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Dear Annie: Rocky seas lead to drifting ships

Dear Annie: My wife and I are drifting apart. I’m a recovering alcoholic of four years. I put her through a lot when I was drinking. When I got sober, I put my recovery first. I went to a lot of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and put her second. Now, she is seeing someone else. I think ...

Strict rules sometimes necessarily restrict blood donations

DEAR DR. ROACH: I lived in England in 1985-1986, during the mad cow disease outbreak. Since then, I have been ineligible to give blood. It is one of the few questions they ask. This has been 35 years and, obviously, I don’t have and have never had the disease itself. Is this still a valid ...

Dear Annie: Respect for elders

Dear Annie: I love my wife. We’ve been married for 11 years, but recently, she hasn’t been taking my side with anything involving our 14-year-old son. She tells me that I am overreacting or being stubborn. OK, I know I can be stubborn, but I firmly believe a child should show respect to his ...

Reader’s dermatitis trigger more likely stress than sanitizer

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Like everyone, I have been using a lot of hand sanitizer and a lot of disinfecting wipes throughout the day. Do these sanitizing products get absorbed through the skin and build up in our bodies? I ask because I have come down with a difficult case of ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. THANK YOU On Saturday, Sept. 26, a group of very “special angels” held a basket raffle at the Beech Creek Baseball Hall of Fame for Karen Kleckner Heverly. I would ...

Dear Annie: Mental health awareness week

Dear Annie: Sunday, Oct. 4, marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. As someone who has been impacted by a mental illness, I wanted to share the following warning signs of mental illness, courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. — Excessive worrying or fear. — ...

Rare statin side effect requires expert evaluation

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: In your column about statins, you said they have the potential for side effects. Why don’t doctors know or consider these when prescribing them or tell you when to stop taking them? After a few years on statins, I had muscle aches, especially in my legs. ...

To Mother Earth: The real pandemic is us

"Is Doomsday here?" Joe Biden asked recently during a blistering speech about the West Coast fires and several tropical storms brewing offshore. Sadly, given the season, the wildfires devastating parts of California, Oregon and Washington have only added to the political tinder as the ...

Dear Annie: Unfriended and still family

Dear Annie: My aunt “Amy” has been using Facebook and Instagram to post political memes, status updates and articles that reflect a viewpoint very different from my own. The posts are negative and sometimes contain offensive language, and they are upsetting to me. Most end with something ...

Don’t muzzle scientists investigating COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don't know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the ...

Dear Annie: Stop building that wall of resentment

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our late 70s. We have two grown daughters. Twenty years ago, we retired and moved a few states to be closer to our older daughter, “Melissa,” and her children. Our younger daughter, “Allie,” lives back in our hometown. (She chose not to have kids.) Now, ...

Who’s child does this?

It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif. As the sun set and the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital's emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff's deputies. The ambushed pair ...

Vaccines need to prioritize ‘superspreaders’

Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots. A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes ...

Dear Annie: Time to stay or go

Dear Annie: Almost four years ago, I had a double mastectomy, and five months prior to that, a complete hysterectomy! Over time, I have had 19 surgeries. Needless to say, I haven’t felt very good about myself. In fact, I’ve felt pretty low more times than I can count. Then I found out ...

There is a difference between anxiety and an anxiety disorder

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother has been on anxiety medication for one year. Her anxiety level continues to increase to the extent that she is unable to rest. She currently takes 30 mg buspirone daily for anxiety. She is also on 20 mg losartan. She is in otherwise good health. ...

Friend keeps going back for more

Dear Annie: Recently, an old friend got back in touch with me. He had gotten a divorce, and I wanted to be a friend to him because he was going through a lot of grieving. His ex-wife had alcohol issues and was abusing her bipolar medication. She also, prior to their marriage falling apart, got ...

Eye pressure drug was cause of breathing problems

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I found your response to a question about shortness of breath in a recent column very interesting, since I had the problem for a couple of years before the cause was identified. I had been to an oncologist, cardiologist and family practice, and had all ...

Dear Annie: Rinse and repeat

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 10 years, and we’ve been together for 12 years. I love this guy, but his hygiene is atrocious. I admit that he was like this before we married, but I thought I could change this habit. My mistake. We’ve had endless discussions about this, ...

What is the best walking speed for weight loss?

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m quite overweight, with some physical mobility and fatigue issues because of autoimmune-related inflammatory arthritis. Some days, I can get about a block at a fairly brisk pace but I have to stop for a few minutes because of the pain in my legs, ...

We’re working to preserve LHU’s heritage

In its 150th year, Lock Haven University stands at a crossroads as it looks to redefine its future and continue its mission. We stabilized enrollment this year even during the pandemic and “stopped the drop” for the first time in seven years. This was a community-wide effort by all of ...