Health Tip: Help Prevent Varicose Veins

(HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins are painful, swollen veins that usually affect the legs. While you may not be able to keep them from forming, you can take steps to prevent them from worsening.

Health Tip: Protect Young Ones From Suffocation

(HealthDay News) -- Babies and toddlers are at higher risk for suffocation while they're sleeping. Parents can help keep their infants safe by following these guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Iodine Supplements May Be Too Much of a Good Thing

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Taking high doses of iodine and kelp supplements can be hazardous to your health, warns the American Thyroid Association.

Will New Gout Findings Get a Toehold?

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- The big toe is not the biggest culprit in gout flare-ups, contrary to popular belief, a new study reports.

Grueling X-Country Ski Race May Affect Heart Rhythm

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Participants in one of the world's most grueling cross-country ski races are at increased risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), according to a new study.

Soda Size Limits Could Aid Fight Against Obesity, Experts Say

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Restricting the sale of large sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and other food-service outlets would affect 7.5 percent of Americans each day and have the greatest impact on overweight people, according to a new study.

Short Strolls After Meals May Lower Diabetes Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults at risk for getting diabetes who took a 15-minute walk after every meal improved their blood sugar levels, a new study shows.

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Changes in Fetal Movement: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnant woman's exposure to environmental contaminants affects her unborn baby's heart rate and movement, a new study says.

Standard Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy as Good as Costlier Newcomer: Study

TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Newer, costlier treatment for rheumatoid arthritis appears no better than an older, less-expensive regimen for people who don't respond to the first-line drug methotrexate, a new study suggests.

Even 'Hands-Free' Devices Unsafe While Driving: Report

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers who think hands-free devices for talking or texting are safer than handheld cellphones are mistaken, a new report suggests.

Health Highlights: June 12, 2013

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

Scientists Find New Clues to Early Onset Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- People with genetic mutations that lead to inherited, early onset Alzheimer's disease overproduce a longer, stickier form of amyloid beta, the protein fragment that clumps into plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, a small new study has found.