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June 07, 2013

What to Do When Lightning Strikes

FRIDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine you're a coach with a dugout full of Little Leaguers, and a storm strikes. You hear thunder. Many parents dropped off their kids and aren't there, and the school next to the field is locked. How do you get the kids to safety?

Lightning Survivor Describes Her Ordeal

FRIDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Susanne LaRiviere was working on a movie set in Malaysia when she and a friend decided to spend a long holiday weekend on the island of Pangkor Laut in a type of local resort called "sea villas."

Health Tip: Get Your Child to the Eye Doctor

(HealthDay News) -- Children should have an eye exam sometime before their sixth birthday, even if there are no unusual symptoms.

Health Tip: Prepare for a Camping Trip

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for your next camping trip should include focusing on what to pack. This bit of preparation should lead to a less stressful, more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Doctors Should Steer Conversation to Older Drivers: Study

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the number of elderly drivers on U.S. roads is accelerating rapidly, researchers say.

Even Mild Weight Loss May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Teens

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teens don't need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study.

FDA Panel Votes to Change Tight Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- An expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted narrowly Thursday to recommend changing tough safety restrictions on the diabetes drug Avandia, which was all but banned nearly two years ago because of reported links to heart problems.

For Alzheimer's Caregivers, a Much-Needed Break

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Day care centers for people with Alzheimer's disease can give their spouses and other family caregivers a much needed source of stress relief, a new study suggests.

Women Better at Remembering Faces, Study Finds

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women are better at remembering faces than men, according to a new study, partly because they spend more time studying facial features without being aware of it.

Poor Sleep May Worsen Heart Woes in Women, Study Finds

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep appears to contribute to the progression of heart disease in women by raising their inflammation levels, but this effect was not seen in men, researchers say.

Sleepy Men Might See Sexual Come-Ons Where None Exist

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- You may have heard of "beer goggles" -- a sly way of describing how people seem to become less picky about potential sex partners when they've had a few drinks. Now, a new study suggests something similar happens to men when they're sleepy: They're slightly more likely to interpret signals from women as sexual come-ons.

Gene-Based Blood Test Might Help Spot Colon Cancer

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in South Korea say they've developed a blood test that spots genetic changes that signal the presence of colon cancer.

Consistent Bedtime Helps People Stick With Sleep Apnea Treatment

FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking with a regular bedtime helps people with sleep apnea stay with their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: June 7, 2013

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