Health Tip: Ready, Set, Ski!

(HealthDay News) -- Before you tackle the snowy slopes, make sure you're fit enough to ski safely.

Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Gathering

(HealthDay News) -- When spending time at holiday get-togethers, make sure your visits are healthy for the entire family.

Fiber-Rich Foods May Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting the amount of fiber in your diet may lower your risk for heart disease, a new study finds.

Some Hip-Replacement Parts Not Proven Safe or Effective: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence to support the safety or effectiveness of nearly 8 percent of all components used in hip-replacement surgeries in England and Wales, a new study finds.

Early Elective Childbirth May Raise Health Risks for Babies, Moms: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who choose to have an early delivery put themselves and their babies at increased risk for complications, researchers warn.

1 in 6 Fathers Doesn't Live With His Kids: CDC

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives.

Walk More to Cut Heart Attack and Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Walking more is a simple way for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes to greatly reduce their risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

French Revolution Leader May Have Had Immune-System Disorder

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A leader of the French Revolution might have suffered from a rare immune system disorder in which the body starts to attack its own tissues and organs.

Simple Steps Could Keep People With Dementia at Home Longer: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans with dementia who live at home have numerous health, safety and supportive care needs that aren't being met, a new study shows.

Deadlines Approach for Health Insurance Enrollment

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Attention last-minute shoppers: If you intend to buy a health plan through one of the new health insurance exchanges, and you want coverage starting Jan. 1, you must act quickly.

Health Highlights: Dec. 20, 2013

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

FDA Introduces New Food Defense Rule

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new rule to protect the nation's food supply from terrorism has been introduced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced Friday.

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty

FRIDAY, Dec. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers whose individual health insurance policies have been cancelled for failing to meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act may now apply for a "hardship exemption," Obama administration officials announced late Thursday.