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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5 Places: Five Places to Visit in Bergen, Norway

“The beautiful thing about Bergen is it doesn’t matter what time of year that you get here, there’s always something charming and quaint about it,” said T-Michael, a designer, tailor and worldly aesthete who has resided in this rainy Norwegian city for more than two decades. Nestled amid the snowcapped mountains and glacial fjords of…

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Work Friend: The Wages of Being a Woman at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask for the Moon I love my job, and am generally happy with management. But during a recent team meeting, my boss made…

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