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Husband talking to my best friend

Dear Annie: I own a bar with my best friend. We work great together. I’ve been married for five years, and yesterday, my business partner showed me messages from my husband. He gave her his phone number and said if she ever wants to talk, she should call. He is in no way associated with our ...

Elevated ANA sparks search for associated conditions

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old healthy female. I am 6 feet tall, and weigh 130 pounds. My last blood pressure reading was 100/58. I have Raynaud’s phenomenon. I exercise every day (walk, bike, snowshoe). All of my medical laboratory results are within the normal range with the ...

Without discipline, humane border policy doomed

On his first day as president, Joe Biden unfurled big ideas for fixing the U.S. immigration system. Any smart plan will loosen howls by extreme opinions, be they for shutting the borders tight or opening them wide, so he might as well do the right thing. Rebuilding the system to be more ...

Dear Annie: Husband hygiene

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married one year. Before we got married, he kept himself clean. Gradually, he’s changed, and his hygiene has gotten worse and worse. Now he only changes underwear and showers once a week. He has let his hair grow long and messy and refuses to get a ...

Immunity after COVID does not appear to be long-lasting

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column about the COVID-19 vaccine, you review the Pfizer vaccine results along with your suggested approach. You say: “People with a history of COVID-19 infection benefitted from the vaccine just as much as those without, suggesting no natural immunity was ...

Manure and winter: What’s the scoop?

Can farms spread manure in the winter? Can manure be spread on snow-covered ground? These questions have been flooding into the County Conservation District after the recent news concerning Nicholas Meats. “We’ve had a significant number of people calling to report farms for ...

Tone down the Tambourine

Dear Annie: I attend a small church where the congregation does not exceed 12 members. So on any given Sunday, there are at least nine of us in attendance, including the pastor and first lady. We follow the government recommended COVID-19 social distance guidelines. I am hearing impaired and ...

Crohn’s disease caused narrowing of colon but no symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old man in good health. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease about 15 years ago, but had no symptoms. Recently I had a colonoscopy after blood was found in my stool. A biopsy confirmed Crohn’s disease, and a follow-up CT scan showed a stricture in the terminal ...

Can vaccinated people still spread the virus

Editor’s note: So you’ve gotten your coronavirus vaccine, waited the two weeks for your immune system to respond to the shot and are now fully vaccinated. Does this mean you can make your way through the world like the old days without fear of spreading the virus? Deborah Fuller is a ...

Hope up and guard down as pandemic starts to weaken?

Are we at the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Let's call it the middle. The COVID-19 numbers are going decisively lower, both infections and deaths. Millions, meanwhile, are getting the vaccine and becoming mostly immune to the disease. Still, the seven-day average of ...

Hygiene problems points to deeper issues

Dear Annie: Our son is an educated, well-read, successful married man. We taught him how to keep a home, how to clean, how to groom himself. This has never been an issue. Since he married five years ago, all things clean have disappeared. His home is filthy. We help out at his house, doing ...

Ivermectin for COVID is still in trial phase

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen a couple videos and read a little about ivermectin use with COVID-19 and wondered what your thoughts were. — S.R. ANSWER: Ivermectin is a prescription drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of certain parasitic worms in ...

Dear Annie: Worth the time

Dear Annie: I have been dating my boyfriend for two years. We are both in our mid-40s. But I feel as if we are walking in opposite directions on the road of life. He works two full-time jobs and has several younger children. He has so many responsibilities financially that he is stretched ...

The COVID vaccine and pregnancy

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy? I have read that it is safe. Could you explain how? I have a minimal understanding of the mRNA vaccine, and no understanding on how the vaccine could affect pregnancy. — H.B. ANSWER: Pregnant women do not seem ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. We would like to THANK Nancy for recently removing snow and moving our cars so the plows could clean the parking lot. — The grateful residents of Church Street ...

Six important truths about COVID-19 vaccines

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of ending the pandemic isn’t medical or logistical. It’s the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. Demand for vaccine currently exceeds supply, but there are many people who are either unsure whether they should take the vaccine or ...

Putting the children first

Dear Annie: My husband and I separated two years ago. Ultimately, we divorced about a year ago due to his rising alcohol and drug abuse, which led to him being violent. I did what I could for years to get him help, offering counseling together, rehabs and anything else that would be beneficial ...