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Is Biden too timid on school reopening?

It's an old political trick to make an easily achievable goal sound vauntingly ambitious in order to brag about it when it's inevitably met. It takes another level of chutzpah, though, to set out as a target something that has already happened. Some of the press has portrayed President ...

Is mainstream media making virus mental health epidemic worse?

Since the pandemic began, anxiety rates in the U.S. have tripled; the rate of depression has quadrupled. Now research is suggesting the media is part of the problem. Constantly watching and reading news about COVID-19 may be hazardous for your mental health. We are professors who study the ...

Strip governors of COVID emergency powers

From Pennsylvania to California, Americans are relearning what Lord Acton warned about over two centuries ago: power corrupts. Giving governors "emergency powers" to fight COVID-19 is destroying our civil liberties and endangering our lives. The stench from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ...

GOP believes in Trump, not America

Apparently, Adam Kinzinger's family hates him now. Alexander Hamilton would not be surprised. Like many in the generation of America's founding, he saw political parties as something that "grows naturally out of the rival passions of Men" — but also as a threat to national cohesion. He ...

Don’t quit on the GOP

After losing a national election, it's natural that a political party goes through a period of soul-searching and internal turmoil. The Republican Party, though, has taken it to another level. President Donald Trump brought most of the GOP along for the ride during his conspiracy-fueled ...

Dear Annie: Slowing down

Dear Annie: I am old, and I worry about falling. I have read advice to us old people on numerous websites on how to avoid falling. But one thing is missing: It is important not to hurry. I have only anecdotal evidence, but I have observed that hurrying often leads to falling. One friend died ...

No universally accepted level for post-melanoma monitoring

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband developed melanoma, and had 16 of his lymph nodes removed. He was considered a cancer survivor, as one of the nodes was cancerous. He went for skin check-ups twice a year and was given an OK. Yet he died two months ago from tumors on his liver, ...

Dear Annie: More letters on love

Dear Readers: Recently, I asked you to write in with what you love most about your partners. I received enough responses to fill a book. I printed some on Valentine’s Day, but I’d like to print a few more — because these letters brought me such joy that it seems wrong to keep them to ...

Goal-setting for diabetics: What is a ‘normal’ glucose level?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: All my friends who are hypertensive have been able to bring their blood pressure to 120/80 or less. However, I have diabetic friends who are taking several diabetic drugs but none has been able to bring the fasting glucose levels to the ideal amount, ...

Pass a budget that cares for kids, communities

Pennsylvania confronts overwhelming challenges: A structural deficit; an educational system in free fall; business closures and widespread unemployment, and barriers to health care. No doubt, Pennsylvanians expect Harrisburg to deliver education lifelines to families, regulatory and tax ...

Shattered by loss

Dear Annie: Last month, I lost the man of my dreams, my husband. It hurts so bad without him. I don’t know what to do. I miss him terribly. He was my everything for years now. He was my heart and soul. My heart is broken into a million pieces. I have talked with counselors; some help, others ...

‘Kaleidoscope vision’ may be a migraine aura

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Periodically, I suffer from kaleidoscope vision where my peripheral vision in the extreme right or left eye appears that I am looking through broken glass. It started about five years ago, when I was 65. After about 10-15 minutes it disappears. I never get ...

Getting Pa. ready for its economic recovery

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have already made significant progress in setting the stage for Pennsylvanians to take control of our needed economic recovery and we will continue to advance an aggressive, yet practical, forward-thinking agenda to prime the Commonwealth ...

What’s going on? Why so many power outages across the plains?

(Editor’s note: Amid record cold temperatures and skyrocketing energy demand, utilities across the central U.S. have ordered rolling blackouts to ration electricity, leaving millions of people without power. Energy expert Michael E. Webber explains why weather extremes can require such ...

Tossing out Grandma’s gifts

Dear Annie: My grandchildren are not allowed to receive gifts from me. I crocheted a scarf, and it was tossed in a dumpster. I bought earrings, and the post was broken. You get the picture. So, I have been putting money in the bank instead. Problem solved? No! Now when a passbook indicates ...

Bell’s palsy not likely attributable to COVID vaccine

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2002, I had a severe case of Bell’s palsy that lasted eight months. I was unable to close my left eye for seven months. The doctors said there was a good chance I would not get back to normal. However, I eventually did. Only a slight indication of a droopy mouth remains, ...

Consequences of pandemic fatigue

Dear Annie: I am an RN who does COVID-19 swabs in a tent outside my hospital for people who have been exposed or are symptomatic. When I read the dilemma of “Quarantined and Stressed,” a couple who are worried about playing cards again with friends, I was reminded of a sick man who came ...

There are treatments for overactive bladder

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there a cure for overactive bladder? — R.H. ANSWER: The underlying reason for overactive bladder is not well understood, and although there are medications to treat symptoms, there is not a cure for the condition. The main symptoms of overactive bladder are urinary ...