Follow Tara Parker-Pope as she sifts through medical research to help readers live well every day. Also find Tara on Twitter @taraparkerpope

The Truth About the Spinning Dancer — A popular e-mail going around features a spinning dancer that has been touted as a test of whether you are right-brained and creative or left-brained and logical. If you see the dancer spinning clockwise, the story goes, you are using more of your right brain, and if you see it moving counterclockwise, you are more of a left-brained person.

Ask Well: Are Fatty Liver and Sleep Apnea Related? — A Fatty liver disease, or the buildup of fat in the liver, and sleep apnea, marked by snoring and interruptions of breathing at night, share some things in common. The two conditions frequently strike people who are overweight or obese. Each afflicts tens of millions of Americans, and often the diseases go undiagnosed.

Making Old Vegetables New Again — Last weekend it was time to reach into my vegetable crisper, pull out the lingering produce and use things up. I try not to buy more than what I need for recipe testing, but sometimes my imagination gets ahead of me and I soon find myself with a pile-up of vegetables that never made it into a recipe.

Deciding On a Parent's Death — The phone call came when these types of calls tend to come - late on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a brutal Cleveland winter. I picked up the handset as I glanced outside my office windows at the accelerating snowfall, wondering whether I should leave work early.

Well Book Club: Do Kids Need Cellphones? — We all know children want their cellphones. But do they need them? As parents, we must make decisions every day about paying for things kids want and paying for things kids need, writes Ron Lieber, author of "The Opposite of Spoiled," a new book about teaching children about money.

What Sound Annoys You? — Popcorn munching? Gum chewing? Knuckle cracking? What sounds grate the most on your nerves? This week, the medical historian Barron H. Lerner wrote about his own struggle with misophonia, a condition in which certain sounds cause great distress and, in some cases, drive a person into a burst of rage or disgust.

A.D.H.D. Diagnosis Linked to Increased Risk of Dying Young — People with a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder are at higher risk of dying young than those without the disorder, usually in automobile crashes and other accidents, suggests research reported on Wednesday, from the largest study of A.D.H.D. and mortality to date.

Bariatric Surgery May Improve Pregnancy Outcomes for Obese Women, Study Suggests — Weight-loss surgery may help obese women have safer pregnancies and deliver healthier babies, compared with women who do not undergo surgery, according to a major new study. While the study found some risks for women who had surgery, including more babies born too small and a greater likelihood of stillbirths, experts said that overall the results were better.

Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs? — Can a high-fat diet also be a high-performance diet? Most people who exercise or compete in endurance sports would probably answer no. For decades, recreational and competitive athletes have stoutly believed that we should - even must - consume a diet rich in carbohydrates to fuel exertion.

Marcus Samuelsson’s Quinoa with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Toasted Coconut — Ingredients Toast coconut in a small, dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden. Set aside. Rinse quinoa well in a fine-mesh sieve, then drain. Combine quinoa, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over high heat.
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Feb 28, 2015

Love your dishwasher? You may be increasing your child's risk of allergies.

Feb 28, 2015

Does the sound of popcorn munching drive you nuts? You may have a condition called misophonia.

Feb 28, 2015

Is a high-carb or high-fat diet better for athletes?

Feb 27, 2015

Join our discussion on teenagers and the cost of personal technology, on The Well Book Club.

Feb 27, 2015

Don't worry about whether the dress is blue or gold. Is this dancer spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise?

Feb 27, 2015

Popcorn munching, jaw cracking, nose sniffling - do these sounds drive you nuts? You may have this condition.

Feb 27, 2015

Athletes: Do you prefer a high-fat or high-carb diet? @GretchenReynold reports which may be better.

Feb 27, 2015

“Will he make it through this?” she asked: Deciding on a patient's death.

Feb 27, 2015

You'll be surprised at what this 82 year-old widow misses most about her husband.

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