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Antibiotic-resistant germs can thrive in the presence of these drugs. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

How to train the body’s own cells to combat antibiotic resistance

Our bodies have a set of defenses that are finely tuned for killing invading microbes. With rising cases of drug-resistant bacteria, maybe boosting our natural defenses is the best medicine.
Staying on track with exercise goals can be hard without a plan to deal with stressors that get in the way. Flamingo Images/Shutterstock.com

How to increase your chances of sticking with your resolutions

Behavior change is very hard. Try as we might to keep those New Year's resolutions, many have given up by this time. Here are some ways to keep going and stay on track, from a counseling psychologist.
Different genes drive cancer growth in males and females. Imagentle/Shutterstock.com

When it comes to brain tumors, a patient’s sex matters

Male and female tumors are different. Researchers are now hoping to exploit these sex-specific differences to treat brain cancer. This might improve survival for everyone.
Eating right is good for families. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

Many of the low-income people who do use VeggieBook after downloading it at food pantries are eating more nutritious meals, often with more focused family time at the table.
Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

To feel happier, we have to resolve to the life we evolved to live

As the new year gets underway, millions will make resolutions. The author explains why resolving to live in accordance with the way humans have evolved could go a long way to increasing happiness.
Pharmaceutical companies have traditionally been the ones to develop drugs. But for rare diseases university researchers may play a role. LeoWolfert/Shutterstock.com

Drug development is no longer just for Big Pharma. Researchers at Bio-X explain

Developing drugs is typically the domain of large pharmaceutical companies. But here is an example of drug development for a rare pediatric brain cancer that was done in a university setting.
Most people are fine with a drink, but when one becomes several, there may be a problem. Zachary Byer/Shutterstock.com

Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

Drinking among older adults is up. And while overdrinking may not pose an immediate threat of overdose, it is not healthy for seniors, many of whom take several medications and are at risk for falls.
Austin, Texas contractor Mike Hewitt, who depends on insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. A Texas judge ruled Dec. 14, 2018 that the law is unconstitutional. Eric Gay/AP Photo

Why the Texas ruling on Obamacare is on shaky legal ground

A judge in Texas ruled Dec. 14 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. His ruling has no immediate effect, however, except to signal more perils ahead for the health care law.