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Erythema multiforme presents with distinctive rash

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister broke out in a full-body rash of red, itchy blotches, and her doctor told her it was erythema multiforme. It is rare, and he sees only a few cases per year. Could you elaborate more on it -- causes, treatment, etc.? -- A.M.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Dangers of car windows & dogs

DEAR DIDI: I have dogs that love to stick their noses or heads out of the car windows when they ride with me. Is that bad for them? They both are floppy eared dogs. -Concerned in Manteca, CA

August 03, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The sanctuary scandal

Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of "sanctuary cities," which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is that her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies.

August 03, 2015 | | Other Views


Rolling up with Willie Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

August 02, 2015 | | Other Views


Flogging the flag

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment - if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states' rights.

August 01, 2015 | | Other Views


On Obama’s watch

Ninety-five percent of black voters in 2008 voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama. Surely a "progressive" black president would care about, empathize with and understand black America in a way no other president ever has or could, right? Exit polls from Pew Research show that 63 percent of all voters - and 65 percent of Obama voters - cited the economy as the number one reason they voted for him. Iraq was a distant second at 10 percent. Even for black Obama voters, "It's the economy, stupid."

July 31, 2015 | | Other Views


Dirty-energy supporters cower

Some of corporate America's biggest climate-change deniers - from Exxon-Mobil to the Koch Brothers - are dreading a potent storm that's gaining strength and headed right at them. It's the category-5 "Hurricane Francis," which threatens to overwhelm their flimsy ideological castles.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Could Trump win?

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


The presidential money primary

The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It's the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 30, 2015 | | Other Views


The presidential money primary

The results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are already in. It's the money primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Could Trump win?

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

July 29, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Heart finds a way around bundle branch block

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a female, age 70, who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. I have no problems with cholesterol, diabetes or blood pressure. I do not take any medications, just vitamins. I take dance exercise classes and walk often. I recently went for my checkup and found that I have a left bundle branch block. What happened? How did I get this? Is there anything I can do?

July 27, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Seeking sanctuary sanity

July 1 was one of those evenings when you feel blessed to be in San Francisco, especially if you are strolling along Pier 14. But every reader knows what happened next: A bullet struck Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she walked arm in arm with her father. Neither knew what had happened; the shot killed a vibrant woman - for which an immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportations has been charged. (Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty.) On Tuesday, less than a month later, Jim Steinle found himself where he never thought he would be - testifying before the Senate ...

July 27, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Laser lights & dogs

DEAR DIDI: I have an 8 month old German Shepherd. She has so much energy! We read your column faithfully each week and value your opinion. My son likes to play laser light with Sassy and she is nuts for the game. You are training our neighbor's dog and he mentioned to us that you warned him against playing laser with dogs. He has a black lab. Is it a breed thing or all dogs that shouldn't play laser lights? - Manteca Dog Mommy

July 26, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Adrenal nodules can produce hormones

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones.

July 26, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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Donald Trump can win

For the umpteenth time, Donald Trump is no conservative. He is an economic populist. When asked to name the top three functions of government, he ...

May 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump: The GOP nominee?

Donald Trump: the Republican Party's nominee for president?

May 12, 2016 | | Other Views


No third-party candidate

Every four years, there is political chatter about trying to run a third-party candidate who will supposedly be more conservative than the Republican nominee. The ...

May 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump must prove that he can do the job

Donald Trump has swept the primaries and is now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. His almost unbelievable primary surge - from New York to Indiana - was ...

May 09, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Adulthood in the nanny state

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is flirting with the idea of letting 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections. Last year, Supervisor John Avalos ...

May 06, 2016 | | Other Views


King coal is headed to prison

So long, Don, it's been God-awful to know you.

May 06, 2016 | | Other Views


Transgender ‘fact’ & fantasy

The liberal opinion site that calls itself PolitiFact insists it's just a fact-checking website. When choosing to assess whether a politician's claim is ...

May 05, 2016 | | Other Views


It’s panic time on the right

When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his presidential primary campaign, it was not a fatal ...

May 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Why Russia resents us

Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks.

May 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald Trump crosses a border

Donald Trump had to squeeze through a hole in a fence to speak at the California Republican Convention on Friday. He said it felt like ...

May 03, 2016 | | Other Views


How Trump turned Cruz into the establishment candidate

Donald Trump's landslide victory in the New York GOP primary was a game-changer. It ended his Wisconsin slump and set the stage for an ...

May 02, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


“Adrenal fatigue” not always used accurately

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had apoplexy, a ruptured pituitary tumor, developed panhypopituitarism, then adrenal insufficiency. I am doing fairly well with cortisol replacement, thyroid supplement ...

May 01, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Dogs that bite are serious liability issue

DEAR DIDI: I was out bicycling when a lady walking her dog began screaming behind me. I glanced down in time to notice a wiener ...

May 01, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


At last, America first!

Whether the establishment likes it or not, and it evidently does not, there is a revolution going on in America.

April 30, 2016 | | Other Views


The lesser of the evils?

It's pretty darn depressing when political writers are essentially writing off the 2016 election as a choice between the lesser of two evils - seven ...

April 29, 2016 | | Other Views


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