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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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Mild neuropathy may be result of medication side effect

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are ...

December 04, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Clinton vs. Trump II, 2020

Every sane person expects Green Party candidate Jill Stein's attempt to overturn the election with her vote recount effort to crash and burn. Given ...

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


A republican ban on internet gambling would repeat a costly democratic mistake

Debra Saunders is off this week. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy.

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


There are nondrug options for sleep aids

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column on sleep aids, I noticed that you said nothing about nondrug preparations. Some people find that chamomile helps ...

November 28, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The Third Reich isn’t on the way

Perhaps you've noticed that some of the most illiberal people in America these days ... are liberals.

November 28, 2016 | BERNARD GOLDBERG | Other Views


Populist-Nationalist tide rolls on

Now that the British have voted to secede from the European Union and America has chosen a president who has never before held public office ...

November 28, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


An ‘America First’ Trump Trade Policy

Donald Trump's election triumph is among the more astonishing in history.

November 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Tsunami media never saw coming

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that nobody in what passes for the mainstream media saw the tsunami coming, the wave ...

November 28, 2016 | BERNARD GOLDBERG | Other Views


Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing

What an election year. I feel like I've been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are ...

November 28, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


‘Sanctuary’ Means Career Criminals Can Run and Hide

Donald Trump understood something that many Washington insiders missed. Many Americans and some naturalized citizens bristle at elected officials constantly defending the rights of non-Americans ...

November 28, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


It’s a slow process to come off steroids

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica about five years ago, and I took prednisone for about a year. I was fine until ...

November 28, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Democrats and the Nazi card

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the odds-on favorite to become the Democratic National Committee's chairman, had a long association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam ...

November 26, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


The hilarious ‘Hamilton’ hubbub

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in New York during the transition, and he took his family to Broadway to see "Hamilton," the hot hip-hop Founding ...

November 25, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Some Thanksgivings are easy. When my children were younger, I just could not believe how lucky I was: two beautiful children, kinehora (in Jewish, that ...

November 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Memo to the President-elect

Dear Mr. President-elect,

November 23, 2016 | | Other Views


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