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Adult Whooping Cough Can Drag On And On

DEAR DR. ROACH: Thirty years ago, when I was in my 40s, I was diagnosed with bronchiolitis, which was considered a disease of young children. When lying down in bed at night, I coughed to clear my rattly chest and suddenly could not breathe at all. It was terrifying, and just before passing ...

Nuclear Strategies Down At The Ol’ Saloon

Imagine a college basketball team, the Eagles. It has lost to the Vultures eighty times over the last forty years. Can you imagine? The teams meet twice a year. And every year and every game, the Eagles lost. For four decades. The Eagles changed coaches several times. They changed the roster ...

Longtime Addiction Remains A Secret In Woman’s Past

DEAR ABBY: I am a 53-year-old woman who has finally met a kind, decent man after many abusive relationships. I honor our bond and have been open about my past, which has been colorful, to say the least. I was an addict. It was a long addiction that left me homeless and almost killed me ...

Anniversary Gifts

I often use a line from an old episode of The Flintstones, the one where Fred said that he always remembered his wedding anniversary because it fell on Trash Day. It’s a running joke I use with Sally as our anniversary approaches each year. Well, this coming Thursday, we will celebrate our ...

Spring On The Farm

As the farmers prepare their land to plant their crops the rest of us anxiously await the time for harvest. That is all we really think about. We just prepare for the food that is produced. We do not think much about the production of that food. No two years are alike. Farmers are the ...

Marching Into Spring

Spring? Hogwash! And balderdash! If the equinox rocks it’s taking place far south of us. I fear we’re still awaiting the typical St. Pat’s blizzard. And two more long months before the experts tell us it’s safe to plant. “A little Madness in the Spring in wholesome even for the ...

Here’s To The Little People

“This is the ugliest city I’ve ever seen,” a guy on my tour named Herb told me as we walked around the main square in San Salvador, the capitol of El Salvador. And I really don’t know enough about the place to argue with him, except I can conjure up the words most of us associate ...

Exorbitant Amount Of Spending Continues In NYS

Once again, it appears one piece of New York’s legislative branch has lacked the nerve to do much, if anything, about waste and inefficiency in the state budget. By the end of the day Thursday, both the state Senate and Assembly have approved their one-house budgets. Now, leaders of the ...

Markers Can Give Insight Into ‘Uncertain Significance’ Of MGUS

DEAR DR. ROACH: In September 2016, I was diagnosed with IgM MGUS. Repeat bloodwork in November 2017 revealed both IgA and IgM MGUS. I have no measurable M protein. I have had no fatigue, bone pain or other symptoms. I am a 65-year-old female in good health; I eat carefully, do not drink or ...

Banish Bourbon To Drink Distillate?

The Russians brainwashed my wife. No, the Russians did not persuade my wife to vote against Donald Trump for President last year. Her love of primary election rival Bernie Sanders and her lifelong leaning toward liberalism kept her from voting for Trump, the Republican nominee. But the ...

In Defense Of Cultural Appropriation

I’m here to defend cultural appropriation. “Cross-cultural influence,” would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who’ve had it up to here with nonblack performers ...

Cancer Diagnosis Prompts Search For Life’s Lost Love

DEAR ABBY: This is the 37th anniversary of when I met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman in Iowa. We were together less than a year before she decided to pursue her dreams in California. When she left, it broke my heart for years. To this day I still feel the loss. In the years ...

‘How Sweden Became Multicultural’

Perhaps 10 years ago for 25-cents I picked up at a garage sale the April, 1963 edition of National Geographic Magazine containing a meticulously-researched 40-page article about Sweden detailing the scintillating success of all aspects of life in that — at the time — idyllic Nordic ...

Elon Musk’s Age Of Exploration

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he’s building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk’s goal is to colonize Mars, a delightfully daft idea that has ...

Time Stand Still

It was another music packed weekend for the books, but in spite of my disjointed sleep schedule this one may have been the most meaningful yet. Over the past three weekends Cold Lazarus has played five shows in Erie, Westfield, Jamestown and Buffalo. For starters, I’m starting to witness ...

Waiting For Summer And Other Seasons

“Through sickness and pain, Through trials we face, Through war and through loss, We won’t lose faith. With our hands lifted high, We look to the sky. In You we remain, on You we will wait.” - “Wait On You” by Unspoken Friends, I’m longing for the days when I can ...

Meds And PT Are Indicated For Arthritis And Herniated Disks

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 44 years old and female. Nine months ago, I suddenly experienced severe low backache without any associated physical activities. I was bedridden for five days, though during that time I experienced severe spasmodic lower backache just in my back. My bowel and bladder ...

Man Of Steel

“If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country” declared President Donald Trump at a press availability with the Swedish prime minister. He was explaining his decision to impose a tax on steel and aluminum. Why these products? Well, the president had just met with steel ...

Woman Irked When Co-Worker Mimics Her Distinctive Style

DEAR ABBY: I have been trying to get healthy for years and recently lost a lot of weight. Every job I have, I work with grossly obese women. At my present job, one of them keeps coming to work dressed like me. It has happened before and I am sick of it. You have no idea how insulting it is ...

Stop First, Parse Later

WASHINGTON — At least they’re doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida’s proposed gun bill. But doing something and doing something effective are very different animals. State legislators under pressure to “do something” following the murders of 14 ...