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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Get to Know the Pap Test
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
FITNESS
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Drink Away Dementia?
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
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Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some

SUNDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- Spider and varicose veins in women can be caused by a number of factors, including hormone fluctuations, wearing high-heeled shoes, age, heat, obesity and type of occupation, says the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

In 2005, U.S. dermasurgeons (doctors who specialize in skin and vein-related conditions) performed almost 300,000 vein-related procedures, of which 86 percent involved female patients, according to the ASDS.

"Due to some predisposed conditions, varicose and spider veins may be inevitable for some people. However, there are many preventative measures and medical techniques available to diminish the appearance and pain associated with these vein conditions," Dr. Robert Weiss, president-elect of the ASDS, said in a news release from the society.

He offered the following advice:

* Listen to your body. Varicose and spider veins tend to be a cosmetic concern, but they can lead to problems such as fatigue, night cramps, leg swelling and itching around certain veins. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a dermasurgeon.
* Keep active. Moving your legs boosts blood circulation, which reduces pressure and blood pooling.
* Maintain a healthy weight to reduce/prevent excess pressure on your legs that can cause veins to surface.
* Wear compression stockings to elevate pressure to the veins. Avoid restrictive clothing that can restrict circulation in the waist, legs and groin area and lead to spider and varicose veins.
* Don't stand or sit for long periods of time. This can place pressure on veins. Changing position every 30 minutes will help blood flow and keep veins healthy. Flex your calf muscles frequently while sitting at your desk or on long car trips. This will help promote blood circulation in your legs.
* Don't subject your legs to excessive heat. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub increases vein swelling and leads to blood pooling.
* If you do develop spider or varicose veins, speak to a dermasurgeon about which treatment option is the best for you.

More information

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more about spider and varicose veins.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, news release, June 20, 2008

Last Updated: July 20, 2008

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