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Does neomycin skin allergy preclude getting shingles vaccine?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been tested for skin allergies twice in the past 30-plus years. I am a 71-year-old female in good health. One of the things I tested positive for both times was neomycin (the worst reaction I had was a rash on my foot when using a cream containing neomycin). This is an ingredient in the shingles shot. I've been told by my doctor and the pharmacist that I cannot have the shingles shot. What would happen if I did get the shot? Is it worse than getting the shingles? Are they working on a shingles ...

June 11, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs sniff each other?

DEAR DIDI: Why does my dog, when he meets other dogs, sniff their butts. It embarrasses me when I am with my friends! -Embarrassed 13 year old girl

June 11, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Mexico’s trump card: Corn

Turns out corn farmers south of the border know more about trade than the U.S. president.

June 05, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Afghanistan: A lost cause?

"We are there and we are committed" was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam.

June 05, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Is there a noninvasive alternative to bypass surgery?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old, retired, white male with no major health history, who is not overweight, diabetic or a smoker. All my bloodwork and my blood pressure are within range for my age. I have had a very healthy diet for a long time, lead a sedentary lifestyle and have some family history of heart-related issues, primary being my mother's heart-attack death at 64. However, she had numerous major health events throughout her life and was a heavy smoker with a poor diet, etc. I have had some recent mild symptoms: occasional shortness of breath and ...

June 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


After the Confederates, who is next to fall to PC?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman's troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah.

May 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Just what are dogs thinking?

Dear Didi: I wish I could crawl into my dog's head and see what she is thinking. Do you have a book that you would recommend that speaks to the intelligence of dogs or the lack thereof? Sometimes my dog just seems oblivious. I point at things and he stares at my pointer finger. Do we give them more credit than they are due? Or are they seriously underestimated? -curious dog parent

May 21, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Medical research has more than just a profit motive

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I have read all sorts of pamphlets and brochures; I have been to classes at the local hospital to learn about managing this disease; I have seen the vast array of supplies for testing blood sugar at my local pharmacy. I have come away with a theory on which I would like to hear your opinion.

May 21, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Comey is gone, worst is yet to come

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.

May 16, 2017 | | Other Views


Post Office delivers, literally

A half-dollar hardly counts as money these days - it won't even buy a cup of coffee. But pssssst… here's an amazing half-dollar bargain for you: A first-class postage stamp.

May 15, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Crude comedians of ‘the Resistance’ movement

TV comedy cannot be too harsh when directed at President Donald Trump. There are no limits, and CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has proven it. Under the rubric of corporate loyalty after the president cut an interview short with CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson and mocked his show as "Deface the Nation," Colbert called the president a "prick-tator," and then suggested the only thing the president's mouth is good for is being a holster for the sexual organ of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

May 15, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Pseudomonas sinus infection tricky to eradicate

DEAR DR. ROACH: After years and years of excessive nasal congestion and postnasal drip that frequently affected my speech, I was diagnosed with a pseudomonas infection in my sinuses. I've had a balloon sinuplasty and two rounds of Cipro. My symptoms briefly improved after each treatment, but soon reverted to their prior condition. My ear, nose and throat doctor has advised that I have three options: live with it, get intravenous antibiotics or have surgery. None of these is appealing to me. I would like your opinion. -- P.G.

May 14, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Trump fires away — again

Washington is buzzing with talk of Watergate. In a town nostalgic for the days when reporters didn't run in packs and Republicans and Democrats would raise a pint together, many cannot resist the temptation to compare President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey to President Richard Nixon's 1973 Saturday Night Massacre, when a besieged executive fired his special prosecutor and his attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest.

May 12, 2017 | | Other Views


Distracted by the circus

I was about to get into it with my son about President Donald Trump's suggestion that Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who died in 1845, could have avoided the Civil War (as if there were a compromise to be had on the question of expanding slavery into the territories), when he quickly dismissed me by pointing out that no one cares.

May 08, 2017 | | Other Views


Are there tests to determine dog intelligence?

Dear Didi: I have a 3 year old Doberman Pinscher named Bella. She is the smartest dog I have ever owned. I've never owned a Doberman before so I frequently wonder if it is the breed that is so much smarter or if Bella is just a unique individual specimen. Our kids are super into teaching Bella to search for treats and play hide 'n seek. Are there studies or tests that can be taken to learn about the intelligence of our Bella? -Parent of a Smart Kid in Stockton

May 07, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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What the Google gender ‘manifesto’ really says about Silicon Valley

Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of "brogrammer" bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did ...

August 13, 2017 | MARIE HICKS | Other Views


Yellow fever vaccine only for those at high risk of exposure

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are taking a cruise around South America that includes several stops in Brazil. We both are 72 and ...

August 13, 2017 | | Other Views


Why teen brains need a later school start time

Millions of high schoolers are having to wake up early as they start another academic year. It is not uncommon to hear comments from parents ...

August 12, 2017 | | Other Views


The White House press briefing showdown game

When White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller called on CNN's Jim Acosta at Wednesday's press briefing, Miller knew what he was doing.

August 07, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Eye protection a must for the coming total solar eclipse

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked ...

August 06, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs act differently whole on leash?

DEAR DIDI: Our Golden Retriever is the sweetest dog. He loves people and gets along with other dogs, most of the time. Except when we ...

August 06, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


American Imams for pogroms

Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to "hate speech" and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is "Islamophobia ...

July 30, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Reader has reservations about sleep aid

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 41-year-old man living with clinical depression and chronic anxiety. Though my condition has been well-maintained through cognitive behavioral therapy ...

July 30, 2017 | | Other Views


Shaving dogs short is not a good idea

DEAR DIDI: We have a long haired breed dog. He is super sweet and goes to the groomer every six weeks. With the upcoming hot ...

July 30, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Free as you can afford to be

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms - as in FDR's "Four freedoms," or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people ...

July 17, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


No good reason for boss to make 347 times more

CEO pay at America's 500 largest companies averaged $13.1 million in 2016. That's 347 times what the average employee makes.

July 17, 2017 | STEVE CLIFFORD | Other Views


Long-term prednisone use comes with risks

July 16, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs pant?

DEAR DIDI: Why do dogs pant? -13 year old boy from Manteca

July 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Essential oils considered medicine when used for treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you discussed an antihistamine and montelukast for allergies. We use pure essential oil. Lavender is better than drugs ...

July 09, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


1957: Center St. opens across tracks

100 years ago

July 09, 2017 | | Other Views


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