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Your guide to living healthier and better in Chicago.

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Is ginkgo biloba really effective when it comes to brain health? The evidence is thin.

Why are extracts from this ancient tree popular? And is there any evidence to support the health claims being made for it?

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Camila Cabello gets candid about her OCD mental health struggles

The singer said it affected her physically, not allowing her to sleep for a long time and leaving her with a constant knot in her throat.

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SkyART bringing art kits directly to Chicago youth during stay-at-home

SkyART bills itself as the only free art program of its kind in Chicago, normally reaching some 3,600 youths ages 3 to 24, with programs in its facilities as well as at several dozen schools and community organizations.

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Amy Grant undergoes open heart surgery

The Grammy-winning singer’s doctor said the surgery "couldn’t have gone better."

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John Prine’s widow urges Tennessee to expand absentee voting citing health safety

Fiona Whelan Prine, who also contracted the coronavirus and has since recovered, told a Senate panel that allowing more people to cast an absentee ballot is critical in ensuring that people would remain safe and healthy during the 2020 election.

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Singer John Vincent lifts seniors’ spirits one ballad at a time via nursing home ‘concerts’

Vincent, the national anthem singer for the Cubs, performs hit songs from Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, among others, to senior citizens — the people most susceptible to COVID-19.

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MGM Resorts, Caesars to reopen Las Vegas Strip casinos June 4

Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature, Caesars Palace among others will welcome guests next month under new coronavirus guidelines and protocols.

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EU agency seeks airline, airport input on new virus guidance

The aviation agency said the evaluation program will focus on airlines that are fully applying the guidelines and flying to airports that are as well to get the best picture of how the recommendations are working and where improvement is needed.

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Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

For some, it’s impulse shoe purchases, with nowhere to go. And mistaken multiple pounds of blueberries when a single container was the goal.

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Does pasta have a place in a weight-loss diet?

A high-carbohydrate diet that includes pasta is just as effective for weight loss as a low-carbohydrate, pasta-free diet, one study says.

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Queen guitarist Brian May recovering from recent heart attack, surgery

May said Monday in an Instagram video that the stents were put in after his doctor drove him to a hospital after he starting feeling the symptoms of a heart attack.

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New artist incubator opening in Humboldt Park

The Honeycomb Network, 2659 W. Division St., will focus on mental awareness: "We want to normalize mental health care and break the cycle that pushes the negative stigma of speaking with a therapist," said founder Denise Ruiz.

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Hojicha — the other green tea — rapidly becoming a flavorful option for tea lovers

Very popular in Japan, mellow, slightly sweet, and smooth, hojicha is patiently steeping its way into North America, popping up at mainstream tea and coffee houses and flooding social media site

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Roger Daltrey: Lack of fundraising concerts amid pandemic will impact teen cancer programs

Teen Cancer America funding depends on live performances, but with venues closed and touring postponed, the organization could be in trouble.

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Chicago woman vets wannabe dads on new pregnancy dating show

‘Labor of Love’ star Kristy Katzmann, a former contestant on ‘The Bachelor,’ is prepared to go toward motherhood with or without a husband.

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Should you leave your kids an equal inheritance?

Discussing your estate plan and intentions with your children could give you unexpected insights and may help stave off future problems.

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A Joffrey workout: 3 dancers suggest exercises to tone muscles at home

They’re easy enough to do while binge-watching your favorite Netflix series, and best of all, they’re ideal for everyone from workout novices to diehards.

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Oprah Winfrey launching live virtual wellness experience during pandemic

"Oprah’s Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward — Live Virtual Experience," a free and interactive four-week event via Zoom is an extension of her wellness tour with WW.

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Need to escape? How about a drive through Melbourne or Mumbai?

A new app allows visitors to be driven through some of the world’s best-known cities.

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Clorox wipes should be fully back in stock by summer, company CEO says

Manufacturers like Clorox were not prepared for skyrocketing demand in a sleepy sector with reliably steady sales that usually fluctuate only during flu season.

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Why too much exercise during your coronavirus quarantine is not a good thing

You might logically assume that more exercise is better because you have more time on your hands, but that’s not really the case. Benefits top out at about 300 minutes per week.

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Displaced from colleges and well-stocked training tables, college athletes get cooking classes, grocery tips

Schools have provided care packages, grocery tips, recipes and even cooking demonstrations on social media. And nutritionists or dietitians at schools have consulted with athletes from afar.

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Tommy Bartlett Show cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

The Wisconsin Dells summertime favorite would have celebrated its 69th season this summer.

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Airbnb laying off 1,900 employees due to travel decline

CEO Brian Chesky said travel will eventually return, but people will want options that are closer to home and more affordable.

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What is the alkaline diet and how does it affect your overall health?

Supporters of an alkaline diet claim that it can optimize health and help with weight loss by reducing production of acid.

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Lesley Stahl feeling better after battling COVID-19, spending week in hospital

The veteran journalist, 78, said she was "really scared" as she spent two weeks in bed with pneumonia before going to the hospital.

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Highland Park teen, mom teach ‘virtual’ Zumba, connecting people across the country amid pandemic

Julia Kerpel, 15, is one of the youngest instructors in the country licensed to teach the dance-fueled Zumba.

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Antibody tests for coronavirus hold promise, but they’re not yet reliable enough

In Chicago, you can get one of the blood tests to detect past exposure to COVID-19 for about $100. But even if they’re accurate, there’s no proof this will provide future immunity.

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Madonna tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

The CDC says it’s unclear if the antibodies will make you immune to the virus or prevent you from getting infected again.

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Art Institute Lions, Picasso statue in Daley Plaza sporting face masks

The large-scale public gesture is an homage to Mayor Lightfoot’s rallying cry earlier this month promoting her "Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask" initiative.

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Hay fever or virus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry

Forecasters are predicting a brutal spring allergy season for swaths of the U.S. at the same time that COVID-19 cases are rising dramatically.

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Blood test helped detect cancer before symptoms, new study finds

The test is still experimental and even its fans say it needs to be improved.