Progress in The Battle Against Superbugs?

Infections stemming from one of the most troublesome and least understood “superbugs” are increasing at alarming rates, particularly in health-care settings, a new study says.

But researchers from Washington University, in St. Louis, say it may be possible to rein in the spread of such infections without needing to develop new antibiotics. So-called “superbugs” are antibiotic-resistant.

The findings were published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition.

Ulcerative Colitis: Surgery May Be Better than Drugs

Patients over 50 who have ulcerative colitis live longer if they undergo surgery rather than taking drugs, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The finding was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

What Is Obesity? Metabolic Signatures Offer New Comprehensive View

By NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

As obesity has risen in the United States and all around the world, so too have many other obesity-related health conditions: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease. But how exactly do those extra pounds lead to such widespread trouble, and how might we go about developing better ways to prevent or alleviate this very serious health threat?

7 Ways to Keep Stress—and Blood Pressure—Down

When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often overlooked strategy is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on edge, try these seven strategies from the experts at Harvard Medical School to reduce stress.

How Money Wise Are You?

Women control half of the wealth in the United States, yet studies have shown that many of them are convinced they are lacking when it comes to understanding finances. Too often, in their eyes they aren’t capable of making prudent investment decisions. But that’s simply not true, says Cynthia Fick, author of the book “The Sisterhood of Money: The Art of Creating Wealth from Your Heart” (


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