Research and Discovery

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Drugs to Stop Nearsightedness May Soon Come into Focus

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have identified 900 genes linked to nearsightedness that could be targeted stop the progression of myopia.

Health, Medicine and Wellness

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Columbia’s HEALing Communities Launches Study to Tackle Opioid Crisis in New York State

The major study initiative, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to reduce fatalities by 40 percent in three years.


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Drops in Income May Not Only Hurt the Wallet, They May Harm the Brain

A new study finds unsteady income in young adulthood linked to thinking problems in middle age.

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Your Couch Could Be Making Your Cat Sick

New research from the School of Public Health finds that cats exposed to flame retardants found in sofas may be at risk for feline hyperthyroidism, a disease seen in one in 10 middle-aged and older animals.

Neuroscience and Psychology

Columbia Scientists Reverse Core Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Mice

Findings reveal potential new strategy for treating people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

New 3D Microscope Illuminates Biology at the Speed of Life

SCAPE 2.0 can reveal previously unseen details of living creatures critical to advancing science and medicine.

Scientists Identify Brain Region That Enables Young Songbirds to Change Their Tune

Columbia study demonstrates unmatched flexibility of the growing brain; offers insight into children’s remarkable ability to learn language

Earth, Climate and Environmental Science

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Newark’s Lead-Water Crisis Is a National Problem

As the city takes steps to overhaul its water supply network, government and industry must follow suit.


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Hurricane Sandy May Have Worsened Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens

An Earth Institute study found evidence of land speculation in some of the neighborhoods hardest hit hardest by the storm.

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Economists Are Downplaying Major Climate Risks

A new report warns that top-level policymakers have been receiving assessments of future climate-change impacts that largely omit some of the biggest physical risks.

Science, Technology and Engineering

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Neurons that Map Memories Identified in the Human Brain

Researches find memory-trace neurons in the entorhinal cortex, one of the first brain regions affected by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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An Unlikely Match: Bacteria + Immunotherapy

When it comes to having a successful research collaboration, human chemistry is equally as important as the science itself.

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Columbia Receives $2M in Federal Push to Advance Quantum Research

Team's project to stabilize atomic excitation could drive new applications and devices.

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