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Are there tests to determine dog intelligence?

Dear Didi: I have a 3 year old Doberman Pinscher named Bella. She is the smartest dog I have ever owned. I've never owned a Doberman before so I frequently wonder if it is the breed that is so much smarter or if Bella is just a unique individual specimen. Our kids are super into teaching Bella to search for treats and play hide 'n seek. Are there studies or tests that can be taken to learn about the intelligence of our Bella? -Parent of a Smart Kid in Stockton

May 07, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


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


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Keeping freedom and growth in the Fourth

What is the Fourth of July? It's a wonderful time. We're outdoors. We're with family and friends. We're playing golf or ...

July 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Testosterone treatment reserved for men with symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male. I receive testosterone injections (in the butt) from my provider every three weeks, and have been receiving ...

July 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


A little traveling music, please

"A little traveling music, please," is the signature expression uttered by The Great One, Jackie Gleason on his television show from 1952-1966.

July 04, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Is America still a nation?

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of "one people." The Constitution, agreed upon by the ...

July 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump has yet to be clear on intent for Yucca

In October 2016, candidate Donald Trump came to Las Vegas to face the question all presidential hopefuls who think they can win Nevada must face ...

July 03, 2017 | | Other Views


Teen magazines launch the new pronoun wars

Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible ...

June 30, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


What happened to our wealth?

If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America's deteriorating infrastructure - our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and ...

June 30, 2017 | CHUCK COLLINS | Other Views


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


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