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Which type of flu shot is best?

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. -- J.H.

October 18, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Changing a dog’s name

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I recently adopted the most amazing dog from Pets N Pals in Lathrop, CA. We absolutely adore him but we are not fond of the name he came with. He is three years old so we worry about changing his name. What, exactly, are the repercussions if we do? New Doggy Mommy in Stockton

October 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump vs. Sanders

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted failure.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Reverend who won the airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. "He did the best he could with what he had," Marshall replied.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


Comcast rolls over for Hillary

In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on "Saturday Night Live," a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town hall meeting on the "Today" program.

October 14, 2015 | | Other Views


SF is haven for felons

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police. Today he's the rare prosecutor who has sent a message to career criminals in the country illegally: San Francisco will make the feds really work to deport them.

October 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Saying nuts to first class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed. So why couldn't I enjoy myself?

October 11, 2015 | SARAH BROWNING | Other Views


Facing the recurrent vertigo of meniere’s disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never actually been diagnosed with the condition, after several months of numerous tests on her heart, brain, ears, eyes and balance, the doctors "think" it's Meniere's disease. It came upon her rather suddenly, which is another puzzling aspect of her condition.

October 11, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Who even wants to be Speaker?

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been "a faithful conservative vote, though an occasionally nettlesome one to GOP leaders seeking to limit internal dissent." Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has such marked antipathy for McClintock that he took the unusual step of supporting a GOP challenger in McClintock's latest re-election bid.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


You are the best way to keep health care costs low

Your body is your temple.

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Allure of mass murder

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Pope gets served House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America" like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

October 08, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Other Views


Business financial ratios

Much like the speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure gauge on your car, financial ratios provide a useful way to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in the performance and solvency of your business. Also like cars, different businesses are conceived and designed to travel at different speeds. Try to run your diesel pickup (or Prius, to be politically sensitive) in an Indy race and you will soon realize this fundamental truth.

October 05, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views


Shoot first; ask questions later

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."

October 05, 2015 | | Other Views


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DONALD TRUMP

To Republicans who are livid, fearful, anxious and/or unhappy about the prospect of a Donald Trump nomination and a Donald Trump presidency, consider this.

January 14, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Red yeast rice seems promising

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read the letter from the man who took niacin to lower his cholesterol, which resulted in diabetes. I am not sure ...

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


College athletes do corporate hustle

For thrilling sports action on television, it's hard to top the sheer excitement of bowling, isn't it?

January 13, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Bernie & The Donald

Three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, and clarity emerges.

January 13, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Ibs symptoms on hiatus following colonoscopy

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have suffered for several years now from irritable bowel syndrome. I believe my symptoms began after back-to-back bouts of food poisoning ...

January 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Arne has left the building

On the last day of 2015, the longest serving member of President Obama's Cabinet, Arne Duncan, quietly stepped down from his official position as ...

January 12, 2016 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


Psa test has a place in treating prostate cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on PSA screening for prostate cancer. As an oncologist who specializes in prostate cancer, I wanted to ...

January 11, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Armed militia, law both wrong

Weeks before Ammon Bundy and his pals showed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest five-year federal prison sentences imposed on two Oregon ...

January 11, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


What to do about canine possession aggression issues

DEAR DIDI: We have a beautiful 8 month old male bulldog. He is sweet and very sociable with our family and friends. However, he has ...

January 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Treatment available for pseudogout

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column on pseudogout, you didn't discuss treatment. I had it earlier this year, and after a while it ...

January 10, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


NORTH KOREA

For Xi Jinping, it has been a rough week.

January 08, 2016 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

January 08, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Just saying yes

The New Year seems to have come and gone too fast, and in the hopes of holding on to that spirit for just a day ...

January 06, 2016 | | Other Views


A sure cure for ‘affluenza’

In 2013, Americans learned about a new epidemic - affluenza. As psychologist G. Dick Miller explained the phenomenon, children of wealthy parents are taught not the ...

January 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Looking forward to 1st election to vote

2016 is here and that means that we are now in an election year.

January 04, 2016 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views


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