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How not to take blood pressure

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I had my annual checkup and nervously had to wait a while. The doctor's assistant came in and proceeded to take my blood pressure. She then looked at me disparagingly and said: "Do you always have a high blood pressure"? Of course, when she said this it probably doubled. Why can't an assistant quietly enter the numbers into the laptop and let the doctor make the determination rather than leave the patient there wondering whether he or she is going to have a stroke at any minute? The doctor usually takes it before I ...

June 19, 2016 | | Other Views


Walking dogs at times on hot days can be ill-advised

DEAR DIDI: With summer coming can you please remind people about walking their dogs at certain times of the day? -Very Concerned Dog Lover in Manteca

June 19, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Sierra: 40M dead trees & counting

CRESSMAN - California's drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees could come crashing down on people or fuel deadly wildfires that could wipe out mountain communities.

June 19, 2016 | SCOTT SMITTH | Other Views


Is Islamic terror America’s future?

If the cliches hold -- nothing succeeds like success, the past is prologue -- this generation will not likely see an end to the jihadist terror that was on display at Pulse in Orlando on Sunday.

June 18, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary wants to bring back Bill

This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Clinton is the one who recently stunned me.

June 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Stanford offender got life sentence

The victim fought back with words of rage. "I thought there's no way this is going to trial; there were witnesses, there was dirt in my body, he ran but was caught," she wrote in a 12-page statement at the sentencing of Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting her. "He's going to settle, formally apologize, and we will both move on. Instead, I was told he hired a powerful attorney, expert witnesses, private investigators who were going to try and find details about my personal life to use against me."

June 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Islam & the West: An irreconcilable conflict?

On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser.

June 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Gagging on the gig economy

No doubt you'll be thrilled to learn that we now live and work in a "gig economy."

June 13, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


What Sotomayor said was worse that Trump

Donald Trump should apologize.

June 13, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Diet, alcohol and gout

DEAR DR. ROACH: After two major bouts of gout, my husband was treated with Medrol and colchicine, and has resorted to a low-purine diet in order to decrease the frequency of gout attacks, with their attendant pain and potential renal damage. He completely avoids beef, pork, lamb, mushrooms and rich seafood such as scallops. Chicken and turkey are OK. On this dietary regimen he has not experienced gouty episodes. His diet is quite satisfying, for the butchers today excel at making "meat" products from chicken and turkey. He takes 50 mg of allopurinol daily, even though his uric acid level ...

June 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Fingerprinting Is racist?

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Why would President Obama's onetime top lawman come out against regulation that is supposed to protect the riding public? Credit the intersection of two forces. First, Holder's tony corporate law firm, Covington & Burling, represents Uber. Also, as Holder sees it, requiring drivers to submit fingerprints may "have a discriminatory impact on communities of color."

June 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Why Trump must not apologize

"Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl."

June 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Civics lesson needed in San Jose

"My nose is broken. I have bruises and scratches all over. I got knocked in the head a lot," Santa Clara's Juan Hernandez, 38, told me. He suffered a mild concussion. That's the price Hernandez paid for attending the infamous Donald Trump rally in San Jose last week at which protesters were seen burning flags and Trump hats, pelting a supporter with an egg and mobbing people who were doing what civics teachers tell students citizens are supposed to do. For his trouble, Hernandez was called names, beaten and bloodied. For dessert, he got to hear politicians suggest ...

June 09, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Self-Inflicted’ email mess

Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus are both Yale-educated reporters-turned-columnists at The Washington Post. They view the world through the same lens. This sometimes means they can write pretty much the same column. It also means they both have a huge blind spot when it comes to sympathizing with Hillary Clinton.

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


From elephant to tortoise

As usual, the GOP primary was sewn up before California's June 7 primary. By late May, Donald Trump had the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nod. Nonetheless, I voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich by absentee ballot, even though Kasich suspended his campaign last month. Kasich is a solid conservative with a record of achievement. His name remains on the ballot, as do my many reservations about the GOP front-runner.

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


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Time for a Good Buddy Tale

Americans needed a good buddy movie after a deranged gunman targeted Republicans practicing for a bipartisan ballgame to raise money for charities Wednesday morning.

June 19, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender studies at Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, just made headlines for an epic tweetstorm condemning misogyny. Referring to women politicians, she tweeted ...

June 19, 2017 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


High-dose vitamin C supplements unlikely to prevent dementia

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that high doses of vitamin C have decreased or prevented the risk of Alzheimer's disease? I ask ...

June 18, 2017 | | Other Views


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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