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Ask Well: Ebola Testing for All New Arrivals? — Q. Why isn't everyone who arrives from West Africa immediately tested for Ebola? Why don't we look at their blood under a microscope? A. Unlike malaria and other diseases caused by worms, eggs and parasites, diseases like Ebola are caused by viruses, which are far too small to be seen under a conventional microscope.

Ask Well: Can Ebola Be Transmitted in Semen? — Q. Can Ebola be transmitted through semen? Could a man infect a woman through sex before he overtly falls ill? In particular, could Dr. Craig Spencer, who spent several days with his fiancée after his return from Africa and before his infection was detected on Oct. 23, have infected her through sexual contact?

The Advanced 7-Minute Workout — Ever since the magazine published the Scientific 7-Minute Workout in May last year, readers have been writing and tweeting their requests for an updated, more advanced version. For them, the workout became too easy or humdrum, as tends to happen when exercises are repeated without variation.

For a 7-Minute Workout, Download Our New App — Got seven minutes? We've got the app. Today The New York Times is offering a free mobile app for the popular Scientific 7-minute Workout and the new Advanced 7-minute Workout. The workouts, reported by Gretchen Reynolds, our Phys Ed columnist, can now be installed on your smartphone or tablet, or used on your desktop computer.

Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball? — Q: Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball? A. Although the surface of a shared bowling ball is a likely place to find germs - and some people avoid bowling for this very reason - it is extremely unlikely that Ebola could be passed that way.

Milk Choice May Affect Vitamin D Levels — Many children drink rice, almond or soy milk instead of cow's milk for various reasons - lactose intolerance, allergies, taste preference. But now Canadian researchers have found that children who do not drink cow's milk may have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Giving the Doctor a Second Chance — "What can I help you with today?" It's the question I open every visit with, but it heralds a moment of suspense. The reply is what doctors enter into the chart under "Chief Complaint," but it's really a moment of suspense because you never know how a visit will unfold.

Living With Schizophrenia: Coffee and Friends — I have a hard time making friends. Getting to trust people well enough to call them a friend takes a lot of work. It's especially hard when you are living with schizophrenia and think everyone is making fun of you.

Share Your Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes and Stories — It's almost November, and that means Well is gearing up for our annual "Vegetarian Thanksgiving," a chance to celebrate the fall harvest and discover that you don't need turkey on the table to have a fun, filling, flavorful holiday celebration.

Stressed? This Dog May Help — Each morning, Cali, an 18-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, patiently waits for the K-12 students to pass through the doors of the Calais School in Whippany, N.J. As they walk by, Cali sniffs each one. The students, about 85 in all, smile at the short-haired dog but know not to pet or distract her while she is working.
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Oct 24, 2014

Ebola is extremely unlikely to spread through public transit, for several reasons.

Oct 23, 2014

Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball? Most likely not.

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