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Structural racism, high blood pressure, Black people’s health all linked, experts say

Untreated, high blood pressure can lead to disabling, potentially fatal illnesses including heart disease, stroke, dementia, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction, vision loss.

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New high-tech structure in Rome’s Colosseum will restore original stage

A $22 million contract to build and install a retractable structure that will restore the traditional “arena,” or stage for combat for gladiatorial shows in ancient Rome, was announced Sunday.

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Ask the Doctors: Psoriasis symptoms might be helped by paying attention to what you eat

Diet alone hasn’t been found to control or cure psoriasis. But you might be able to spot certain foods that, for you, trigger the inflammation.

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Couples adjusting to post-pandemic life could struggle; tips on how to cope, adapt

Those who have gotten into a groove this past year ‘might even have a bigger adjustment going back out into pre-pandemic’ routines, a psychologist says.

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Disneyland’s revamped Snow White ride faces backlash over Prince’s ‘problematic’ kiss

SFGATE’s managing editor, Katie Dowd, and reporter, Julie Tremaine wrote an article explaining while the ride itself is "really good," the famous kiss is problematic.

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Peloton treadmills recalled after a child dies; CEO apologizes for ‘mistake’ in initial response

The recall comes after the safety commission warned last month that people with children or pets to immediately stop using Peloton treadmills and posted a video on YouTube of a child being pulled under the treadmill.

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Las Vegas Strip market will serve up fare from top stars of Asian ‘hawker-style’ street food

Inspired by the hawker-style food centers of Singapore, the 24,000-square-foot Famous Foods Street Eats at Resorts World will have dishes at 16 stalls from top chefs and restaurateurs.

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Bronzeville Winery aims to create next generation of local entrepreneurs

The winery expects to open this summer in the 4400 Grove development.

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Harry and Meghan will lead COVID vaccine fundraising concert to aid medical workers

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World," to be taped Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and air on ABC, CBS, FOX, YouTube and iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations on May 8.

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Carrie Ann Inaba taking leave of absence from ‘The Talk,’ cites health reasons

No announcement was made about how the show will fill Inaba’s seat while she is gone.

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From rotten teeth to advanced cancer, people are feeling effects of pandemic treatment delays

‘People put off routine breast examinations, and there are going to be some cancers hiding that are not going to be identified, potentially delaying intervention,’ one doctor says.

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Recently unearthed frescoes will greet visitors when Italy’s Uffizi museum reopens

Workers doing restoration discovered the painted walls and ceilings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries beneath plaster in the museum’s west wing.

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Ask the Doctors: Jaw trouble needs doctor’s attention whether it’s from TMJ or trismus

Treatment of both conditions can include resting the jaw with a soft food diet, medications for pain, muscle-relaxers, exercises and devices to prevent nighttime clenching.

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Updated Audubon field guides and other new books lure readers outdoors this spring

From new Audubon field guides, updated for the first time in decades, to a book of poetry about insects, publishers are trying to meet this moment: Not only is public engagement with nature high, but so is concern over climate change.

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A tough pill to swallow: Are dietary supplements safe?

Unlike prescription or over-the-counter drugs, which must be approved the FDA isn’t authorized to review dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness.

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Adding meatless meals to your weekly menu is good for you — and the planet

Not only will skipping meat — even just one meal or one day a week — benefit your health and the environment, making meatless meals that are nutritionally balanced, satisfying and downright delicious is a snap once you learn the basics.

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No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart beginning this week

Abbott Laboratories’ BinaxNOW coronavirus self-test kits will be shipped to CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart locations, and also will be sold online.

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Urgent-care OB-GYN clinics for women offer an alternative to waits for appointments, ER visit

They’re part of a surge of interest in such no-appointment-needed clinics in general. Operators say the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand.

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Ask the Doctors: Diet, exercise can help arthritis pain, inflammation

Arthritis can affect anyone. It’s estimated that up to one-fourth of Americans have some type of arthritis. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in the United States.

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How to politely ask whether someone has gotten the COVID-19 vaccine

It can be uncomfortable to drop the question into conversation. Here’s some expert advice on how to do it.

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Chronic inflammation has been linked to a host of ailments. What you need to know.

It can be triggered by smoking, obesity, chronic stress and more and has been tied to health concerns including cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

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Healthy-up your favorite coffee drink — it’s easy and delicious

A small shift or two in what goes in to your coffee beverage is all it takes to order a healthier and still satisfying cup.

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Skin care means taking care to protect the microbes that live there: Ask the Doctors

Dermatologists say harsh soaps, too much scrubbing and daily bathing with overly hot water can strip away helpful oils and wreak havoc on beneficial microbes.

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Chronic stress: Your body is trying to tell you something. What you can do.

The prolonged release of stress hormones increases the level of inflammation in the body and can lead to longer-term health effects.

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Get figgy with it: Fresh or dried, figs are a delicious addition to meals

There are hundreds of varieties. The most popular in the United States include black mission, Calimyrna, brown turkey and kadota.

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As daily life slowly creeps back to pre-pandemic routines, some feel dread

Psychologists call it re-entry fear. They’re finding it more common as we head toward a post-COVID pandemic world.

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Brewers take a cue from Gatorade, adding electrolytes to lower alcohol beers

After a workout, beer-makers want you to think about having a beer with electrolytes added to it rather than swigging water or Gatorade to replenish what you sweated away.

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Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? CDC says it’s OK to resume travel, but still wear a mask

Vaccinated travelers no longer have to follow the CDC’s recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel unless required by the destination.

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Get a healthy boost with a Mediterranean-style breakfast

The Med-style diet is recommended by many health organizations. It’s also one of the easiest and most versatile ways of making breakfast a meal you won’t want to miss.

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Ask the Doctors: Diet can help with age-related thinning hair

Focus on getting adequate protein in your diet and eating from a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals.

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Bitter — the forgotten flavor —is worth remembering when it comes to healthy food and health

Bitter flavors are important to our sense of taste. They help balance sweet, salty and sour notes. The bitter flavor elevates a meal experience and excites the nervous system.

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‘Post-pandemic body’ workout frenzy: Is the rapid transformation healthy?

Trainers say they’ve seen significant increases in clients aiming to look their best by the time the world fully reopens.

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Mexico complains of mask-less tourists, closes ruin site

Authorities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula have complained about tourists not wearing face masks, as Mexico braces for a surge of Easter Week visitors.

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Michael Phelps: Pandemic has brought mental health issues to forefront

He and his wife Nicole Johnson also have been teaching their kids about the importance of mental health.