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

Calculating the Real Age of Your Dog — Most people think that one dog year equals seven human years. But according to WebMD, your dog's real age is not that simple: Dogs mature more quickly than children in the first couple of years. So the first year of a dog's life is equal to about 15 human years, rather than seven.

Keeping Blood Pressure Low in Those Under 50 — Higher blood pressure in young adulthood increases the risk for coronary heart disease, a new study found. Researchers followed almost 3,500 men and women for 25 years with periodic physical examinations beginning in 1985, when all were healthy and 18 to 30 years old. They calculated their cumulative exposure to high blood pressure over the years.

An Ode To Runny Eggs — This week Martha Rose Shulman celebrates a classic recipe - Egg-in-a-Hole. Ms. Shulman remembers learning the recipe at summer camp, but has since improved it a bit. Today, I'm using unsalted butter (I bet we used margarine at camp), a thick slice of really good white or whole wheat country bread and a sunflower-yellow, pastured egg.

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children — Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens.

Ask Well: Guidelines for When Food Goes Bad — A Food expiration dates are generally guidelines rather than hard-and-fast rules. Obviously, a container of milk won't sour at precisely 12:01 a.m. on the stamped date. But the dates on labels can be tricky. The Food and Drug Administration doesn't regulate expiration dates except on baby formula.

Think Like a Doctor: Limping Along Solved! — On Wednesday, we challenged Well readers to take on the case of a 2-year-old boy who stopped walking just months after he learned how. Maybe this case was too easy because one in four of you got it right - at least by my last count.

The Weekly Health Quiz: Poison Fish, Fitness Age and Guinea Pigs

Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll — Consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year, a new analysis found. To reach their conclusions, scientists pooled data from dozens of dietary surveys and large prospective studies of the effect of sugar-sweetened beverage intake on body mass index and diabetes, and of the effect of B.M.I.

Study Links Traffic Noise and Cardiovascular Disease — Constant exposure to traffic noise may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, British researchers report. Scientists used data on road traffic noise and hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease in London from 2003 to 2010, tracking all-cause and cardiovascular death rates for neighborhoods with varying noise levels.

Think Like a Doctor: Limping Along — The Challenge: A 2-year-old boy suddenly stops walking. Can you figure out why? Every month, the Diagnosis column of The New York Times Magazine asks Well readers to sift through a difficult medical case and solve a diagnostic riddle. In this case, a young mother takes her son to the emergency room because the child has simply stopped walking.
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