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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Pregnant Rural Women More at Risk
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Sleep and Do Better
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
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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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