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A recent study found that people 65 years and older who live alone were more likely to report that their health was very good or excellent compared with people who live with others. Researchers believe people tend to stop living by themselves when they encounter health problems, according to Kaiser Health News. However, people over 65-years-old living alone were more likely to report psychological distress than those living with others.

Over the next 5 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services will invest $250 million to fund research that will fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The initiative, Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X), will provide funding to small laboratories and companies that are working to develop drugs and devices to fight these superbugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The AMR Centre and the Wellcome Trust from Britain are both expected to contribute funds to this initiative.

Researchers recently started to analyze the effect that cosmic radiation has on the health of astronauts, specifically dealing with the heart. This study comes after 3 astronauts died due to a heart attack or complications after cardiovascular surgery, even though the men did not have cardiovascular problems prior to space travel, according to The Washington Post. In the study, researchers exposed mice to radiation and weightlessness that mimicked space, and they found that while the effect of weightlessness wore off, the effects from radiation did not.