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Ask Well: Do Mosquitoes Spread Ebola?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — A No. Africa has plenty of mosquitoes, and plenty of diseases spread by mosquitoes, but Ebola is not one of them. To understand why mosquitoes are not carriers of Ebola, it is important to understand how mosquitoes bite. Only female mosquitoes bite, and they do not fly from person to person, biting one after another.

Ask Well: Do Mosquitos Spread Ebola?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — A No. Africa has plenty of mosquitoes, and plenty of diseases spread by mosquitoes, but Ebola is not one of them. To understand why mosquitoes are not carriers of Ebola, it is important to understand how mosquitoes bite. Only female mosquitoes bite, and they do not fly from person to person, biting one after another.

Mistakes in Treating Childhood Fractures

well.blogs.nytimes.com — Childhood fractures are common, especially among boys. Even so, the injuries are rarely treated correctly in emergency rooms, new research shows. The most frequent problem is the splint - the combination of fabric wrap and rigid material used to stabilize a broken bone.

When Doctors and Nurses Work Together

well.blogs.nytimes.com — Not long ago, I heard a respected senior colleague recount to a group of medical students and trainees the story of a patient who had died under his care some 15 years earlier. Afterward, he had spent hours talking with the family, trying, he said, "to be as kind to them as I possibly could."

Ask Well: Can Pets Get Ebola?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — A Ebola is primarily an animal disease. Its natural reservoir is probably fruit bats, which can live with the virus without getting ill. Gorillas, chimpanzees and humans all die rapidly after getting infected. Ebola is found in some hunted African animals, including forest antelopes and rodents.

What's Your Fitness Age?

well.blogs.nytimes.com — You already know your chronological age, but do you know your fitness age? A new study of fitness and lifespan suggests that a person's so-called fitness age - determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance - is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age.

The Great Pumpkin Recipes

cooking.nytimes.com — The Great Pumpkin Recipesis a group of recipes curated by New York Times editors.

Vulnerability to Fructose Varies, Health Study Finds

well.blogs.nytimes.com — Fructose, a sugar widely consumed in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, may promote obesity and diabetes by overstimulating a hormone that helps to regulate fat accumulation, researchers reported on Monday. The study, carried out at Harvard Medical School, marks the first time that scientists have identified a hormone that rises sharply and consistently in response to eating fructose.

Epidurals May Be Given Early or Late in Labor

well.blogs.nytimes.com — Whether a woman has an epidural - an injection of a local anesthetic into the spine - early or late in labor makes no difference in birth outcome, a large review of studies has found. Researchers pooled data from nine randomized trials of late and early epidurals in 15,752 first-time mothers.

Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Tied to Lipid Levels

well.blogs.nytimes.com — Abnormal lipid levels are associated with an increased risk for recurrence of prostate cancer, researchers report. There is no evidence for an association of lipid levels with prostate cancer, but there is some mixed evidence for their link to aggressive cancers and to the recurrence of cancer.
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Oct 20, 2014

For Children With Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care nyti.ms/1nxdiTA

Oct 20, 2014

Worried about your teen drinking or eating right? Maybe refocus that concern on when he or she goes to bed. nyti.ms/1tF66aJ

Oct 17, 2014

RT @cslnyt: Quality of words, not quantity, is key to language skills nyti.ms/1yIE1jW @DQuenqua

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