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How you feel is as much a guide as heart rate

DEAR DR. ROACH: I learned from the American Heart Association's website that when exercising, one should stay between 50 percent and 85 percent of his or her maximum heart rate. But my cardiologist just shrugged off this warning and said that as long as one is not out of breath, he or she doesn't have to worry about this "less than 85 percent" formula. It also intrigues me that sometimes we see people in their 70s or even 80s running marathon races. In that case these "reckless people" certainly will exceed their 85 percent MHR. Doesn't that ...

October 19, 2015 | | Other Views


Paul, steer clear of Speakership

The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him.

October 19, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Which type of flu shot is best?

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. -- J.H.

October 18, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Changing a dog’s name

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I recently adopted the most amazing dog from Pets N Pals in Lathrop, CA. We absolutely adore him but we are not fond of the name he came with. He is three years old so we worry about changing his name. What, exactly, are the repercussions if we do? New Doggy Mommy in Stockton

October 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Sanders

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Reverend who won the airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. "He did the best he could with what he had," Marshall replied.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Comcast rolls over for Hillary

In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on "Saturday Night Live," a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town hall meeting on the "Today" program.

October 14, 2015 | | Other Views


SF is haven for felons

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police. Today he's the rare prosecutor who has sent a message to career criminals in the country illegally: San Francisco will make the feds really work to deport them.

October 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Saying nuts to first class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed. So why couldn't I enjoy myself?

October 11, 2015 | SARAH BROWNING | Other Views


Facing the recurrent vertigo of meniere’s disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors "think" it's Meniere's disease. It came upon her rather suddenly, which is another puzzling aspect of her condition.

October 11, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Who even wants to be Speaker?

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an occasionally nettlesome one to GOP leaders seeking to limit internal dissent." Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has such marked antipathy for McClintock that he took the unusual step of supporting a GOP challenger in McClintock's latest re-election bid.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


You are the best way to keep health care costs low

Your body is your temple.

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Allure of mass murder

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Pope gets served House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America" like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

October 08, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Other Views


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Thirteen Republican men repeat Hilary’s mistake

They went into a room to write a health care bill. Didn't need any women. For diversity they had Ted Cruz, still famous at ...

June 29, 2017 | | Other Views


Urban America’s underclass: More money not solution

PBS NewsHour aired a story last year about Milwaukee, saying many residents call the city "the worst place to be a black man in America ...

June 29, 2017 | | Other Views


Uncontrollable hand shaking may be focal seizure

DEAR DR. ROACH: Yesterday, my right hand started shaking uncontrollably. It did not stop for two hours. Earlier this year, I found that it shook ...

June 25, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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


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