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HealthDay News - June 20, 2017

Breaking Bad (Eating Habits)

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breaking bad eating habits and starting good ones is one of the healthiest steps you can take.

FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with diabetes use glucose meters and test strips to monitor their blood sugar, but affording those supplies can be a challenge.

Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Dry?

(HealthDay News) -- Few things are more uncomfortable than dry, itchy skin. So, what's behind it?

Health Tip: Make a Bright, Healthy Plate

(HealthDay News) -- Eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables helps ensure that you're getting a healthy variety of nutrients.

Severe Headaches Plague Vets With Traumatic Brain Injuries

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds.

Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic health problems seem to have a higher risk of suicide, a new study suggests.

Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors who had chemotherapy may have certain types of thinking and memory problems as young adults, a small study suggests.

Americans Want to Be Fit, But Most Don't Put in the Effort

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans want to be in better shape, but few are putting in the work to get there, a new survey shows.

Vaccine Curbs High Cholesterol in Mice

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Someday, could controlling your cholesterol be as simple as a getting a vaccination?

Could Certain Hair Dyes, Relaxers Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women.

Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: June 20, 2017

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

Cocaine, Other Drugs Detected in Carrie Fisher's System After Her Death

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Autopsy results reveal that a cocktail of illicit drugs was in actress Carrie Fisher's system after her death on Dec. 27, but it remains unclear what role they may have played in her death.

Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People on cholesterol-lowering statins may have a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Group Urges Tougher Limits on Chemical in Shampoos, Cosmetics

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims.

When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations?

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancers, researchers have better defined at what age those gene flaws are most likely to cause trouble.

Zika-Bearing Mosquitoes More Widespread in U.S. Than Expected

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The latest buzz from federal health officials is that mosquitoes that can spread Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are in more counties in the southern United States than previously thought.