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Shingles vaccine can prevent complications

DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got a very bad case of shingles. It went from the front of his stomach, along the left side, to the middle of his spine. He has huge blisters, a red rash, pain and no appetite, and he constantly sleeps. The doctor put him on a regimen of valacyclovir. He was told to keep the area moist to avoid cracking and pulling of the blisters and rash. I thought that if you got the shingles shot ...

August 16, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


POOPING ON WALKS

DEAR DIDI: I take my dog for a nice walk each morning while the temperatures are still cool. The other morning he was doing his business and I stood ready with poop bag in hand. However, the owner of that yard came rushing out yelling at me. I showed her my poop bag and said I was going to pick it up but she was upset that I even allowed my dog to poop and pee at all! I was a defensive mom at that point and will never walk down that street again. It did get me wondering what ...

August 16, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


California experiencing crime wave less than year after election

"The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" isn't living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "What we have been doing hasn't worked, frankly."

August 15, 2015 | | Other Views


Manteca Unified ‘train’ wreck

Ashley Drain - self-proclaimed social media mogul and school board member dealing with a repertoire of felony charges ranging from election fraud and welfare fraud to grand theft - wants more training so she can be a better Manteca Unified trustee.

August 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


IT ISN’T NEWS

The media enthusiastically remind us that it's the first anniversary of the death of Ferguson's Michael Brown, a death that spawned the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Throwing public ed under the bus

Public ducation used to be, you know, public - an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views


Carly as President?

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout in the second-tier debate and really, if you're judging, the best debater of the night.

August 12, 2015 | | Other Views


FOX TV NEWS

"Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn't Treated Fairly," read the Newsmax headline Friday. Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was "outrageous" that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language - "fat pigs, dogs, slobs" - referring to women. Levin complained it was "a National Enquirer debate, not a Republican debate," with too much "opposition research." Political analyst Dick Morris detected a "disturbing" trend at Fox. The conservative blog Media Equalizer offered that many conservatives "thought they might have been watching MSNBC by mistake."

August 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Careful decision on anticoagulant use needed with patient’s history of bleedin

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old with a question about the blood thinner Xarelto. I take it for occasional atrial fibrillation. I hear that it can be dangerous. My doctors don't seem worried, but I am. I have had rectal bleeding in the past, which wasn't serious but was scary. I can't take aspirin, so when I accidently took it in an over-the-counter cold medication, I threw up blood. Should I be worried about being on Xarelto? -- E.H.

August 10, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


From size 22 down to 14

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey.

August 10, 2015 | Jeanette Balmut | Other Views


SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets. I talked to Mayor Ed Lee and rode around with police to find out what can be done to clean up San Francisco.

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views


Phone scammers claim they’re from IRS

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views


More frequent, higher doses of nsaids carry greater risk of side effects

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? -- G.W.

August 09, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Stop buying backyard bred puppies

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I have decided to get a German Shepherd puppy. Although adopting a rescue has its rewards we also feel that purebred puppies need homes. We have specific goals in mind for our potential new fur baby so raising from puppyhood seems the best way to insure we can do those things with him or her. We have not purchased a puppy from a breeder in 25 years and with the Internet and current popularity of the German Shepherd (compared to their reputation in the 70s) we are overwhelmed. Can you shed some light on the ...

August 09, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets. I talked to Mayor Ed Lee and rode around with police to find out what can be done to clean up San Francisco.

August 09, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


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Top spook looks back

Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he ...

December 17, 2017 | | Other Views


Puppies for Christmas not wise idea

DEAR DIDI: Our kids have been begging for a dog for a couple of years now. My husband wants to surprise them with a puppy ...

December 10, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


We hate phone menus & don’t trust virtual assistants like Siri

"Just thinking about it makes me break out into hives" reported one man in his 60's. A woman in her 30's said she ...

December 10, 2017 | JACOB GROSHEK | Other Views


All about Christmas

Yes, it's the Advent Season where all things Christmas are on full display. Decorations have been set up in stores for quite a few ...

December 10, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


I’d vote for it. You should, too

Warts and all, if I were a voting member of Congress, I would certainly cast a yea for the tax-cut plans passed by the Senate ...

December 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Using both red yeast rice and a statin drug not recommended

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that red yeast rice acts as a kind of natural statin. Can natural and synthetic statins ...

December 03, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can dogs and owners be mismatched?

DEAR DIDI: Is it ever possible that, through no fault of the human or the dog, the two are just mismatched? - Worried in Lathrop

December 03, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


I Got Fired for Calling Out Liberal Hypocrisy on Clinton Accusers

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles - my hypocritical ex-employer - hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station ...

November 28, 2017 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Bicuspid aortic valve has only two leaflets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at age 54 (I'm now 62). I see a general cardiologist annually for ...

November 26, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


After tax cuts derailed the ‘California dream,’ is tate getting back on track?

1978, the year I graduated from college with a degree in economics, most voters in my state chose to turn their backs on the "California ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse

The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that "this way ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Gun control shouldn’t be this hard to put in place

Before the gun lobby or its sycophants in Congress bring out their usual talking points for why we can't ever have common sense gun ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


This tax plan is going to cost a lot more than advertised

House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It's called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which we ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Squeamish about buying used items? Time to get over it

Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


In-store shopping still matters

Only 10 percent of retail sales done online

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


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