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Dear Annie: Tired of picking up the slack

Dear Annie: A few months ago, my husband was laid off from his job. When that happened, he asked if he could just stay home and work on his own personal projects and interests. I work a corporate 9 to 5 job and can barely cover our bills without his salary, but I said yes because I wanted him ...

To Your Good Health: Mysterious MRKH syndrome likely genetic

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’d like information about a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. The person I am asking about with this condition was born in 1958 without a uterus or vagina, and has one kidney. Were there any medicines or pills given at this ...

Bible Digest

“And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3 AKJV) God can never be less than holy. He will never condone sin.

How Germany is managing its virus epidemic and reacting to Trump

By KLAUS W.LARRES A recent work visit to Germany, where I grew up, stretched from one week to three. Those weeks coincided with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany as well as across Europe. What I saw while there is that Germany’s population is in a state of shock and still can’t ...

Dear Annie: Grandson’s activities too feminine?

Dear Annie: Our 5-year-old grandson, “Ernie,” is best friends with our 6-year-old granddaughter, “Emily.” They ride to school together and are in the same kindergarten class. Recently, Emily and I sewed a cute little project together. Ernie decided he wanted to sew, too. We grabbed ...

To Your Good Health: Is it worth it to insist on brand name at the pharmacy?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that with certain medications, you should never take the generic medicine over the nongeneric. I read this for Synthroid and levothyroxine, as the range for healthy varies greatly. Is this true? I have heard this true about heart drugs also. — ...

Bible Digest

“And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 AKJV) In our weaknesses we can experience God’s grace and power. He ...

Dear Annie: Anger explosions causing worry

Dear Annie: My son is in his 40s and throws temper tantrums! Any little thing can set him off. It’s so bad that his son asks him if he’s mad, fearing that something has set him off. He is going to marriage counseling and admits he has a temper, but nothing changes. When he loses it, he ...

Bible Digest

“Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” (Proverbs 23:4-5 AKJV) Riches will not sustain us. God will.

Make the most of your time at home

If you’ve suddenly found yourself and your children stuck at home, cooking can be a healthy way to spend time together. Gathering together in the kitchen to cook and then enjoying a meal together has many benefits. It’s an opportunity for parents to be healthy role models by creating a ...

No question: America’s dangerous dependence on China must change

The coronavirus epidemic that's crashing the U.S. economy, putting lives at risk and derailing our entire way of life should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. government must stop being reliant on China and other foreign nations for prescription drugs, medical supplies or any supply chain ...

Politics, medicine and the virus

As we sit here in Haifa, Israel, on an extended vacation thanks to the Coronavirus, one cannot help but spend a lot of time listening to the politicians, scientists, and the press in general. Probably the best comment I heard was from an Israeli politician who, after hearing a briefing about ...

Recommendations on opening up

Dear Annie: I understand what “Unable To Open Up” is saying. I was never able to communicate with my parents. It carried over into my marriage and caused problems. My suggestion is for him to write down his thoughts and feelings before he meets with the counselor. I have found that I ...

Elderberry syrup and allergy

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male who lives in Louisiana. I have suffered seasonal allergies all my life. They seem to be present almost year-round as I get older. I have tried every over-the-counter medication I can find and some prescription medications, with ...

Bible Digest

“Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 AKJV) Sin will mess up values and virtues. We need a return to God.

Congress is responding to COVID-19 in a big way

Whenever I am asked about what Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is like, I always respond with what I firmly know from meeting so many constituents – that is that the folks in central and northeastern Pennsylvania are the most intelligent, hardworking, and thoughtful people you ...

Beware of scams amid virus

www.PUC.pa.gov In this time of heightened stress, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers to remain vigilant when discussing energy supply service with telemarketers, particularly if the contact was unsolicited. Additionally, consumers are encouraged to be on ...

Dear Annie: Being comfortable is vital

Dear Annie: Please help me with a problem I’m having at home. I’m a 15-year-old girl still living at home, and my mother is insisting that I go to her OB-GYN doctor, who is a man. She has already made an appointment for a few months from now. I am a very modest person and have never had ...

To Your Good Health: After prostate removal, where does PSA come from?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Some 20 years ago, as I was turning 50, a biopsy confirmed prostate cancer. I elected to deal with that through surgery, a radical perineal prostatectomy. For the following 10 years, follow-up blood tests came back showing PSA at “less than 0.1,” which ...