Strategies: ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now.

UnitedHealth Group has been a stock market darling for much of the past decade, dependably churning out earnings increases and rewarding shareholders with staggering returns. Its latest quarterly report, issued on Tuesday, was superb, as expected. Earnings per share jumped 24 percent. Based on the news about the diversified health service company’s fundamental businesses, you…

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Five Weeknight Dishes: Personal Favorites

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, food for busy people who still want something good to eat. Easter and Passover converge this weekend, and if you celebrate I hope the week ahead brings you Cadbury creme eggs (do we like those?) and leftover ham, Hillel sandwiches and matzo lasagna (it’s a thing, and it…

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Ask Well: How Low Should Blood Pressure Go?

Q. What is the lowest a blood pressure should go? A. The lower limit for blood pressure is perhaps best defined by symptoms rather than numbers. In the early 1900s, life insurance companies began compiling actuarial data that established a link between increased blood pressure and increased risk of death. This insight led some doctors…

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17 Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms-to-Be

Alert: Mother’s Day is officially twenty-three days away. And for moms to be, this day is especially important. The ones you know have probably already prepared with lamaze classes and a library’s worth of parenting books, spoil her in a different way before the baby arrives. In this round up of gifts she needs, you’ll…

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City Kitchen: A Dish That Only Looks Highly Dramatic

People have been eating from bowls since the dawn of civilization, long before “bowl food,” and there is no denying the age-old pleasure of it. It is a comforting way to dine. A bowl of rice with vegetables makes a nutritious, delicious meal, especially if the rice is whole grain. Of course, there’s nothing wrong…

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A Good Appetite: This Pie Is the Best Kind of Tart

As a lover of sour lemon and lime desserts, I’m always on the lookout for other ingredients to satisfy my tangy cravings. Rhubarb, passion fruit, gooseberry and red currant all visit my kitchen when they come into season. But only tamarind has permanently moved in. Tamarind, specifically the paste, has taken up residence in my…

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Vows: Undeniable Connections Just Waiting to Be Discovered

On the very last day of March — a month that would prove very important to Mitchell Messinger and Deborah Kaplan Jacoby — the couple danced their first dance as newlyweds. The song they chose was “I Lava You,” from Disney’s 2014 animated film “Lava,” a short played before theater screenings of “Inside Out.” The…

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Commuting While Pregnant: A Long Ride Could Be a Risky One

Image CreditAlexis Jang You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “It’s time for employers and politicians to recognize that pregnancy is hard.” — Avra Siegel, former deputy director of the White House Council on…

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Historic Bank Buildings Get a Second Act

The fate of the soaring, palatial and utterly impractical Dime Savings Bank in Downtown Brooklyn was inevitable. The 16,750-square-foot, 40-foot-tall chamber, with seven kinds of marble flooring, a vaulted-tile dome and Corinthian columns, closed in 2016, a victim of automated tellers and digital payments. Its last full-time tenant, Chase Bank, moved into a squat storefront…

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