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Bicuspid Aortic Valve Has Only Two Leaflets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at age 54 (I’m now 62). I see a general cardiologist annually for an echocardiogram and an EKG, and have had one transesophageal echocardiogram. However, he has never ordered a CT or MRI to thoroughly check my aorta. I’ve read ...

Save At The Pharmacy: It May Benefit You To Shop Around

Question: I have used the same pharmacy for years, and I was reading the material my insurance carrier sent to me. It looks like I would save money by switching to a different pharmacy. What should I do? Do I have to change pharmacies? Answer: This is a great question. There are over 45 ...

‘Punching Up’ Is American; ‘Punching Down’ Is Not

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that ‘’punches up’’ rather than ‘’punches down.’’ To ‘’punch up’’ means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. ‘’Punching ...

Be Frightened. Be Really Really Frightened.

Be frightened! You probably will be if you read the article I did. It is about global catastrophes that are headed our way. If we don’t change our ways, that is. This is a serious article in the journal Bioscience. It is endorsed by 1700 “leading” scientists. It warns that if we keep ...

Meet Jasper

Meet Jasper. Each person has a story. Each person has a unique character or personality traits. Jasper was a character to behold. His initial call was unforgettable. His distinctive loud voice boomed through the phone. “Hello doc, are you there?” Before I could reply, he spent minutes ...

All That Once Glittered No Longer Shines Gold

I’ve lived in this community my entire life. I had a great time growing up in this city. I think that’s evidenced by how much I remember about this city and my friends, and what we used to do, and where we used to do them. I love remembering local businesses, recreational opportunities, ...

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Eating Me Out Of House And Home … Part II

My first Musing on this subject dealt with the disappearing outdoor food. To date, my cupboards have remained safe and untampered with. But, let me hasten to add, it’s not for a lack of trying. I look at the damage done and feel some sort of admiration for the persistence of these little ...

It’s Never Too Late!

People often ask me where I get ideas for my columns. I tell them I read a lot. I also listen when I am out and about. Ideas come from many sources. I keep a list of possible columns. I must admit that sometimes the kernel of an idea that I jotted down does not translate into a piece. Today I ...

When Your Husband’s In The Kitchen

I’ve come to believe that men would like to be a lot more creative than women give them room to be. I mean, their whole lives they’ve been shooed away from pie crusts and wallpaper samples and cookie cutters and handed power saws and snow blowers and grocery lists. Did it ever occur to ...

Outsmarted By A Bunch Of Dumb Clucks

Chickens are supposed to be pretty dumb. We frequently say as much. “Like a chicken with its head cut off,” “dumb cluck,” the Henny Penny yarn ... all those sayings seem to put chickens well below humans in the pecking order of perspicacity. Why, then, can I not figure out how the ...

Heavy Period After Provera Is Normal Response To Med

DEAR DR. ROACH: My cousin is having irregular periods. Her last one was three months ago. She was given Provera for 10 days to help, but after she stopped it, she had a very heavy period. Is that normal? — T.R. ANSWER: Provera is a brand of a type of progesterone, a female hormone. This ...

Roy Moore Is Pure Steve Bannon

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell. For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate’s tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment and a sterling reputation, he’d almost by definition be ...

Landlord Questions Tenant’s Claim That He Sleepwalks

DEAR ABBY: I am a man who owns a large four-bedroom home, and I have two tenants. One pays the rent on time, helps with cleaning and yard work, and is an all-around great roommate. The other has been here for four months, has never paid his rent on time and always disappears when we must clear ...

Count Your Blessings

Tomorrow is a day many of us look forward to as we gather around the dinner table, congregate with family and friends we hold dear, and stuff our faces beyond capacity with enough holiday goodies to feed a small army. When I look back on past Thanksgiving celebrations I am humbled knowing I ...

Is America Up For A Second Cold War?

After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping's vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and ...

Regular Pap Tests And HPV Vaccine Are Keys To Cervical Health

DEAR DR. ROACH: Last year, I had an abnormal Pap smear. My follow-up colposcopy did not show anything. Two weeks ago, I had another abnormal Pap smear, and I am scheduled for another colposcopy next month. I am scared and nervous that precancerous cells will be found. I am 51 years old. — ...

The Uses Of Disgrace

In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite ...

New American Wants To Get U.S. Social Customs Right

DEAR ABBY: I went through a divorce recently and have already found a woman I love. I have children — three boys and a daughter — I love very much. I’m currently paying child support to my ex for my 15-year-old daughter. The boys are grown and on their own. I’m a first-generation ...

The Powerful Waging War On The Weak

The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful — whether the undocumented maid’s employer, the factory owner who signs the undocumented teenage worker’s paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress — are ...

CoolSculpting Not A Health Solution, Just An Aesthetic One

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like to know your opinion regarding “cool sculpting.” Does it really work? Are there any bad consequences that a person should know about it? Is it advisable for a person in her 80s who is in good health and is not overweight but is beginning to add fat around her ...