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June 01, 2017

Advocating for a Loved One

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are times in life, like a health crisis, when a loved one needs you to be their eyes, ears and voice. Though you may be feeling anguish over his or her illness, a patient's pain, fear or even the effects of medication can keep them from being their own advocate.

Loneliness May Lead to Sleepless Nights

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness may rob you of your sleep, British researchers report.

Health Tip: Identifying Nail Fungus

(HealthDay News) -- A fungal nail infection may not always hurt, but it can trigger unsightly discolored nails that itch, along with surrounding toes or fingers.

Health Tip: Grill a Healthier Meal

(HealthDay News) -- Summer is grilling season -- time to leave the kitchen and to fire up the barbecue.

Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist?

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many barriers can keep people from psychotherapy, such as cost or the availability of a qualified health provider.

Compression Tights Won't Trim Running Times

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're an avid runner and you think compression tights might shave a few seconds off your time, a new study begs to differ.

Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests.

New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newly minted teen drivers in the United States have almost triple the risk of being involved in a deadly crash than adults, a new study finds.

MS-Related Brain Changes May Affect Social Skills

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Subtle brain changes may explain why some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose their ability to interpret clues about what other people are thinking and feeling, a new study suggests.

Hand Washing Works Whether the Water's Hot or Cold

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You don't need to scald your hands to get rid of germs. For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, new research states.

Elite High Schools Breed Higher Risk of Addiction: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Privilege doesn't necessarily offer protection from drug addiction, new research suggests.

New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill that contains three powerful antiviral drugs might offer a cure for many hepatitis C patients who have failed other treatments, researchers report.

Zika's Set to Return to Mainland U.S., But Budget Cuts Threaten Response

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday.

Health Highlights: June 1, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Disfiguring 'Fish Scale' Disease

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have discovered another gene mutation behind certain cases of ichthyosis -- a group of rare disorders that cause dry scales to form on the skin.

Wild 'Death Cap' Mushroom Seriously Sickens 14 in California

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A bumper crop of deadly wild "death cap" mushrooms in northern California is likely to blame for the poisonings of 14 people in December, health officials say.

'Making the Best of It': Families Face the Heavy Burden of Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For Marilyn and Tom Oestreicher, their golden years were within reach.

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