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Low Vitamin D Tied to Asthma Attacks — Raising vitamin D levels may help control flare-ups in people with asthma. Israeli researchers studied 308,000 people whose vitamin D blood levels had been recorded. They found no association of low vitamin D with an initial diagnosis of asthma.

The Workout: Running While Pregnant — When Paula Radcliffe won the New York City Marathon in 2007, the fact that she pulled it off less than a year after giving birth was considered something of an anomaly. But a recent article in The Times, "For Pregnant Marathoners, Two Endurance Tests," underscores how, for some athletes, juggling pregnancy with a training routine is becoming the norm.

A Heart Risk in Drinking Water — Ana Navas-Acien can't quite recall the moment when she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease. Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh. And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile.

Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes — Despite my best efforts, I remain bewildered about the surgical mishap I suffered in 2008. It was a debulking operation - the removal of all organs affected by a cancer that originated in my ovaries. The procedure was undertaken by the proper specialist, a gynecologic oncologist, but as I recounted in my memoir, the surgery did not go well for me.

Pronouncing the Patient Dead — One recent night I was asked to declare the death of a woman I had never met. "Ms. L. passed," the nurse said. "Could you pronounce her?" The online medical record told me that she was 32 years old, one year younger than me.

Is 10,000 Hours All I Need to Run a Faster Marathon? — I'm a runner. Not a professional runner, but one whose dedication to the sport means that I am training for a marathon, putting in 10 hours a week toward what has become an unpaid part-time job. I should be good at this by now.

Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Affect Screening Rates — When scientists tested people for a genetic mutation that increases the risk for colon cancer, they thought that telling people of their increased risk would encourage them to get the recommended screening. They were wrong. Researchers studied 783 people older than 50, the age when screening is recommended for everyone, who were not getting it at the start of the study.

Ask Well: Is the Ebola Epidemic Ending in Africa? — Q: Is the Ebola epidemic ending in Africa? A: No one knows exactly what is going on in West Africa. Several medical groups, like Doctors Without Borders, are reporting that they suddenly have far more beds than patients.

Sports Gels Can Improve Marathon Times, but Pace Them Right — Many runners in Sunday's New York City Marathon may be overlooking a simple way to improve their finishing time, according to a new study of marathon nutrition. The study finds that consuming the right number of sports gels at the right moments during the race could help average runners achieve better-than-average results.

Ask Well: Can You Get Ebola From a Toilet Seat? — A In general, the disease risk of toilet seats is overrated, but you probably can get Ebola from a toilet seat. The risk is not so much the seat itself as the whole bathroom. But not just any bathroom. The risk would come from a bathroom that an Ebola victim in an infectious phase has recently used.
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Oct 30, 2014

Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes

Oct 30, 2014

RT @mashable: 29-yr-old cancer patient Brittany Maynard won't end her life this weekend. Wow. This girl. No words.

Oct 30, 2014

Bentley's quarantine should end Nov. 1 -dog of Nina Pham, the nurse who survived Ebola.

Oct 30, 2014

Asking my NYTimesWell followers to follow me @taraparkerpope also. C'mon over and tweet health, food, volleyball baseball and also dogs etc

Oct 30, 2014

Is 10,000 Hours All I Need to Run a Faster Marathon?

Oct 29, 2014

RT @taraparkerpope: Talk to me about the Dukan Diet...Pro or Con? Consider that I'm 24 hours into no carbs and suffering. :(

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