking worked surprisingly well to contain infections long enough for a vaccine to be developed, new research shows. But with better planning, the authors say, the U.S. could manage future pandemics with less economic pain.

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National Cancer Research Month: 7 鶹ѰBoulder discoveries that could improve, save lives

May 8, 2024

From developing new therapies to help patients cope with anxiety to discovering new ways to treat resistant breast cancer and new environmentally friendly methods for producing chemotherapy drugs, 鶹ѰBoulder researchers are pushing boundaries in cancer research.