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Washington’s birthday vs. President’s Day Holiday

By PAUL WASHINGTON We are coming up on President’s Day Holiday - it is interesting to note that no American president (including the Presidents of the Confederacy and the Continental and Confederation Congresses) has ever been born on any of the days in February when the holiday falls. ...

Moving in opposite directions on abortion

Even in our era of politics without precedent, few things are as inexplicable as the Democratic Party's decision to take increasingly extreme positions on abortion while so much of the country moves in a different direction. The March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., around the ...

Dear Annie: Digestive discomfort

Dear Annie: I am writing in regard to “Concerned Mom,” whose daughter suffers from dumping syndrome. I am a retired pediatric nurse, and many years ago I took care of a small child with dumping syndrome. The way he was fed was by continuous gavage (tube feeding). This avoided his stomach ...

Highly contagious tuberculosis still a threat worldwide

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently read that tuberculosis kills more people than any other infectious illness. Can people who have no symptoms spread this disease? — R.R. ANSWER: Tuberculosis, an ancient disease, is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It infects 10 million ...

Bible Digest

“Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 AKJV) Pride can be our own worst enemy. Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord.

Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their world views

By ADRIAN BARDON Something is rotten in the state of American political life. The U.S. (among other nations) is increasingly characterized by highly polarized, informationally insulated ideological communities occupying their own factual universes. Within the conservative political ...

Dear Annie: Compassion for father-daughter relationship

Dear Annie: I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for a year and a half. We are both divorced. He’s in his late 50s, and I’m in my late 60s. His daughter is in her early 20s. When she’s with us and there’s a conversation, she will talk directly to her father with an occasional ...

To Your Good Health: Colonoscopy sedation is not the same as surgery

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent column regarding cognitive decline after surgery suggested careful consideration prior to elective surgery. Does this advice apply to screening colonoscopies? Since for it’s done for screening and there is no indication of any problem, does ...

Bible Digest

“The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalms 34:7 AKJV) What a wonderful promise! We are not alone. The Lord cares about you too.

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of APPLAUSE. A big APPLAUSE goes to the many who made the basket benefit for me a huge success. The out pouring of love, support and prayers from family and friends is heart warming. ...

Bible Digest

“You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and you preserve them all; and the host of heaven worships you.” (Nehemiah 9:6 AKJV) God is the Creator and ...

What a State of Our Union

Well, I've finally attended a Trump rally. I thought I was showing up for Tuesday's State of the Union address, but as soon as Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, it was clear that even basic protocol would elude this impeached president. Trump's leash of ...

We’re in a State of Disunion

Anyone who has watched the English Parliament debate knows that — ceremonial forms of address notwithstanding — they can be a fairly raucous bunch, routinely shouting down opposing speakers, yelling out, "Hear, hear!" and even booing with some regularity. This includes events at which the ...

Dear Annie: A lack of intimacy

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been together for just over a year and a half. While we were first getting to know each other, he made me aware of his depression, which he is currently on medication for (and has been for about a year now). He also goes to therapy. One major side effect ...

Lengthy battle with cellulitis deserves another look

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR ROACH: I am having a serious, lengthy battle with cellulitis on my lower leg. For nearly three months, nothing any doctor has recommended or prescribed has worked. The inflammation and skin discoloration have not abated even with three days of intravenous ...

Bible Digest

“Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy to our LORD: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 AKJV) The Lord can give you the joy and strength ...

Let’s prioritize medical assistance for vulnerable senior citizens

By KAREN W. FESINTEIN OK, Boomer! This is the latest insult intended to dismiss and devalue the opinions of older adults, including here in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania. The words indicate that advice or suggestions from a previous generation are unwanted because their time to be ...

A carnival of unintended consequences

By GEORGE WILL The progressive party's Iowa caucuses were a hilarious parody of progressive governance — ambitious, complex, subtle and a carnival of unintended consequences. The party that promises to fine-tune everything, from the production of wealth to the allocation of health care ...

Dear Annie: Extending generosity to ‘stingy’ parents

Dear Annie: I’m having a difficult time accepting my parents for what I perceive as stinginess. They are retired, upper-middle class (at least), have paid off their nice home and have money to travel. My dad grew up upper-middle class and so did mom. My problem is that they have never been ...

To Your Good Health: Spinal cord stimulator may be option for severe back pain

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old African American female who is contemplating having a neurostimulator implanted in my back. I am a noninsulin diabetic, and my last A1C was 6.7. I had a laminectomy with fusion 15 years ago. I have researched the procedure and found ...