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COVID-19 vaccine review

DR. ROACH WRITES: In a previous column, I deferred making a recommendation about a COVID-19 vaccine until more data were available. The Food and Drug Administration has now made the safety and efficacy data publicly available for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It has been approved and already ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. THANK YOU to the men and women working and serving in law enforcement and their families for choosing to protect all of us. — The Express newspaper staff THANK YOU ...

Late husband’s family bothering me

Dear Annie: I’m a 39-year-old mom of four. My husband recently passed away, in April of this year. His family was never very kind to me when he was alive, and they haven’t changed now that he’s gone. I’ve been dealing with their judgment and hostility. They find any little thing they ...

Another look at supplements

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent response to a question about the efficacy of brain supplements. You note there is a paucity of published data, and that there is “no consistent evidence” that supplements help, except perhaps vitamin E. Fair enough. However, the lack of data may indicate ...

Was it a coup attempt?

Did the United States just have a coup attempt? Supporters of President Donald Trump, following his encouragement, stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Waving Trump banners, hundreds of people broke through barricades ...

Please, end the deadly vaccine delays

If you live in Florida or Texas and you’re 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are — desperate to get the vaccine ...

Dear Annie: Dinner guest with no conscience

Dear Annie: My wife and I have a close friend whom, in non-pandemic times, we invited over for dinner or cocktails at least once or twice a week. We’ve spent many holidays together over the last 10 or so years. We love her like a sister. The only problem is she never brings anything to our ...

The kidneys perform a necessary life function

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old white male. I am overweight and have high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. I recently have been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure. I’m told that I have three strikes against me with these health issues, and there is not much ...

Cancer patients need vaccines against COVID

As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, an extremely vulnerable group is being overlooked: millions of cancer patients. Doctors nationwide are sounding the alarm that many state governments and the federal advisory committee charged with prioritizing who gets vaccinated should move cancer ...

Standing up for election integrity

Today, Congress will meet in a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate to count the Electoral College votes. I will object to the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors due to unconstitutional actions taken by Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the ...

Couple is worlds apart before tying the knot

Dear Annie: My fiancee and I have been together for six years, and I am having a hard time understanding where I fit in her life. She claims to love me, but lately, her actions just don’t say that. She puts everyone ahead of me. Last Christmas, we went to her mom’s on the other side of the ...

Medication and lifestyle changes are first treatment for heart

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: About a month ago, I had pain in my chest, so I went to the emergency room, where I was admitted. My blood pressure was in the 200 range, and they did an echocardiogram and a stress test. Both came out negative, but the cardiologist did an angiogram, and ...

Pa. needs more jobs

In December, hundreds of Pennsylvania businesses, nonprofits, and residents spoke at hearings hosted by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The purpose of this collaborative process is to shape the rules of Pennsylvania’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, ...

Why Facebook antitrust case relies so heavily on Zuckerberg’s emails

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s own words play a starring role in the government’s case to break up his social network. “It is better to buy than compete,” he allegedly wrote in an email in 2008, according to the lawsuit. Four years later, after Facebook purchased what he had ...

Dear Annie: A toxic home

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for almost nine years. We have been married for three years. His family was nice to me before the wedding, but after, they became aloof. His daughter is horrible. She has NO respect, not even for my husband. My husband has a lot of money — a few ...

Two habits this husband must stop right away

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: There is much information about the spread of COVID germs from coughing, sneezing, speaking, etc. However, I have not seen anything about two other ways that could also spread the germs. Could you please address these in your column? 1. Spitting: My ...

A Dickens of a Year

A few days prior to writing this article, a Jeopardy contestant made a selection from the game board which correlated the word “Dickens” with the word “hell.” The idiom of ‘giving someone the Dickens’ has lost favor in the post-modern era’s language. Coincidentally, ...

Livelihoods, liberty left in lurch

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Seven years ago, combat veteran Jack Mook was a hard-nosed Pittsburgh detective who stumbled upon two young brothers who showed up intermittently at the boxing gym where he volunteered. The boys were living on the edge of despair: Their birth parents had failed ...

Dear Annie: Showing love from afar

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our early 60s and have been married for eight years. I have four adult children and 11 grandchildren, while he has one son and two grandsons. My children are scattered across the country, while his son lives in the same small town as us. Yesterday, ...

Don’t recall having chickenpox? Get shingles vaccine anyway

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am almost 88 years old. All seven of my children came down with chickenpox at different times. I took care of them all, and never contracted the virus. I didn’t have it as a child or as an adult. Should I get the shingles vaccine? I have lupus and thyroid disease. I ...