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Elevations In CPK Can Indicate Muscle Damage Or Breakdown

By Keith Roach, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is 68. On a blood test in a doctor’s office, he had a CPK level of 694. He walks, on average, 6 miles per day, and drinks probably two or three glasses of wine four days a week, and a martini once or twice a week. His kidney and liver function ...

The Kids Are Not All Right

More than 36 percent of teenaged girls in America are depressed or have suffered a recent major depressive episode, according to a study published in Translational Psychiatry. For boys, the rate is 13.6 percent. What are we doing to the kids? It isn’t just one study. Research throughout ...

Two Polar Opposite Examples

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...

Is There A Noninvasive Alternative To Bypass Surgery

By Keith Roach, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old, retired, white male with no major health history, who is not overweight, diabetic or a smoker. All my bloodwork and my blood pressure are within range for my age. I have had a very healthy diet for a long time, lead a sedentary lifestyle ...

State Grant Funding Builds On Positive Momentum

$10-million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds that will flow to the City of Jamestown will build upon the positive momentum occurring in Jamestown. The state award will be used to leverage private investments and to create a series of attractions and settings in downtown Jamestown ...

Losing The War On Drugs

America is losing another war ... the war on drugs. Semantics might have contributed to the losing battles that rage on, seemingly violent end. Yes, heavy street drugs are an epidemic that’s ubiquitous in our vast nation. As is our wont to point fingers and to blame others, we are in fact, ...

From Instant Mashed Potatoes To A Push-Button Life

Jimmy Buffett performs a song from his repertoire titled,“Growing Older But Not Up,” and oftentimes I find myself singing (in the privacy of my automobile with windows up) the chorus of that tune which is: “I’m growing older but not up My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck So let ...

My Lovely Columbine

Whether particularly apt or not, I tend to think first of Colorado when I think of columbine. No, not the high tragedy in Littleton, but the lovely wildflower. It’s been a long time — a very long time indeed, for I was in college then and not necessarily out of my teens — but I recall ...

End Of An Era

The middle of last month ended an era in our small community. A large steel bridge is coming down to be replaced by a new more streamlined model. Work is underway, but the main structure still remains at this point. The bridge is about 80 years old and is badly in need of shoring up at the ...

Adopt A Shelter Dog

Hello, readers! This week, I would like to discuss the importance of adopting your canine companion from a shelter. Let’s start out by talking about purebred versus mixed breed. Many people will say they do not want to adopt from a shelter because they want a ‘purebred’ dog. Shelters are ...

Lake Stories

I thought I’d spend a good part of the summer telling lake stories in my column — those mythical or adventurous or timeless stories that others share with me. It’s a way to celebrate this beautiful piece of real estate we live by, which is especially alluring right now in ...

The Things I Learned In Life After College

With graduation season ending, I find myself looking back on the last seven years of post-college life. I was dropped off on the brick pathway outside the girls-only dorm at Mercyhurst College on Aug. 28, 2006, by my parents and first boyfriend. The next four years went by so fast. I ...

Age, Disease And A Love Of Deer Hunting

I have hunted deer for more years than I have been married, have been a father or have held full-time jobs. Now, I think that I am done. But I am having a hard time letting go. I will be 75 years old this year. I can still shoot well enough to blast a home intruder backward through the ...

No Sleep

Had someone asked me years ago that the cold-blooded eyes staring back at me in the dark would be my newborn son I wouldn’t have believed them. But there he was, and he was trying to kill me. I just knew it. My bundle of joy came more like a bundle of mayhem trying to murder me. Happily my ...

After The Confederates, Who’s Next?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman’s troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at ...

After The Confederates, Who’s Next?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman’s troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at ...

Finding Exercise Boundaries With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69, and I retired from a career in primary care and emergency medicine. I have always been very active and have kept fit with biking, cross-country skiing and hiking. My diet has been basically vegetarian with lots of fish and limited sweets. I have had no chronic problems ...

Family’s Disapproval Stops Woman From Opening Up

DEAR ABBY: I’m a pansexual female and open about it with my friend and also my brother. The rest of my family is super Christian. I tried to bring up the “gay” word, but they’re all against it and have strong opinions about the subject. I just want to feel accepted for who I am, and ...

The Praying Mantis Explains Today’s Politics

To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female from the rear. ...

Welcome Summer

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember those who have served our country. With parades and ceremonies scheduled countywide, we encourage everyone to find a way to honor our nation’s military heroes. This weekend is also the unofficial start to the summer season here in Chautauqua ...