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Why Antioxidants Don't Belong in Your Workout — Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise. The supplements are thought to alleviate muscle damage and amplify the effects of exercise. But recent studies have raised questions about whether antioxidants might be counterproductive for runners and other endurance athletes.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Vegetable Tarts, Big and Small — A vegetable tart is a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving meal, offering vegetarian guests a hearty main course and tempting the turkey-eaters as a pleasing side dish. For Well's annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving, readers came up with two tasty tart options. One is a bite-size appetizer tart that will wow your crowd.

A Warning on Nutmeg — In these early days of the holiday season, as cooks begin sifting through recipes rich in spice and sugar, consider this small warning from toxicologists: Measure your nutmeg carefully. Very carefully. Of all the well-loved seasonal spices, nutmeg stands out for its long and slightly twisted history.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: A Quinoa Stuffing — Thanksgiving stuffing is a favorite tradition, but if it's stuffed in the bird or made with meat-stock, it's off limits to vegetarian and vegan diners. Amber St. Peter of Long Beach, Calif., offers this fresh take on a traditional holiday stuffing that's suitable for everyone at the table, including those who want to eat gluten-free.

Yogurt May Lower Diabetes Risk — Regular consumption of yogurt may help lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found. Researchers followed almost 200,000 men and women ages 25 to 75 for as long as 30 years, tracking their health with periodic interviews and their diets with detailed food questionnaires.

Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder — Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are accustomed to disappointment. The cause of the disorder remains unknown; it can be difficult to diagnose, and treatment options are few. Research suggesting that an infection from a mouse virus may cause it raised hopes among patients a few years ago, but the evidence fell apart under closer scrutiny.

Ask Well: Can Athletes Be Vegans? — A A dietitian specializing in sports nutrition can provide advice about whether someone like your son can safely switch to a vegan, plant-based diet, and the best way to do that. You can find the names of registered sports dietitians at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Pomegranate Salad — The traditions of Thanksgiving are part of what makes it a favorite holiday. But sometimes it's also about starting new traditions. Sadhna Sheli, a reader from Los Angeles, is a vegetarian, but her husband's family members from Israel are meat lovers. When her in-laws came to visit, she didn't know how her new family would react.

PCOS: An Infertility Issue That Is Little Understood — Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood. Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility. But not all of these women have polycystic ovaries, a fact that can result in misdiagnosis.

Low Vitamin D Tied to Higher Death Risk — Many observational studies suggest that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk for disease, but it is not clear if low vitamin D is a cause or an effect of poor health. Now a new study, using a technique called Mendelian randomization, provides persuasive evidence that low serum vitamin D itself increases the risk of death.
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Nov 26, 2014

RT @cslnyt: Soon you'll know the calories in takeout, movie popcorn & even restaurant beer - thx to FDA @stavernise

Nov 26, 2014

RT @deborahblum: The poison writer in the holidays! My latest for @nytimes: A Warning on Nutmeg via @nytimeswell

Nov 25, 2014

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Vegetable Tarts, Big and Small

Nov 25, 2014

Do you have a question for Ask Well? Any inquiry about under-eye circles is currently a leading contender.

Nov 25, 2014

Evidence that serious physiological dysfunctions are at the root of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Nov 25, 2014

Even beer will get calorie counts at chains across the country starting soon.

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