• Consumer Health Tips: Varicose veins

a medical illustration of a leg with normal veins and one with varicose veinsVaricose veins: Symptoms and causes
Varicose veins can be annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable — but manageable with self-care measures. Sometimes, though, their symptoms can signal serious medical problems that warrant a health care professional's attention. Do you know the causes of varicose veins and when you need to seek medical care?


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Healthy bones for a lifetime
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Kids and swimming safety
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