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Is Pope Francis right about babies and pets?

Pope Francis rattled some big cages when he said people who adopt pets instead of people are selfish in some cases. The last part of that sentence was left out of many stories, and the rest informed some rabid reactions from pet lovers, as well as some childless-by-choice folks. Mainly, he ...

Can I cut out my brother?

Dear Annie: I spent my early childhood years with a loving foster family, and today, at age 75, I have a great relationship with my foster brother. I lived with my biological family from age 7 until I left for college. I have one biological brother, and long story short, we are not close. ...

You can still do weight-bearing exercise at home indoors

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old female who recently underwent a right total knee arthroplasty. In a routine post-operative X-ray there was indication of early osteopenia in my long bones. I live in Montana and walk regularly during the summer months, but during winter it is more ...

Drive while high, get a DUI

Dear Annie: I had a high school boyfriend 47 years ago but left him. He came to my house the day before I was marrying someone else and begged me not to marry him, but I did. Long story short, after getting divorced, I tried to find him, but I couldn’t. I married again and got divorced again. ...

CHEK2 is one of many breast cancer genetic mutations

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 63-year-old woman. My 29-year-old niece was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She discovered that she carries a mutation of her CHEK2 gene. Her father, who is my brother, also has the gene. Should I get tested for the gene and should my children be ...

Time to hold grown-ups accountable, too

Children cannot legally buy guns. It's adults who introduce guns into a home, where curious or disturbed kids can get access to the deadly weapons. So, who is to blame if a youngster gets a firearm and uses it to commit mass murder, as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley did in Oxford, Michigan, ...