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Scammers target the elderly

Dear Annie: My 81-year-old mom and I live together. I work 52 hours a week, so she is home alone a lot. She does get picked up by friends a few times a week to play bingo. But something serious has happened. A guy started an online chat with her on a “Words with Friends” game. She ...

Heart wall can thicken in response to high blood pressure

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the difference between eccentric LVH and concentric LVH? Which one is more dangerous and needs more attention? My mother was diagnosed with severe eccentric LVH for body surface area with adequate systolic and diastolic functions. What does that ...

Yes, we can ensure health care coverage and save costs

By Bryan Cutler And Frank Dermody What if we told you Pennsylvania could design a better system for giving residents affordable access to quality health coverage while saving money for taxpayers and lowering insurance premiums — and also support good-paying healthcare jobs right here at ...

Taming Fearful Thoughts

Dear Annie: My wife and I have three perfect grandchildren, ages 1, 5 and 7. We love watching them at least one day a week. Their parents are caring and careful. But occasionally when I am just about to fall asleep, I have “waking dreams” that the most horrible things happen to the kids. ...

Tardive dyskinesia involves uncontrolled facial movements

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a 67-year-old sister who has several medical issues. One of the more uncommon is called tardive dyskinesia. Most people have never heard of this, myself included, until my sister came down with it. I wonder if you could write about this and ...

Bible Digest

“But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:5 AKJV) Fear the Lord. He has the final say for all of us. We must cast ourselves on the mercy of God. He will forgive if we repent and ...

Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Why fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced

By TERA R. JORDAN Fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced, with the rates falling 18% between 2008 and 2016. Among American adults, there is support for divorce when couples do not get along. Women, people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and adults who have ...

Bible Digest

“But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28 AKJV) Let’s do more than just hear from God. Let’s obey Him. “No man, when he has lighted a candle, puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they ...

Sprue is most common, but not only, cause of villi flattening

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I had a duodenum biopsy to rule out sprue. The biopsy results were that my duodenal mucosa showed: “... mucosal inflammation with marked flattening of the mucosa. Microscopic examination of the mucosa reveals gastrointestinal mucosa highly suggestive of ...

The sweetest place on earth

There is an inconspicuous business that could be considered a hidden gem located on Route 23 in eastern Lancaster County just outside the town of New Holland. Now, please allow me to be a little more accurate so as not to be accused of spreading fake news. This place of business is very well ...

Apocalypse cow

By Lou Bernard For the Express I love this place. I’ve been writing about the history of Lock Haven for over a decade, and it’s been amazing. And one of the things I love most about it is that no matter how much I learn, there’s always more. I’ve been studying the county’s history ...

Pass the peas please!

By Laurie Welch Hopefully in the near future, you will have the chance to enjoy some of the first vegetables from the garden – peas! June into July is when fresh peas are at their peak and readily available at local farmers’ markets and stands, as well as your own garden. My favorite ...

A cancer stigma killing thousands

The nation's biggest meeting of cancer specialists unveiled several breakthroughs last Saturday. The horrible news is what's not improving. Only a miniscule 4% of men and women at high risk of getting lung cancer from smoking go for a CT scan to detect it while it's curable. That 4% figure ...

Dear Annie: Snore more teasing me

Dear Annie: Growing up, my siblings and I would make fun of my mom’s snoring all the time. To be fair, the noise seemingly could wake the dead; she sounded like she was sawing logs every night. Her snoring became one of our favorite family jokes, and to this day it’s brought up on a pretty ...

Surgery is a valid treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My son, who is 30 years old, was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and currently uses a CPAP machine. He says does not want to use this for the rest of his life, therefore, he has researched surgery to correct his OSA. Recently he ...

Bible Digest

“He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathers not with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23 AKJV) There is no gray area with Jesus. Are you on His side?

D-Day plus 75 years

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II Allied amphibious invasion of France’s Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. Officially called Operation Overlord, the invasion involved 160,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landing on a 50-mile swath of Normandy coastline, ...

Bible Digest

“But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you.” (Luke 11:20 AKJV) Jesus has all power. Put your life in His Hands.

Big tech cuts out conservatives

The biggest threat facing our democracy and the integrity of future elections isn't foreign interference. It's Big Tech in Silicon Valley, with its unlimited resources and access to hundreds of millions of voters. For context, in 2018, Facebook alone was used by an estimated 169.5 million ...