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Taming the cost of anticoagulants

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 83 and was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. My doctor put me on Eliquis. I have had no problems with it, except the cost! Is there something comparable that is less expensive? -- D.C.

May 07, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


President Trump stops the Left

President Donald Trump's biggest achievement in his first 100 days? Easy. He stopped the left.

May 01, 2017 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Hypocrisy in the anti-Bill O’Reilly army over sexual harassment

Fox News took Bill O'Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN's media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it's time for his media critics to stand down. They are guilty of rank hypocrisy.

April 26, 2017 | | Other Views


How to not pass out while getting a tattoo

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went to get a tattoo on the outer area of my hand, but upon doing it, I got dizzy and fainted. I am someone who has low blood pressure. I still want to finish the tattoo, so what can I take or do so that I don't pass out? -- M.Y.

April 23, 2017 | | Other Views


How does one prepare family dog for newborn?

Dear Didi: We recently found out that my wife is expecting with our first child. How do we prepare our 3 year old Boxer, Rocky for the baby? -proud new father in Stockton

April 23, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Fresno killings suspect has history of violence

FRESNO- The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge.

April 21, 2017 | By SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


Various questions on Social Security issues

Today's column won't focus on a single topic. Instead, I'll just reach into the mailbag (well, really my email inbox) and pull out a hodgepodge of questions.

April 21, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


In choice of blood thinner, does safety or convenience take precedence?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I received excellent care, and the cardiac doctors recommended a blood thinner, with a clear preference for apixaban. The pluses of apixaban are no dietary restrictions related to the medication and no need for regular, frequent blood monitoring. I followed their advice and am now taking it. But I am increasingly concerned about the fact that there is no way to reverse damaging bleeding, as there is for warfarin users. The doctors have all told me not to fall, because the bleeding resulting from a fall most likely would lead ...

April 20, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


How your selfie could affect your life insurance

A selfie reveals more than whether it's a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you're aging, and, when paired with other data, could someday help determine whether you qualify for life insurance.

April 20, 2017 | By BARBARA MARQUAND | Other Views


Is democracy in a death spiral?

"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better. ...

April 20, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Transactional President

WASHINGTON - As President Donald Trump flew to Palm Beach Thursday for Easter weekend, there was a lull in his first 100 days -- a chance for Washington to reflect on how his presidency is likely to evolve.

April 17, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Schwannomas of the spine are nerve-sheath tumors

DEAR DR. ROACH: For several months, I've been suffering with severe lower-back pain while standing. It radiates down my leg, into my buttocks. Several weeks of physical therapy was not helpful, and I can't take many medications because I have atrial fibrillation. An MRI showed arthritis in my spine, but also several schwannomas on the nerve sheaths. What information do you have on schwannomas of the spine? -- D.B.

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


Dealing with your dog’s teen phase

Dear Didi: We have a Labradoodle that is about to turn 7 months old. He has been full of energy and a major handful so we hired a personal trainer when he was 5 months old. The lessons were wonderful focusing a lot of intervention, management and basic obedience. All of a sudden, we are noticing a defiance streak. He knows basic commands and it was proven in his final exam with the trainer. This week we ask for a sit and he looks at us with this "i dare you" face and runs around the house avoiding us. Other ...

April 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Will Christianity perish in land of its birthplace?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)" Those are among Jesus' last words on the Cross that first Good Friday.

April 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Obama claimed ‘all’ of Syria’s chemical weapons eliminated

The Obama administration claimed that it negotiated with Syria and Russia to eliminate "100 percent" of Syria's chemical weapons. After President Barack Obama's 2012 "red line" warning to Syria about using chemical weapons, Syria launched a chemical attack in August 2013. But U.S. military action was avoided by the alleged Russian/American/Syrian diplomatic accomplishment, achieved without "firing a shot." Here's what we were told:

April 14, 2017 | | 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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