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Big drop in bone density might require meds

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old woman diagnosed with osteopenia. My hip T-score is -2.3, and lumbar spine T-score is -1.6. My doctor suggested medication, but I am concerned about side effects. Is this really necessary? Can I safely wait? I am very active, eat a well-balanced diet and take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Three years ago, my scores were -1.3 and -0.1, so this seems a significant change. Also, what medication is best to try? -- N.M.

March 13, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Will oligarchs kill Trump?

Victories in Michigan and, Mississippi, the largest states decided on last week, have moved Donald Trump one step nearer to the nomination.

March 12, 2016 | | Other Views


The Sea Island conspiracy

Over the long weekend before the Mississippi and Michigan primaries, the sky above Sea Island was black with corporate jets.

March 11, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


What are we paying McConnell for?

Why should you and I have to keep paying Mitch McConnell's salary?

March 11, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Establishment in panic

Donald Trump "appeals to racism."

March 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Dogs need a social life

When I was kid we had a big German Shepard named Duke. He was great dog who was very friendly and always happy. He loved hanging out in the backyard, playing, jumping in water and doing all sorts of cool doggie things. As I remember it, Duke was just one easy going, awesome dog.

March 06, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Other Views


Cruz, my new best friend

I could vote for Ted Cruz in the California primary, I realized as I learned the senator from Texas won not only his home state on Super Tuesday but also Oklahoma. Cruz also beat Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses and claimed the top spot in the Alaska caucuses Tuesday.

March 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Oscar Night

Last Sunday was Oscar night, where the leftism of Hollywood - one-third of the "axis of indoctrination" -is on its annual full display. (The other two-thirds are media and academia.)

March 03, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


They don’t tell women how to vote

I didn't look up to Wonder Woman or Lara Croft as a child: I had women like Gloria Steinem. I was the type of girl who cut my dolls' hair short, insisted girls could do anything boys could, and invented stories where brave female protagonists always outsmarted the bad guys.

March 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Common Core ended Bush Dynasty

As Republicans try to make sense of Donald Trump's huge victory in the South Carolina primary, the big news is the shellacking of Jeb Bush in a state that voted four times for a George Bush for president. Trump defeated Bush by the overwhelming margin of 4-to-1 (33 percent to 8 percent).

March 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Trashing of Bill’s accusers

Hillary Clinton has never been asked whether she verbally intimidated alleged rape survivor Juanita Broaddrick. Nor has Clinton been asked whether she spearheaded the so-called "nuts and sluts" strategy to silence and intimidate women who alleged affairs with or sexual abuse by Bill Clinton.

February 29, 2016 | | Other Views


SF puts sanctuary before funding

Ever since Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle on a warm July evening as she strolled along Pier 14 with her father, San Francisco's Sanctuary City policy has enraged swaths of the rest of America. Lopez-Sanchez, you see, had been convicted of multiple felonies and deported five times. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would have deported the Mexican national if he had not been handed over to the San Francisco Sheriff's Office on a decades-old marijuana charge.

February 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary vs. The Donald

In a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race -which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries - what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court?

February 27, 2016 | | Other Views


McConnell Is a supreme hypocrite

Antonin Scalia is gone. The nastiest and noisiest of right wingers on the Supreme Court is dead.

February 27, 2016 | | Other Views


The State of San Joaquin County today

San Joaquin County is entering a new era of growth and innovation. Our people are on the rise. Our communities are on the rise. San Joaquin County is on the rise. The state of our County is strong.

February 26, 2016 | MOSES ZAPIEN | Other Views


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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


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